What Is Sildenafil?
Sildenafil is the generic alternative to Viagra and is medically identical to the little blue pill which means that it contains exactly the same active ingredients and provides exactly the same function although it may look different. In fact, Sildenafil existed long before it became branded as Viagra by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.
It’s primary function was supposed to be to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and related heart conditions. While it was found to be largely ineffective at treating these conditions, it did result in a high number of test subjects reporting increased erections after taking the supplement.
It was only after the drug was found to open blood vessels in the penis and was approved by the FDA to treat erectile dysfunction that Sildenafil became branded as Viagra. When the patent for Viagra, held by Pfizer, expired in 2013, Sildenafil became available as a generic alternative to Viagra at a much lower cost.
How Does Sildenafil Work?
Sildenafil contains sildenafil citrate which is a PDE 5 inhibitor that blocks the chemical action of phosphodiesterase type-5. Blocking this chemical action relaxes the blood vessels allowing for better blood flow. The increased blood flow results in a penile erection from sexual stimulation that lasts for an extended period of time.
What Is Sildenafil Used To Treat?
Sildenafil is rarely prescribed to treat hypertension or heart diseases as there are drugs that provide much better results. The drug is primarily prescribed to treat a wide range of erectile dysfunction disorders in men.
What Are The Risks Associated With Taking Sildenafil?
There are many risks and side effects associated with the use of Sildenafil. It is not recommended to use the medication without a prescription from a medical practitioner or doctor after discussing the risks and side effects. The dosage should never be increased and the drug should not be taken against the instructions of a medical doctor. It is also important to be aware that interactions can occur with other medications and that there are contraindications for the use of this drug.
Are There Natural Alternatives Or Supplements To Sildenafil?
There are literally hundreds of natural remedies available that claim to treat erectile dysfunction, some of which work and others that have little to no effect at all. In most cases, Sildenafil is far more effective at treating these types of disorders than the natural alternatives that are available.
Some natural remedies that may be effective in promoting an erect penis for a longer period of time include:
– Pomegranate juice acts to suppress phosphodiesterase type-5 in the same way as Sildenafil however, it is not as effective and large amounts of the juice is required to successfully treat mild to moderate erectile dysfunction.
– Panax or red ginseng taken orally has shown significant results in a number of studies to improve erectile dysfunction due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties and enhancing blood circulation and flow through the body.
– DHEA, manufactured from yams and soy, is a hormone that can be converted to testosterone and is effectively used to treat erectile dysfunction in diabetics and men with hormonal problems.