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Outcome of Viagra Abuse Inherited by Cialis



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By: Elena Grace Flores

 

ED MedResearchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles noticed a substantial number of fatalities due to cardiovascular malfunctions with close association with Viagra use in year 2000. 522 deaths occurred within 5 hours of taking the minimal Viagra dosage of 50 mg. Common factors include the same age group below 65 years old, without history of cardiovascular conditions and no possible risk of heart ailments. Some deaths were traced from nitrates and amyl nitrate use together with Viagra.

These deaths were never acknowledged publicly and there was downplaying of the real side effects and damaging results from the association of these drugs with other elements in various prescribed or non-prescribed medications. The worst happened when Viagra was used by teenagers without ED as party drug. This was reported by the law enforcement officers from Athens, Georgia. There were also reports in 2002 from the study conducted by California Department of Health in San Francisco that bisexual and gay men Viagra users were four times higher than heterosexual men. The dangerous part was, they were fond of combining Ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and crystal methamphetamine with Viagra.

Finding the Right Approach

The FDA and the maker of Viagra, Pfizer already bombarded the public with too much information but the excitement of vicious men was leading others into the pit. Men on HIV medications have greater chances of being affected with ED. The right approach as always indicated by the manufacturers and government agencies is to consult a doctor and never self-medicate. They are the ones who know for sure that some protease inhibitors trigger tremendous blood level increase when associated with Viagra thus resulting to visual impairment, fainting, headache and priapism or painful and prolonged erection.


Irresponsible people who distributed these sexual boosters mainly Viagra plus Levitra and Cialis as power display during parties to people without caring about their medical history were the culprits. Takers never had an idea that it was fatal to combine these ED medications with their party drugs or even with what they were taking during those times. Naturally, the bad outcome of those incidents gave a bad name to not only Viagra and Levitra but also Cialis – that was released only in a much later date.

The Ultimate Truth

Cialis is one of the five oral drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat erectile dysfunction along with Levitra, Staxyn, Viagra and Stendra and all of these work by increasing the flow of blood into the penis so that when a male is sexually stimulated, he can get an erection. The good side of Cialis aside from having the FDA approval is that it takes effect faster (within 15 minutes) unlike Levitra and Viagra which takes effect in about 30 minutes. Also, Cialis effect lasts much longer (36 hours) that’s why it is called “The Weekend Pill”. Others only last for about 5 to 6 hours. On the not so good side, Cialis should not be taken if you have the following conditions:

  • If you have suffered from a heart attack, stroke or life threatening arrhythmia (irregular heart rate) within the last 6 months
  • If you have uncontrolled high or low blood pressure
  • If you experienced chest pain and dizziness while having sex

The side effects of Cialis and other approved ED drug remedies would be as follows:

  • Headache
  • Upset Stomach or Heartburn
  • Flushing (feeling warm)
  • Changes in vision (color, glare)
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Back Pain

Should the above symptoms persist for more than 4 hours, then you have to go to your doctor to check what is wrong. In addition treat it as an emergency if you suffer any of the following after taking Cialis:

  1. Rash
  2. Painful Erection
  3. Prolonged Erection (longer than 4 hours as this can damage the penis)
  4. Fainting
  5. Chest Pains
  6. Itching or burning while urinating

In addition, stop taking Cialis if you experience sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes. This might be a rare vision problem called NAION (Nonarteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy) where the blood flow is blocked to the optic nerve. People prone to NAION are the following:

  • Over 50 years old
  • Smokers
  • Have Heart Disease
  • Have Diabetes
  • Have High Blood Pressure
  • Have High Cholesterol Level
  • Have Certain Eye Problems

Furthermore, there are certain situations in which Cialis may not be safe to take. Before taking them, inform you doctor:

  • If you are allergic to any drugs including Viagra or other ED medications
  • If you are taking any prescription or non-prescription medications including herbal and dietary supplements
  • If you are scheduled for surgery, including dental surgery
  • If you take nitro-glycerine or a long-acting nitrate to treat chest pain as when combined with any ED medications can cause dangerously low blood pressure.
  • If you are taking alpha-blockers for blood pressure or prostate problems, dangerously low blood pressure can also be caused when combined with ED medications.
  • If you have kidney trouble or if on dialysis
  • If you have stomach ulcers
  • If you have a bleeding disorder such as haemophilia
  • If you have been told not to have sexual intercourse due to health reasons

As an additional precaution, always follow the directions on your prescription label carefully. Inquire from your doctor if something is not clear to you. Take these drugs exactly as directed and take it whole, do not break it. You can take this pill with or without food. Taking it more or less than prescribed by your doctor will be risky. Do not take it more than once a day and if you have to take it daily, then take one almost the same time each day. These drugs should be kept in its original container and out of reach of children. Keep them away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away expired medication or if no longer preserved in good condition.

Cialis like any prescription drug should be taken with your doctor’s approval. The not so good side may outweigh the good side as enumerated above but the benefit you can get out of it really serves its purpose. The outcome could mean complete satisfaction for you and your partner plus an added confidence you will feel when engaging in intimate activities. As an added warning, be careful when ordering online, it should come from reputable companies so you can be sure you are getting the right drug and the right formulation as prescribed by your doctor.

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