The Blue Pill: Facts and Myths
Sildenafil, famously known as Viagra and nicknamed “the blue pill” is medication used in treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) and also pulmonary arterial hypertension. It may be taken orally or by injection. It is commonly used to stimulate eroticism by increasing the flow of blood to male reproductive system to help the user to maintain an erection. It is important to note that the use of this drug will not resolve the main cause of your ED, and does not lead to increased “romantic” desires.
Viagra is increasingly becoming popular among young adults due to the belief that it boosts libido, enhances “performance” and increasing the “size”.
MYTH: The more pills you use, the more effective it shall be
Only take the dosage as directed by the physician. Do not take more than one dose within one day. Moreover, it should not be combined with other ED medications.
FACT: The “blue pill” can result in side effects.
Though not common, and is rarely severe, use of the drug may result into side effects.
MYTH: Use of Sildenafil stops ejaculation.
Viagra enhances blood flow to the reproductive system due to erotic arousal
MYTH: You can’t get pregnant if you or your partner uses Viagra.
Earlier on, some studies had suggested that the use of the drug results to breakdown of sperm’s acrosome reducing its ability to break down the egg’s membrane. However, according to NHS, there is no firm evidence to support the idea.
MYTH: Viagra protects against STI
Use of the drug does not offer any sort of protection against STI’s
Viagra should only be used under doctor’s prescription. Sildenafil has active ingredients which may cause allergic reactions. Inform your doctor if you have conditions like priapism (painful or prolonged erection), cardiovascular diseases for example heart failure, heart attack, high blood pressure, low blood pressure
Some common side effects of the blue pill are: dizziness, headache, visual changes e.g blurred vision, and stomach upsets. Additionally, the drug may lead to serious side effects like fainting, severe dizziness, chest pain and nausea. This is attributed to the fact that a lot of strain is put on the heart. Seek immediate medical assistance if serious side effects are observed. In rare cases, allergic reactions have been reported.
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