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By: Kama Health Editorial Team
Reviewed by: Dr. Rajeev Mangat
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Sildenafil?
Sildenafil is the generic name for Viagra Canada, a famous oral medication brand for treating erectile dysfunction or ED. The oral tablet can also be prescribed to treat PAH or pulmonary arterial hypertension. Sildenafil or Viagra Canada can only be purchased with a prescription, and it can be bought from an online Pharmacy or your local drugstore.
How Does Sildenafil Work?
Sildenafil belongs to a class of drugs called PDE5 or phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors which inhibit the enzymes and can cause blood flow to the penis resulting in an erection. It is important to note that taking Viagra Canada or even generic Sildenafil cannot cure ED, but it can help treat the symptoms and help patients who are experiencing ED.
Sildenafil oral tablets come in 25, 50 or 100 mg, and your doctor will first conduct a series of tests, such as a physical examination and medical history assessment, to ensure they will prescribe the proper dosage. In most cases, the doctor will prescribe the 50mg dosage, which should be taken 30 minutes to an hour before engaging in sexual activity. Patients are also advised not to take more than one Viagra per day, regardless of the dosage prescribed.
Sexual stimulation is still necessary since taking Sildenafil will not result in an instant erection. The medication is also fast-acting; patients can experience its effects for up to an hour. It is best to take only the recommended dosage to avoid experiencing any adverse effects.
Essential Things to Know Before You Purchase Viagra Sildenafil
Before taking Sildenafil or Viagra Canada, schedule an appointment with your doctor. They will perform the necessary tests to check your condition and get your complete medical history. Do not forget to mention the following vital points or medical conditions that you may have:
- Bleeding disorders such as hemophilia
- Eye problems such as retinitis pigmentosa or any history of vision loss
- Heart conditions like angina, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heart rhythms
- Kidney or liver problems
- Low or high blood pressure
- Peyronie’s disease
- Sickle cell anemia
- Stomach ulcers
It is also important to inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following medications:
- Other PDE5 inhibitors
You should also inform your doctor if you have any known allergies, recent surgeries, including dental procedures, and if you take any alcohol or drugs. It is best to disclose all pertinent information so the doctor can prescribe the proper treatment and prevent interactions.
Safety Considerations when Taking Viagra
Viagra is a potent medication, so a Viagra Canada prescription is needed when you purchase the medication at a local drugstore or an online Pharmacy in Canada. The vasodilatory properties of Sildenafil can cause side effects such as flushing, headache, or indigestion. Vasodilators are medications designed to dilate blood vessels, which is why it is not advisable to self-medicate or take Viagra Canada without the supervision and guidance of a healthcare provider.
Here are some essential tips to help prevent any adverse outcomes when you plan to purchase Viagra Sildenafil:
- Cardiovascular Risks
Your doctor may prescribe a different treatment option if you have a history of cardiovascular conditions. In any case, they may still prescribe Viagra Canada, but at a lower dosage.
- Dosage Adherence
Take the medication as your doctor prescribes, and never take more than one tablet a day, even when it is at the lowest dose.
Go to the ER immediately if you will experience an erection that lasts for more than 4 hours. Priapism is a severe medical condition which requires prompt medical aid to prevent any severe damage to the penis.
- Side Effects
Ask your doctor about the side effects you may experience after taking Viagra Canada. Seek medical help immediately if you experience persistent or severe side effects.
In conclusion, always make sure to adhere to the guidelines provided by your doctor. It is also best to read and understand the medication label of Viagra Canada and take note of any side effects that you may experience.