From all sexual disorders, impotence is by far the one that most men fear. This is due to the fact that men tend to attach more more importance to sex than women and almost no guy can imagine a healthy and long-lasting relationship without good sex. And even though the most common opinion is that impotence affects only older men, this is not always the case; even males younger than forty, who lead perfectly normal, healthy, and fulfilling lives, can get affected as well. The causes are different in each case, but are commonly divided into physical or psychological (emotional); while the former have to be looked into by a medical professional, the latter can lead to temporary erectile dysfunction, which can go away on its own as time passes.
If you are experiencing erectile problems, do not absorb right away that this is impotence; the temporary accessibility to get an erection can be caused by the lack of experience, stress, and depression, previous bad experiences, but if the problems persist for a few months, then it is best to seek professional medical advice. And if you have been diagnosed with impotence, then you have quite a few treatment options to choose from; of course, these treatments can be therapy, medication, penis pumps, penile injections, or even surgery. Some of these options are quite outdated, while others are still used today and very effective; and even though each treatment has its pros and cons, the synthetic drugs seem to be the preferred choice by most doctors and patients.
The first oral ED medication ever approved in the United States was sildenafil citrate, which was developed, launched and sold under the brand name Viagra by the pharmaceutical giant Phizer. The launch was in 1998 and today close to 300 million tablets are sold each year; the intense success of the drug came after years of research and millions of dollars spent on marketing, but the great sales numbers motivated other companies to develop similar synthetic products too.
Even though today there are two more ED synthetic pills available, Viagra still holds 50% of the market.
The sildenafil citrate 100mg tablets are the strongest dose sold, but smaller tablets of 25mg and 50mg are available as well. Viagra is an oral medication, which should be taken with a glass of water and no more than one pill should be taken per 24 hours.
How safe is sildenafil citrate?
It should be noted that sildenafil citrate is sold either as Viagra, or what is known as generic Viagra – the generic pills have the same ingredients as the trade-name pill, but are manufactured by companies different than Phizer. As long as the pill has the same active ingredient, sildenafil citrate, it will work just as well as the brand-name drug and be equally effective. The only difference is that due to the low cost of labor and fewer initial expenses, the generic drugs are significantly cheaper. Clinical studies have proven that sildenafil citrate is extremely safe – actually the patients that were taking placebo had just as many complaints as the patients taking sildenafil citrate; even though these test results were quite promising, the possible side effects should not be ignored – in rare cases that can cause complications, so if any discomfort has been taken while taking the pills, immediately visit the doctor in order.