Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Viagra? An erection at any cost to our health?

Okay. I know this drug is not only popular, it is the cause of much mirth! It is, of course, a drug used for male impotence, or erectile dysfunction. Indeed, it is widely used ‘recreationally’ by men who want to improve their sexual performance, and to increase the size of their erection. 

There is a widespread belief that it is effective in doing this, although the evidence for this remains less than certain.

Yet what most men don’t realise is that this drug has a multitude of adverse reactions, not often spoken about - many of which can actually damage male potency, and fertility, not to mention our general health. 

Just by listing them here makes this a large article! And this extensive list comes from the ‘NetDoctor’ website.

Most common reactions
Aches or pains in the muscles
Bloody nose
Diarrhea
Difficult or laboured breathing
Flushing
Headache
Pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
Redness of the skin
Sneezing
Stomach discomfort following meals
Stuffy or runny nose
Trouble sleeping
Unusually warm skin

Less common reactions
Bladder pain
Burning feeling in the chest or stomach
Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
Cloudy or bloody urine
Dizziness
Increased frequency of urination
Indigestion
Pain on urination
Stomach upset
Tenderness in the stomach area

Rare reactions
Abdominal or stomach pain
Abnormal visions
Abnormal dreams
Anxiety
Behaviour change similar to drunkenness
Bleeding of the eye
Blurred vision
Bone pain
Breast enlargement
Chest pain
Chills
Clumsiness or unsteadiness
Cough
Chills
Cold Sweats
Confusion
Convulsions (Seizures)
Cool or pale skin
Deafness and hearing loss
Decrease in amount of urine, or frequency of urination
Decreased vision
Diarrhoea or stomach cramps (severe or continuing)
Difficulty concentrating
Difficulty in swallowing
Dizziness or lightheadedness, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
Double vision
Drowsiness
Dry eyes
Dry mouth
Dryness, redness, scaling, or peeling of the skin
Ear pain
Excessive hunger
Eye pain
Fainting or faintness
Fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat
Feeling of something in the eye
Fever or chills
Headache (severe or continuing)
Increased amount of saliva
Increase in size of the pupil
Increased skin sensitivity
Increased sweating
Increased thirst
Lack of coordination
Loss of bladder control
Lower back or side pain
Mental depression
Migraine headache
Nausea (severe or continuing)
Nervousness
Nightmares
Numbness of the hands
Numbness or tingling of the hands, legs, or feet
Painful, swollen joints
Prolonged, painful erection of penis
Rectal bleeding
Redness or irritation of the tongue
Redness, soreness, swelling, or bleeding of the gums
Redness, burning, or swelling of the eyes
Redness, itching, or tearing of the eyes
Restless sleep
Ringing or buzzing in the ears
Seeing shades of colours differently than before
Sensation of motion, usually whirling, either of one's self or of one's surroundings
Sensitivity to light
Sexual problems in men (continuing), including failure to experience a sexual orgasm
Shakiness
Skin lesions with swelling
Skin paleness
Skin rash, hives, or itching
Skin ulcers
Sleepiness
Slurred speech
Sore throat
Sores in the mouth and on the lips
Sudden weakness
Swelling of the face, hands, feet, or lower legs
Tense muscles
Trembling and shaking
Trouble breathing
Twitching of the muscles
Unusual feeling of burning or stinging of the skin
Unusual tiredness or weakness
Vision changes
Vision loss, temporary
Vomiting
Waking to urinate at night
Worsening of asthma

Incidence not known (!!)
Blindness


What all this amounts to is a big price to pay for a slightly larger erection!