Sildenafil generic, the brand name being Viagra, is a medication that is mainly used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) of either psychological or medical cause, and that its other use is for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
Sildenafil generic works as a selective inhibitor of cGMP specific for PDE5. Sildenafil generic was first discovered by David Brown, Andrew Bell and Nicholas Terrett, who were all scientists working at Pfizer, a pharmaceutical corporation located in New York.
Sildenafil generic, under the brand name Viagra, is formulated as a blue circle-diamond-shaped tablet which is film-coated. The oral sildenafil generic tablets can come in dosages of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg.
Medical Uses of Sildenafil Generic
There are actually 3 medical uses for sildenafil generic:
- Sildenafil generic for erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment
Sildenafil generic is recommended for use in male patients who are found to be suffering from male impotence, erectile dysfunction, or the inability to obtain an erection long enough for successful intercourse. The ideal dose of sildenafil generic for most patients is 50 mg, and it is supposed to be taken around 1 hour prior to sexual engagement. Depending on the tolerability and its effect, the dose may be decreased to 25 mg or increased to its maximum dose of 100 mg each day. Never take this medicine more than once each day.
- Sildenafil generic for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) treatment
In 2005, sildenafil generic was approved for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension by the USFDA. It is released in the market as Revatio for PAH treatment. Sildenafil is a PDE5 inhibitor that can stop vascular remodeling, and increase the vasodilation of the pulmonary artery, thereby lowering the pulmonary artery’s pressure.
- Sildenafil generic for high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) in mountaineers
Sildenafil generic was found out to be effective for the treatment and prevention of HAPE, known as high-altitude pulmonary edema. This condition affects people with altitude sickness, especially those mountaineers who climb very high mountains. Whilst sildenafil generic has been proven to be effective, it still pays to be cautious in taking this drug as it can worsen the headache experienced by mountaineers.
Non-medical Uses of Sildenafil Generic
Sildenafil generic also has non-medical uses:
- Sildenafil generic for recreational use
Young adults are very adventurous and curious, and because of the fact that sildenafil generic became popular for ED treatment, they have used it for recreational purposes. They believed that it can improve sexual performance, increase sexual drive, or permanently increase the size of the penis. Recreational use of sildenafil generic actually does not do anything much on people who are not really suffering from ED.
- Sildenafil generic for jet lag research
While not entirely useful, it has been discovered in 2007 that sildenafil generic helps in treating jet lag in hamsters.
- Sildenafil generic for sports enhancement
Pro athletes have noted using sildenafil generic in the belief that its action of widening their blood vessels will in turn augment their muscles, which will dramatically enhance their athletic performance.
- Sildenafil generic for prolongation of shelf life of cut flowers
Researchers of Australian and Israeli heritage have discovered that 1 mg of sildenafil generic dissolved in a vase filled with water can help prolong the shelf life of cut flowers. The cut flowers are found to stand upright for up to 7 days, which is normally beyond their natural life span. It is also found out to slow down the ripening of the plant – in roses, broccoli, and strawberries.