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Aging may affect your body’s ability to deal with foreign agents reflecting in altered actions of some medications and, sometimes, increased risk of their side effects. Males 60+ and 70+ are numerical category of Viagra takers, because erectile dysfunction is one of the most prevalent chronic disorders in the older population due to neurologic, hormonal, cavernosal, psychogenic, and other types of causes. Should they be aware of extra side effects and can Viagra act alterably in their bodies?

The Nature of Viagra’s Side Effects

According to a review by Andrew R McCullough (New York School of Medicine, 2002), the two commonest adverse events are headache and flushing (about 10%), both of which are short-term and non-problematically treated. Other (rare) side effects of the famous anti-ED tablet include:

  • heart rate disturbance
  • convulsions
  • skin rash
  • hearing impairment or loss
  • dyspepsia
  • nosebleeds
  • dizziness, fainting

What’s the cause behind a probability of undesirable reactions? Viagra is characeterized by high selectivity and it acts preponderantly in the target areas (genital area in this case), however, slight systemic actions like mild vasodilation of blood vessels are possible. This factor and probably other ones may serve as triggers of side effects.

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What Does the Official Instruction Say?

According to the official leaflet, in healthy elderly males (over 65 years of age), the clearance of sildenafil, which means time for a pharmaceutical substance to be completely removed from the organism is reduced. The concentration of the Viagra’s active ingredient is tentatively 40% higher than in young guys and adults (18–45 years). Age doesn’t significantly influence the risk of side effects. However, one should not start taking Viagra with 100mg, especially considering a potential 40-percent blood plasma increase of the active substance in the elderly.

Can the Risk of Side Effect be Increased Due to an Old Age?

So we’ve found out that healthy males aged 65+ don’t experience an elevated incidence of side effects. But the keyword here is ‘healthy’. Many seniors naturally have different health disorders like diabetes, hepatic and renal failures.

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When Dosage Correction is Needed?

In case of severe renal failure, the rate of Viagra elimination from the organism diminishes, which can cause a roughly 2-fold increase in the area under the curve or AUC (in short this mean an integral with the variation of a drug concentration in blood plasma, representing the total drug exposure across time) and Cmax (a peak drug concentration in serum) rates in comparison to males with adequate renal function in the identical age group. Hence renal patients may require dose adjustments. They may be prescribed the minimal dosage of the blue pill (25mg), and in practice it may be felt as fifty milligrams due to alterations in pharmacokinetics indicators.

In cirrhosis patients who had a severe stage of this disease (class A or and B with accordance to the Child-Pugh score), the clearance of the active Viagra agent decreases, which again leads to considerable changes in Cmax numbers and the area under the curve. These patients also need dosage corrections.

Viagra Dosage: Which One Should I Take?

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How to Minimize the Risk of Side Effects?

Correct administration of the pharmaceutical to improve erection can minimize the risk of side effects. To avoid serious health consequences, it is important to coordinate the correct dose of Viagra with a healthcare professional. In addition, always follow instructions and do not consume increase quantities of the tablets.

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I’m an Oncologist and Hematology Specialist primary located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. I have over 55 years of experience in the medical field and more than 20 years of practice. I’m skilled at the treatment & diagnosis of a large array of ailments & diseases in adults.

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