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Viagra Abuse and Recreational Use: Risks & Dangers

Viagra is an anti-ED medication which should be used only if a patient suffers from erectile dysfunction. Its dosages should not exceed norms indicated in the instructions. However, these two simple rules are often violated by ED sufferers and even healthy males. Both Viagra abuse and recreational use may be associated with some health risks.

Viagra Abuse: Don’t Put Your Health in Peril

Back in 1998, after Viagra appeared on the market (making a revolutionary splash), a boatload of healthcare professionals were worried about the blatant cases of abuse of this “spellful” drug. Patients used it in quantities that were bigger than sanctioned ones. Situation has not changed since the date of the reports.

The key risk of using increased dosages of Viagra is overdose, and, subsequently, the possibility of more severe side effects occurrence. It’s known that the most frequent sides of the drug include:

  • headaches* (probably the most widespread unwished effect);
  • feeling dizzy;
  • blurred vision, cyanopsy (impaired color perception when a patient begins to see everything in blue);
  • hot face flashes;
  • nasal congestion;
  • nausea, dyspepsia, other gastrointestinal problems.

*Read more about headaches in a detailed article.

Contrary to popular belief, prolonged erection and priapism are not frequent occurrences when treating with Viagra. The medicine can also cause other unhealthinesses (like memory problems, ringing in the ears and hearing loss), however, they are typically rare.

However, in case of overdosage the abovementioned undesirable effects may be much severer. For instance, a man may experience loss of vision, a significant change in color perception, a sharp drop in blood pressure, a really bad headache, dangerous cardiovascular disorders, and priapism. There have been more sad occasions associated with the drug’s overdose, for example, amputation of the male organ, hospitalization with painful priapism, and even death due to the cardiac issues provoked by sildanafil and excessive sexual activity.

The most optimal dose of the medication is 50mg. Males with some pronounced health problems may take lowered dosage – 25mg, while patients with severe degree of ED or low responsiveness to sildenafil may switch to 100mg.

Many older drug users may unconsciously mix heart medications with impotence pills, which can lead to other health complications. When using very high dosages of the drug, the consequences can be unpredictable.

It is important: never combine sildenafil with nitrates (glyceryl trinitrate, isosorbide dinitrate, and isosorbide mononitrate.).

Some examples include: Minitran patch by Medicis Dermatologics, Nitrek by Bertek, Nitro-Bid by Savage, Isordil Tembids by Wyeth (in the United States); Apo-Nitroglycerin by Apotex, Nitro-Dur by Merck, Apo-ISDN by Apotex (in Canada).

What is Recreational Use of Drugs?

Recreational use (“recreation” means “rest”, “recuperation”) is the use of drugs that are not related to medical indications, for pleasure or other purposes. Opiates and cocaine, other psychostimulants, psychedelics and hallucinogens are most often used for recreational purposes. However, other drugs, especially Viagra, are no exception. Using recreational meds means that you are at risk. It can be unsafe and at some point, such usage can simply get out of control.

Viagra Recreational Use

What does Viagra do, according to the crowd’s opinion? Some people believe that it improves libido (sexual attraction), but this is not the case. This issue needs serious consideration, given the increasing wave of Viagra users. Viagra as a drug to improve penile erection is a very popular product, which occupies a permanent place in the lives of some party lovers.

Viagra may be combined with narcotics when used recreationally. Dennis G. Fisher, Robert Malow et al. (2006) detected consistent associations between the recreational use of sildenafil-based meds and amphetamines immediately before or during sexual intercourse. Moreover, according to the WebMD, abuse of the drug among males who have sexual contacts with other males may elevate the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. Of course, the Pfizer’s tablet itself doesn’t cause dangerous infections, however, researchers says that prolongation of penile erection time, better blood flow to the penis, and subsequent active sex may elevate the risk of catching these infections from a partner. Having pumped up with drugs and Viagra, a person gets wild sexual energy like a raging bull. He goes to bed to have filthy hot sex, discarding caution.

Moreover, males with recently diagnosed the human immunodeficiency virus more often use Viagra than non-infected fellows.

Conclusions

Be judicious and circumspect, when using Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction. Do not think that more is better. In fact, excessive doses mean more hazardous influence on the body. It is also not advised to use this pharmaceutical product for recreational purposes (“for fun”). Good health is the most precious of all possessions, so take care of it.