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Do you know anyone who uses Viagra (or similar medication)?

By June 1, 2008 - 12:33pm
 
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All kidding and spam aside...does anyone's sexual partner use viagra or similar medication? Is this drug just for ED or can it also be used to increase male libido?

I'm curious about the actual use of this drug, since we are bombarded with TV ads and email spam. I've also heard there are some side effects that can be unhealthy or dangerous to the man's health.

Thanks (in advance) for sharing...I know this is a sensitive topic and personal question!

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March 15, 2011 - 3:44am
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I used to use Viagra, now I prefer Extagen because it's more effective and safe.

August 31, 2009 - 12:03pm

My husband has actually tried both viagra and levitra. He had to stop taking viagra because he had an unusual side effect. He said he got blurry blue haze vision when taking it so our doctor gave him Levitra, which works better because he has diabetes. Just like this forum he goes and blogs at a mens ED blog http://www.edguider.com/ I snoop around every now and then, any questions you have about viagra you can surely find at that site LOL.

October 2, 2008 - 11:27am

My husband has used both.

These do not increase desire, they only will help keep an erection hard.

Viagra is supposed to be fast working and only lasts about 4 hours. He doesn't like Viagra because the timing is limited.

Cialis lasts for up to 36 hours and we like it much better. It works extremely well to help him maintain a hard erection.

The desire comes from testosterone production. As men age, they produce less testosterone and therefore desire and sex drive goes down.

Men can get testosterone replacement just as women can.

June 12, 2008 - 10:03pm

Excellent questions. I don't know anyone who personally uses Viagra either, but was able to find some info about the drug. The National Institutes of Health says Viagra (or Sildenafil) is used to treat erectile dysfunction or impotence -- the inability to get or keep an erection in men. No mention is made of the drug's ability to enhance libido but inability to have an erection and decrease libido seem to go hand in hand.

Apparently, there's a big difference in correcting sexual dysfunction and arousal, but more on that a little later.

And you heard right -- the NIH lists numerous precautions before taking the pill as well as a number of side effects.

Special precautions include telling your doctor about the use of nitrates and other prescription drugs as well as herbal products. And that's just the beginning. For more, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/medmaster/a699015.html.

And the side effects of the drug include:
headache
heartburn
diarrhea
flushing (feeling of warmth)
nosebleeds
difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
numbness, burning, or tingling in the arms, hands, feet, or legs
muscle aches
changes in color vision (seeing a blue tinge on objects or having difficulty telling the difference between blue and green)
sensitivity to light

Some side effects can be serious such as:

sudden severe loss of vision (see below for more information)
blurred vision
sudden decrease or loss of hearing
ringing in ears
erection that is painful or lasts longer than 4 hours
dizziness or lightheadedness
fainting
chest pain
worsening shortness of breath
itching or burning during urination
rash

And now on to loss of libido ...
Loss of libido for men could be linked to stress, illness, medications, emotional problems, and reduced levels of male sex hormones. Also, uneven sexual desire, at times, between you and your partner is normal and inevitable in long-term relationships. It is how you handle these challenges that makes the difference.

For more info on the male libido (and the female libido, as well) the Mayo Clinic has a great article on sex after 50. Check it out at ....
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sexual-health/HA00035.

Also, EmpowHer's founder, Michelle King Robson has written about Viagra and sexual health on numerous occasions: To read more, visit:

Sexual Dysfunction, Viagra, and 4-hour Erections—Oh No! The Story of the "Little Blue Pill" ;

More About Viagra, Its Side Effects, and Hey—Why Isn’t There Something Like This For Women?;

Let’s Talk About Sex…Well, Maybe Not. Why Are So Many Of Us Reluctant to Talk About Such an Important Part of Our Lives

June 1, 2008 - 4:10pm
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Anonymous

Hi, Connie!

I personally don't know anyone who takes Viagra but I think these are great questions. I'm sure our medical experts will get back to you on this with the latest in info on the drug.

Kristin Davis
http://ppdsurvivor.blogspot.com

June 1, 2008 - 3:08pm
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