What is Viagra? It works? What are the side effects? How long does it last?

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Almost half of men between the ages of 40 and 70 suffer from erectile dysfunction in the UK; that’s around 4.3 million people.

But reports suggest that the “little blue pill” is becoming increasingly popular among younger people in their twenties and thirties.

A 2020 survey of 5,000 men by Upjohn, the maker of Viagra Connect, the over-the-counter version of the drug, found that 18 percent of men aged 18 to 24 had erectile difficulties.

And more recently, the ease of obtaining the drug without a prescription seems to be fueling its popularity among a younger audience.

More than 60% of Britons who use it are aged between 25 and 54, according to figures from pharmaceutical company Viatris seen by The Independent this week.

Reports suggest that the “little blue pill” is becoming increasingly popular among younger people in their twenties and thirties.

The publication added that Viagra Connect sold more than seven million tablets in the UK from May 2020 to May 2021.

An online pharmacist also told the outlet, “Of our personalized erectile dysfunction database, nine percent are in their twenties and 21 percent are in their thirties.”

Reports in recent years have seen practitioners say they have seen people as young as 16 expressing an interest in the drug.

Speaking to the Daily Mail in 2020, a specialist nurse from the Sex Counseling Association said: “I’ve been in this field for 27 years and 20% of my erectile dysfunction patients are now under 30, compared with 2% 20. years ago… I’m seeing boys as young as 16, and many young men in their twenties.’

But what does Viagra actually do? Who can use it, what are the side effects and why is it so popular?

Here’s everything you need to know about the drug.

Viagra was originally cooked up by Covid vaccine maker Pfizer in 1989, with the hope that sildenafil citrate could treat high blood pressure.

Viagra was originally cooked up by Covid vaccine maker Pfizer in 1989, with the hope that sildenafil citrate could treat high blood pressure.

WHAT IS VIAGRA?

Most men occasionally struggle to get or maintain an erection due to stress, fatigue, anxiety or excessive alcohol consumption.

But up to one in five men in the UK (4.3 million) suffer from erectile dysfunction, when it continues to happen.

It can be caused by high blood pressure or cholesterol, hormonal problems or side effects of medication.

Medicines containing sildenafil, originally developed to treat angina pectoris, are often used to treat the condition. It widens blood vessels and increases blood flow to the genitals.

Viagra was originally cooked up by Covid vaccine maker Pfizer in 1989, with the hope that sildenafil citrate could treat high blood pressure.

But clinical trials in Wales a few years later saw men report an unusual side effect: they got more erections while taking the drug.

The drug was approved in the US and EU in 1998, under the brand name Viagra, and became one of the best-selling drugs of all time.

The drug was approved in the US and EU in 1998, under the brand name Viagra, and became one of the best-selling drugs of all time.

The drug was approved in the US and EU in 1998, under the brand name Viagra, and became one of the best-selling drugs of all time.

WHERE CAN YOU GET IT?

Unbranded sildenafil may be available on the NHS to treat erectile dysfunction or pulmonary hypertension.

Brand versions, such as Viagra, can only be given in exceptional circumstances. You can also get the drug with a private prescription, but the pills are also available over the counter.

This summer Boots has started selling its own brand of Viagra, in a move hailed by doctors amid the cost of living crisis.

The chemist is now offering a pack of four impotence pills for £14.99, £5 cheaper than the original version.

The rise and rise of Viagra

1989

The pharmaceutical company Pfizer is preparing a compound called sildenafil citrate that it hopes to treat high blood pressure.

1993

When tested in Wales, one tester mentions that he got more erections while there. The others say: ‘So do we!’ It is a moment of progress.

March 1998

The drug, now branded Viagra, is approved in the US as the first pharmaceutical for erectile dysfunction. It quickly becomes one of the best-selling drugs of all time, with 10,000 prescriptions a day.

September 1998

Viagra gets its European license. From July 1999, the NHS began prescribing Viagra to men with underlying conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or prostate cancer, but Viagra is more widely available by private prescription or from overseas providers on the Internet.

July 1999

In Sex and the city, man-eater Samantha dates a rich old man who pops the blue pills. Later he stars in Viagra Ally McBeal i law and order.

April 2004

The UK’s first ‘Viagra divorce’ is granted as a middle-aged woman claims the drug made her husband ‘sexually aggressive’.

2007

In England, 1,838,687 prescription items are dispensed for erectile dysfunction.

  Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas

Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas

January 2010

Michael Douglas says he’s glad his wife likes older men and praises the drug: “In recent years there have been some wonderful improvements, Viagra, Cialis, that can make us feel younger.” It also has its own movie: Love and other drugs with Jake Gyllenhaal playing a Viagra salesman.

Michael Douglas praises Viagra for “making us all feel younger.” “God bless her because she likes older boys,” he says of his wife, actress Catherine Zeta Jones. “And in recent years there have been some wonderful improvements, Viagra, Cialis, that can make us feel younger.”

June 2013

Viagra’s European patent expires, so with the over-the-counter drug sildenafil available at a 93 per cent price cut, the NHS is allowing prescriptions for a wider range of male impotence cases.

2017

The number of prescriptions dispensed for erectile dysfunction has increased to 4,223,282.

March 2018

Viagra is legally available to men over the age of 18 through pharmacy and over-the-counter websites such as Viagra Connect.

September 2018

Online health company Zava admits it is stockpiling a million Viagra pills in case Brexit disrupts medical supplies.

It is also available online. However, the NHS website warns: “Be very careful if you do this as many websites sell fake medicines.”

Add: [Online medicines are not always regulated and the ingredients in them can vary from one pack to another. They can cause unpleasant side effects or may not be suitable for you.

‘It’s best to see your doctor before buying medicines online. They know your medical history and can discuss whether you might benefit from treatment.’

WHO CAN USE IT? 

Most men over 18 may take sildenafil to treat erectile dysfunction, but adults and children (one year old and over) may also take the drug for pulmonary hypertension.

However the NHS advises that it is not suitable for everyone, including individuals with serious heart or liver problems, recent stroke or heart attack victims and people with low blood pressure.

See the full list here.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS? 

Common side effects may include headaches, hot flushes, nausea, indigestion, dizziness and a stuffy nose.

More serious possible side effects are painful erections (especially if they last for more than two hours), seizures and chest pain.

An allergic reaction is also possible, alongside any listed in the leaflet which comes with your medicine.

WHY ARE MORE MEN RESORTING TO VIAGRA?

Many of the new generation of teenage and young adult Viagra users are otherwise physically fit, who use it as a prop to ensure sexual performance.

However in recent years doctors are warning that others may be suffering sexual difficulties and impotence caused by obesity and obesity-related type 2 diabetes.

This is a problem previously seen only in much older patients, and it’s causing concern, Ian Eardley, a professor of urology at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, told the Daily Mail in 2020.

However, there are multiple reasons why young men may be affected by problems in the bedroom, including the rising use of pornography, binge drinking and drug- taking, as these mean they need more stimulation to make anything happen.

Doctors are now increasingly aware that erectile dysfunction (ED) might be a sign of underlying disease — and fear that young men may be self-prescribing Viagra. As a result, the real cause of their issues remains untreated, despite it being treatable.

‘There’s no doubt that type 2 diabetes causes it and a 30-year-old diabetic is at least twice or three times as likely as a non-diabetic to suffer from erectile dysfunction,’ Professor Eardley said.

Elsewhere this April, Canadian experts found regularly taking the common erectile dysfunction pill Viagra may raise the risk of three serious eye conditions.

Three other impotence medicines – Cialis, Levitra and Spedra – were also named as being potential triggers of eye problems.

They found the medications may cause sudden losses of vision, flashes of light and dark spots or ‘floaters’ in those who take them.

Increasing blood flow to the genitals with the pills could be hindering its supply to the eyes, which the experts suggested may be to blame.

Lead researcher Dr Mahyar Etminan, an ophthalmologist at the University of British Columbia, said people using the drugs who develop vision problems should ‘seek medical attention’.

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU TOOK TOO MUCH?

Viagra has a range of different side effects which range in severity. According to Medical Daily, too much of the drug may result in a painful, ‘uncomfortably and disproportionately large erection’ called a priapism which could go on for hours.

According to the NHS site, if not treated promptly, this could cause permanent damage to the penis.

It recommends seeking medical help if the erection lasts more than two hours. At the hospital, the patient could be treated with ‘tablets or injections directly into your penis’ or blood could be drained from the area via a needle or surgery.

NHS guidance also says that a priapism ‘may get better on its own within two hours’ and suggests there are things you can do to try and reduce the erection.

Going for a pee, having a warm bath or shower, drinking lots of water, going for a gentle walk, doing some exercises or taking painkillers such as paracetamol (if needed) are recommended.

The NHS site says you should NOT apply ice packs or cold water to the area, have sex or masturbate, drink alcohol or smoke.

BUT THERE CAN BE POSITIVE SIDE EFFECTS 

Taking Viagra could cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, scientists say.

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic in the US examined the medical data of 7million Americans in their 70s, tracking them for six years.

Results showed adults who took sildenafil, the main ingredient in the little blue pill, were 69 per cent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared to people who didn’t use the medication.

Sildenafil, also used to treat high blood pressure, appeared to perform better than two drugs currently being used in human trials against Alzheimer’s.

Lead researcher Dr Feixiong Cheng admitted clinical trials are needed to confirm whether the impotence drug can truly ward off the disease.

But separate laboratory projects showed it can increase brain cell growth and stop harmful proteins building up in the brain.

HOW LONG DOES VIAGRA LAST FOR?

According to Healthline, Viagra on average lasts between two to three hours, depending on several factors including dosage, age, and overall health.

It can last for up to five hours, and a person may be able to get an erection more than once during this period.

HOW OFTEN CAN YOU TAKE VIAGRA?

Those taking sildenafil for erectile dysfunction may be able to get tablets in different doses ranging from 25 – 100mg.

According to the NHS, the usual dose is 50mg – when you need it – no more than once a day.

The site says to take it up to four hours before having sex. The dosage information for Pfizer’s Viagra says: ‘For most patients, the recommended dose is 50 mg taken, as needed, approximately 1 hour before sexual activity.

‘However, VIAGRA may be taken anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours before sexual activity…

‘Based on effectiveness and toleration, may increase to a maximum of 100 mg or decrease to 25 mg…

‘Maximum recommended dosing frequency is once per day.’

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