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Sildenafil (Viagra) is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence; inability to get or keep an erection) in men. Sildenafil (Revatio) is used to improve the ability to exercise in adults with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH; high blood pressure in the vessels carrying blood to the lungs, causing shortness of breath, dizziness, and tiredness). Children should not usually take sildenafil, but in some cases, a doctor may decide that sildenafil (Revatio) is the best medication to treat a child's condition. Sildenafil is in a class of medications called phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors. Sildenafil treats erectile dysfunction by increasing blood flow to the penis during sexual stimulation. This increased blood flow can cause an erection. Sildenafil treats PAH by relaxing the blood vessels in the lungs to allow blood to flow easily.

While Viagra was the first approved prescription medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in 1998, the medicationís demand, popularity, and novelty made the price out of reach for many, partially contributing to the development of other prescription drugs for sexual stimulation such as tadalafil (Cialis) and vardenafil (Levitra). Since 2017, sildenafil citrate, the generic form of Viagra, has been available for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. If youíre considering treatment with sildenafil, you might be wondering how much sildenafil is too much and what the maximum dosage and safety concerns might be.

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Sildenafil is also sometimes used to treat pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the blood vessels that supply the lungs). If you have erection problems sildenafil works by temporarily increasing blood flow to your penis when you get sexually excited. In pulmonary hypertension it works by relaxing blood vessels in the chest. If you buy sildenafil for erectile dysfunction, it can also be known by the brand names Viagra, Aronix, Liberize and Nipatra. Sildenafil for pulmonary hypertension can also be known by the brand names Revatio and Grandipam. This medicine is available on prescription and you can also buy it from most pharmacies. It comes as standard tablets, chewable tablets, and as a liquid that you swallow.

If you are taking sildenafil to treat erectile dysfunction, follow your doctor's directions and the guidelines in this paragraph. Take sildenafil as needed before sexual activity. The best time to take sildenafil is about 1 hour before sexual activity, but you can take the medication any time from 4 hours to 30 minutes before sexual activity. Sildenafil usually should not be taken more than once every 24 hours. If you have certain health conditions or are taking certain medications, your doctor may tell you to take sildenafil less often. You can take sildenafil with or without food. However, if you take sildenafil with a high-fat meal, it will take longer for the medication to start to work.