Does Sildenafil Have Side Effects?

5 Mar

Does Sildenafil Have Side Effects?

Like all medications for erectile dysfunction, Sildenafil also has some common side effects to be aware of. Sildenafil contains an active ingredients which belongs to a group of medicines called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. The active ingredient relaxes blood vessels in the penis, which subsequently allows blood flow when there is arousement, to produce an erection.

Sildenafil is a well studied and well-tolerated treatment for erectile dysfunction in men of all age groups. It is an extremely popular and effective medication. 

The side effects are not experienced by everyone and the commonly reported side effects are in fact mild and temporary. 

What are the side effects?

Headaches are one of the most commonly reported effects which affects 10% of males taking Sildenafil.

Other less common side effects are:

  • Facial flushing
  • Sickness
  • Indigestion
  • Hot flushes
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • A stuffy nose

Alongside the above less common side effects there are also uncommon side effects which affect 1% of males taking Sildenafil. 

These effects include:

  • Eye irritation 
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rashes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Increased heart rate
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Muscle ache
  • Tiredness
  • Vertigo or feeling of imbalance
  • Ears ringing
  • Dry mouth
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Nosebleed
  • Heartburn
  • Very hot flushes
  • Arm or leg pain
  • Blood in urine

In addition to these side effects, there have also been rare cases of more serious allergic reactions, which make Sildenafil unsuitable for patients to take. Seeking advise from your doctor on your suitability is always advised.

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