News Monday August 23, 2010

Viagra a day can keep the doctor away

For years, the impotence cure Viagra has helped millions of men to combat erectile dysfunction. The treatment could be used for other issues too, according to sexologist D. Narayana Reddy.

Dr Reddy is the chairman of Council of Sex Education and Parenthood International (CSEPI) and Indian Andropause Society. He believes that "a day will come when we will say, 'Viagra pill a day will keep the cardiologist away'". There is certainly proof that this could certainly become the case in the future as Viagra is already being used to treat medical conditions other than erectile dysfunction.

Mainstream health issue

The leading manufacturer and current patent holder of the treatment, Pfizer, has already helped many children who suffer from a rare lung condition. Pulmonary arterial hypertension causes high blood pressure in arteries that affect the lungs; the condition affects over 600 children per year. The active ingredient in Viagra, sildenafil, helps to combat the disorder that causes fainting, and shortness of breath, as well as other symptoms.

"The pendulum has swung from one extreme to another — from treating sexual medicine as an 'unnecessary luxury' or 'frivolous' to considering it a mainstream health issue", said Dr Reddy.

Since its advent and approval, in 1998, Viagra has helped combat male impotence. The treatment has been used by millions of men, worldwide, and has helped them to achieve better sex lives. It is now possible to buy Viagra online, and the treatment has become universally accepted as a way to overcome erection problems.

Healthier lives

It is also thought that the blue pill has helped to improve the health of many men, in a less direct way. Many experts believe that Viagra has increased awareness around impotence causes, such as smoking, high cholesterol, and obesity. As a result of this increased awareness many men are attempting to lead healthier lives.

"Viagra has made a huge impact on the society. The medical fraternity's perception about sexuality has changed", concluded Dr Reddy.

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