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Apo Sildenafil

apo sildenafil

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Sildenafil belongs to a group of medications called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors. It is used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (male impotence). It helps to achieve and keep an erection sufficient for sexual activity. It does this by allowing a greater blood flow into the penis when a man is sexually aroused. It works only with sexual stimulation and does not increase sexual desire.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How it works

Sildenafil belongs to a group of medicines called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors.

It works by relaxing the blood vessels in your penis when you are sexually excited. This allows blood to flow into your penis, allowing you to get an erection in the natural way.

Sildenafil will work only if you are sexually excited.

Sildenafil will not increase your sex drive.

There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.

When should you take sildenafil?

Sildenafil should be taken approximately 40 minutes before sexual intercourse, and two hours after a meal. It should be noted that sexual stimulation is required for an erection to occur, and some patients may not respond to the starting dose of 50mg, in which case their doctor may increase the dosage.

side effects

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • flushing
  • indigestion
  • stuffy nose or hayfever
  • muscle aches, back or limb pain
  • swelling in limbs
  • rash
  • diarrhoea or upset stomach
  • a numbness or tingling skin sensation
  • breathlessness or coughing
  • fever or flu like symptoms
  • nose bleeds
  • difficulty sleeping
  • prolonged erection.

Disclaimer

The information about this medicine comes from trusted sources.

  • Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • GuildLink
  • DrugBank

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Storage

Keep your medicine in its original packaging until it is time to take it.

If you take your medicine out of its original packaging it may not keep well.

Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature will stay below 30°C.

Do not store your medicine, or any other medicine, in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

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