Since its approval for use in Australia in 1998, Viagra has been widely used by Australian men as a remedy for erectile dysfunction. Many men suffer from the inability to produce and sustain a satisfactory erection due to age, diabetes, or other health problems. Viagra contains the active ingredient sildenafil, which works to relax blood vessels in the penis, allowing blood to flow there and create a large, hard erection. Viagra is normally taken an hour before planned sexual activity, and an erection is possible for up to four hours after taking the drug (although that doesn’t mean the erection will last for four hours). Sexual stimulation is still necessary after taking Viagra, as the pill alone does not cause an erection without stimulation. It should be noted that Viagra does not cure erectile dysfunction, nor does it increase a man’s sexual desire or protect against pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.
All forms of Viagra are sold as solid tablets in doses between 25 and 100 milligrams (mg). (A 20 mg dose is also available for use in the treatment of high blood pressure in some patients.) A man wishing to try Viagra should consult first with his doctor, who will prescribe the right dose for his patient, taking into account his age, kidney function, the underlying cause of the man’s impotence, his other prescribed medications, and other factors. Once the proper dosage is prescribed by a doctor, the man may take one Viagra tablet by mouth, no more than once per day, 30 minutes to one hour prior to planned sexual activity. Although Viagra may be taken with food, the food may cause its effects to be time-delayed. Men should not take any other impotence medications, such as Cialis, Levitra, or Kamagra, while taking Viagra.
Some men may experience an allergic reaction or side effects when taking Viagra. About one in ten men will experience common side effects of Viagra, which may include a rash, diarrhea, increased susceptibility to urinary tract infections (UTIs), headaches, flushing, and/or nasal congestion. Less common side effects may include vision impairment and prolonged erections. If a man experiences an erection lasting longer than 4 hours while taking Viagra, he should go immediately to the emergency room, as such erections can be dangerous. Viagra is not recommended for men with a history of heart disease, stroke, or retinitis pigmentosa. Viagra can also interact with other medications such as nitrates and prescriptions for blood pressure regulation. For all these reasons, it is important to see your doctor before taking Viagra.
Australian buyers have many options for purchasing Viagra, ranging from brick-and-mortar pharmacies to online sellers. In some cases, Viagra can even be purchased without a prescription. However, counterfeit Viagra has been a problem in the past, with some sellers providing tablets that contain more or less Viagra than the advertised does, contain drugs or substances other than Viagra, or even contain no medication at all. Therefore, buyers should be careful to purchase their Viagra only from reputable sellers, whether in physical stores or online. Genuine Viagra tablets should feel hard and smooth, have clear writing on the tablet, and are normally sold in packs of four. If you suspect you have received counterfeit Viagra, you should take it to your local pharmacy to be checked. Your pharmacy can also properly dispose of the tablets if it is discovered that they are not genuine Viagra.
In Australia, Viagra for the treatment of erectile dysfunction comes in three doses: 25, 50 and 100 mgs. Each dosage is sold in packets of four tablets. The cost to the patient, about $6.20 per packet as of 2016, is the same regardless of the dosage selected. Viagra is among the drugs subsidized by the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. The cost to the government under this scheme is between $54 and $82 per packet, depending on the brand purchased. Buyers also have the option of purchasing Viagra over the Internet and having it shipped discreetly to their home, but should expect to pay more per packet if using this option.