Be sure you know the side effects of Viagra

The overall side effects of Viagra may be classified into four categories, according to Odette Comeau-Luis, RN, MS, CCRN, coordinator of the Emergency Cardiac Care Center at Loma Linda (CA) University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital:

vasodilatory effects: headache, flushing, rhinitis, dizziness, and hypotension;

gastrointestinal effects: dyspepsia and reflux;

visual abnormalities: blue-green color-tinged vision, increased perception of light, and blurred vision;

musculoskeletal effects: myalgias.

The following are complications associated with Viagra, according to Christine Clare, RN, MN, CEN, CNA, nurse manager for express care/industrial medicine and employee health at Loma Linda:

myocardial infarction;

sudden cardiac death;

ventricular arrhythmia;

cerebrovascular hemorrhage;

transient ischemia attack;

seizure;

priapism (a problem with the penis remaining erect too long);

hematuria (abnormal presence of blood in the urine);

temporary vision loss;

diplopia (double vision);

ocular redness;

increased intra-ocular pressure;

macular edema (swelling in the macula of the retina);

vitreous detachment;

retinal vascular disease.