How Viagra Leads to Priapism?

It is a person’s most desired dream to have a long lasting erection. Well, as a saying goes that we should be careful for what we ask for. Basically, if we ever put a thought on having a long lasting erection, it might be one of the best gifts which we can get.

But do you even have the slightest idea as to what can happen if you ever get an erection for a time duration of more than 4 hours? Well, such a situation where a person is having an erection for above 4 hours without even getting sexually excited is known as priapism.

Priapism and Viagra

Priapism and Viagra

If you ever happened to be buying a bottle of Viagra or Cialis or any other drug which is curing erectile dysfunction, then you will find a common thing about all of these brands. All of the above said brands of erectile dysfunction curing drugs identify priapism has the most lethal side effect which can happen to you after you pop up a pill of Viagra or any other erectile dysfunction. Apart from this, various governments and renowned medical governing bodies have also asked Pfizer and other leading pharmaceutical companies manufacturing oral medications for erectile dysfunction to include the specific condition of priapism in the manufacturing leaflet of a bottle of their respective medications.

So, in this article, we will be discussing about priapism and how such a situation can occur to a person who is consuming a pill of Viagra.

Basically, Viagra is a medicine which is used to cure the disease or symptoms of the disease of erectile dysfunction. Basically, erectile dysfunction is a disease which is caused due to the improper flow of blood to the genital areas. To achieve a good penile erection, it is very imperative that your penile shaft gets a proper amount of blood from the heart, so that the tissues can get replenished with nutrients all the time. But, suppose the blood vessels which carry the blood to the penile shaft get blocked; so, in that particular case, the flow of blood will be disrupted and thus, the person will start suffering from the symptoms of erectile dysfunction and tissue scarring.

So, what a pill of Viagra does is that it tends to dilate the blood vessels which are carrying the blood to the penile shaft. Basically, once you consume a pill of Viagra, the most crucial ingredient of Viagra, which is the sildenafil citrate dissolves into your bloodstream. As soon as sildenafil citrate dissolves into your bloodstream, it stops the secretion of two of the most common chemicals or enzymes which are responsible for the emergence of erectile dysfunction. These two chemicals or enzymes are known as phosphodiesterase 5 and cyclic GMP. Due to the reduction of these two chemicals and increment in the presence of nitric oxide, the blood vessels get dilated and more and more blood flow into the penile shaft. But, if an abnormally high amount of blood reach the penile shaft, the blood tends to get clotted in the blood vessels of the penile shaft. This results into a very painful erection which can stay up to as long as 4 hours. This situation is called priapism and it is, hence, recommended that you should always follow the recommended dosage of Viagra and never abuse the use of Viagra.