Viagra and Gout
Taking viagra can also increase your chances of a gout attack. Viagra has metabolic side effects such as thirst and general edema ( fluid beneath the skin surface that causes swelling ) in the feet,hands and ankles. Viagra can also cause severe dehydration, yet again this is a dramatic problem for gout sufferers. Here is a list from RxList which is the Internet drug index:
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking sildenafil, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: sickle cell disease, high or low blood pressure, a severe loss of body water (dehydration), history of painful/prolonged erection (priapism), eye problems (such as decreased vision in one or both eyes, retinitis pigmentosa), heart problems (such as heart attack or irregular heartbeat in the past 6 months, heart failure, chest pain/angina, aortic stenosis, idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis), kidney disease, liver disease, fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema).
Is this really worth all of the above issues?
This drug may make you dizzy or cause vision problems. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug. Your doctor may start you on a lower dose. This brand of the drug is usually not used in women. During pregnancy, sildenafil should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Viagra and Gout: From a recent survey by eHealthMe in May 2012, 28,237 people reported side effects when taking Viagra. Out of these numbers 29 people had gout, and all of these people had attacks in the first month of taking Viagra. They were all male and were in the 40 to 49 age group 22.22% were measure, in the 50-59 group 22.22% were measured, and in then 60+ age group 55.56% had gout when taking viagra. To top these fun stats off, the top conditions involved for these people were: 1. Erectile dysfunction and number 2 was 2.Gout.
So what ever you decide to do, speak to your doctor first before taking Viagra or any other drug. This is the first step in the path that should be taken.
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