How to deal with Priapism when using Levitra?

Levitra and PriapismLevitra is a drug for treatment of erectile dysfunction in men, approved by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is strictly a prescription medication that works by relaxing the muscles of blood vessels and directing the blood flow towards penis, thereby helping the consumer maintain an erection (blood filled penis remains erect). People can easily buy Levitra online from authentic and renowned mail-order pharmacies to treat their condition.

It is a fast-acting drug that works within time as little as 30-60 minutes and lasts as long as 5 hours. The dose that is generally advised is 10-20mg Levitra per day to be taken on a full stomach.

Though Levitra is a wonder drug for the happy sexual life of couples, there is a list of mild to severe side effects that may come along. Headache, runny nose, stomach upset, dizziness, indigestion and back pain are some of the mild side effects that vanish after few hours of drug consumption while severe ones such as priapism can be really troublesome and require medical practitioner’s intervention.

Levitra and Priapism

Priapism is the medical condition in which penile erection last for a longer duration than desired even in the absence of sexual arousal. This painful condition results from abnormal blood flow towards penis that can be a result of genetic disorder, injury, blood clots, alcohol use, blood disorder or side effect of certain medications that include antidepressants (ex Prozac), blood thinners(ex : Coumadin) and erectile dysfunction management drugs (ex: Levitra).

As mentioned earlier, Levitra works by directing blood’s flow towards penis which is necessary for maintaining an erection. Now, when penis retains this blood flow for abnormally longer, erection persist last for undesired time durations (more than 6 hours) leading to a potentially serious condition that needs urgent call for medical help.

If this Priapism occurs more often than not, it may also interfere with sexual desires, damages the tissues underlying ejection chamber severely and even permanent penile injury in some cases.

What can be done?

Withdrawal from the drug and an appointment with the doctor are the initial steps that should be taken on urgent basis. Depending on the severity of the condition, the healthcare provider will take necessary steps that include needle decompression or antagonist-medication.

Home remedies such as the application of ice packs can be used as a first aid strategy but consultation with the physician should not be compromised.

Sudafed, is one such drug that is recommended to bring the boner down after a long duration of painful erection. This drug essentially contains pseudoephedrine that provides relief from priapism and is known to be the first or most basic line of defense in this condition.

The second approach that the urologists go for is needle treatment in which the blood is drawn out from the penile tissue and saline solution is injected in return with the same needle to flush out the remaining blood. In rare and most severe cases, a surgical shunt is performed. This is done only after medication, injections and needle treatment fails.

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