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The Down Side of Viagra

Drug can cause dangerous side effects, even death

What's not to like about Viagra? Since its introduction following FDA approval several years ago, it has revolutionized the treatment of impotence in men and made men more apt to seek treatment for that condition.

But an article from ABCNews explains why the increasingly popular drug should always be taken with the advice of, and under the care of, a physician. Otherwise, you could be taking unnecessary risks with your health and -- perhaps -- your life.

Anyone taking nitroglycerine for heart problems, for example, should be aware that the combination of the two drugs appears to have caused some deaths. And medical experts note that there are more than a hundred compounds that have nitroglycerine in them that are used for heart disease. So if you're being treated at all for heart disease, you should check first with your doctor before using Viagra.

There have been other cases of heart failure in men taking Viagra. Medical experts say that may be because men resuming their sex lives after a long break may not be up to the physical stress of it. Again, a consultation with your doctor could help you determine how to start taking Viagra and whether to resume your sex life.

To find out more about Viagra, you can read this article from About.com. To find out more about impotence, read this article from Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2001.

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