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Poor Erection Problems? Viagra Pills Can Also Help Kids with Certain Health Disorders

Viagra isn’t just for adult men anymore, doctors say the little blue pill can also help a small group of kids too.  

Viagra, which is used to help men with poor or weak erections, would have a completely different use for kids.  Several doctors have used Viagra to help a handful of children that suffer from a rare lung disorder. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is asking the makers of Viagra to create a special variety of the pill to help these kids.

The disorder, pulmonary arterial hypertension, effects about 600 children each year and causes chest pain, fatigue and dizziness. The disease doesn’t have a cure, and causes high blood pressure because of narrow blood vessels.  The disorder eventually leads to heart failure, typically within the first year.

The standard treatment involves inhalation of nitric oxide, but is expensive and is administered with a cumbersome piece of equipment.  It’s difficult for many parents to use the treatment in their homes.  Doctors believe Viagra would be more convenient with fewer side effects. 

Several doctors have already used Viagra to help children with this medical problem and say kids can often walk farther and breathe easier while taking the medication.  Researchers at Childhood Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children gave Viagra to 14 children dealing with pulmonary hypertension for a year.  At  the end of the year, all children were still alive and could walk more than 500 feet farther than before and their breathing was less labored.

Doctors say using Viagra to treat a lung condition isn’t far fetched, the drug helps men by relaxing muscles and increasing blood flow.  The same results are needed to help those suffering from pulmonary arterial hypertension.

With positive results, The Food and Drug Administration has now asked erection pill Viagra to alter their popular sexual enhancer to help this specific group of children.  If Pfizer’s drug meets FDA requirements they could get a six month extension of their patent to sell their adult drug, a big cost savings for the company.