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Viagra Helps Save Mom and Unborn Baby

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Taking Viagra saved the life of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby.

Viagra has changed the lives of many people for the better, but for one woman, it actually was instrumental in saving her life and the life of her unborn baby. Though that little blue pill is best known as the first erectile dysfunction treatment for men to be approved by the FDA, it actually may be capable of saving the life of someone who suffers from conditions that cause severely restricted blood flow.

Laura Ling, who lives in Dover, a community outside of London (UK), can attest to the life-saving abilities of Viagra. In 2013, 36-year-old Ling was expecting her second child when things took a turn for the worse. At 23 weeks pregnant, she began experiencing severe swelling in her ankles, tremendous breathlessness, and an extremely rapid heartbeat.

The conditioned worsened, basically to the point where she became so ill, that she was told that continuing with her pregnancy could risk her life. She was advised by doctors that she should consider having an abortion.

In an interview with The Evening Standard newspaper, Ling, explained that she initially thought the symptoms were related to her pregnancy, since pregnant women do experience some swelling and fluid retention, but eventually doctors discovered it was much, much more. She was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, which restricts blood flow and causes the heart to become dangerously enlarged.

Following the diagnosis, she was transferred to Hammersmith Hospital, a major teaching hospital in West London, where she could be treated in a center that specializes in her condition. Obstetricians from adjacent sister hospital, took over the high-risk care of her unborn child.

The doctor who treated Ling, Dr. Simon Gibbs, a consultant cardiologist at Hammersmith, told the newspaper that pulmonary arterial hypertension affects about 3,000 people, and its effects are, “absolutely horrendous”. The condition is often mistaken for asthma and typically takes two years to be diagnosed.

Statistics show that only two-thirds of patients survive for three years, but medication slows down the progression, though it does not stop it. According to Gibbs, patients typically require a heart and lung transplant, and because it requires correct timing of organ donation in order to complete, no more than a dozen of those operations can be done each year.

Viagra’s Life-Saving Benefit in Action

Ling’s treatment was to be put on Viagra, which went to work on her critical condition by expanding her arteries and easing her blood flow issues. She was able to finish out her pregnancy under close doctor supervision, and three months later, in April 2013, she gave birth to a healthy daughter, Rosie-May, a baby sister to her six-year-old son, Henry.

According to Drugdatabase.com, Pfizer Inc., the makers of Viagra, originally looked to produce this drug to treat cardiovascular conditions in patients. They were hoping to find one that could expand blood vessels and therefore treat angina, a heart condition where the vessels supplying the heart with blood become constricted. So, it was no surprise to the medical community that Viagra could be used to treat Ling’s condition and potentially save her life.

In fact, the discovery of Viagra’s ability to treat erectile dysfunction was discovered accidentally, while focusing solely on treatments for heart conditions.

The Amazing Science Behind Viagra

Nobel Prize-winning pharmacologist, Louis Ignarro, is responsible in part to the research and discoveries that actually led to the creation of Viagra. Ignarro won the Nobel Prize in 1998, along with two of his colleagues, for research regarding nitric oxide and its positive impact on blood vessels and circulation.

So with this discovery about nitric oxide, scientists at Pfizer began doing clinical trials, only to discover that the men who took the drug began having erections that lasted for days. This occurred at the same time that other scientists were coming to the conclusion that erectile dysfunction was caused by narrowing of blood vessels and resulting in the inability of blood to flow quickly to the penis.

While Ignarro’s research had been for the benefit of heart conditions and he has published numerous research articles and has received recognition (Basic Research Prize of the American Heart Association in 1998) for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science, Viagra took on a different mission; the treatment of ED.

But, the science behind this medication, which remains the number one drug prescribed by doctors to treat erectile dysfunction, can also be used to help patients like Ling, who suffer from pulmonary arterial hypertension.

More Success Stories

Ling’s story is not the only one that involves Viagra possibly being responsible for saving an unborn child. Another couple from the UK say Viagra saved the life of their unborn daughter, Casey.

Laura and Dave Liggins agreed to be part of a unique trial involving Viagra, in which it would test if the drug could boost their unborn baby’s blood flow, while still in-uterine, after the baby had stopped growing at 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Liggins was part of a study where some women were given Viagra and others took a placebo. Their daughter was born 11 weeks premature at 1.3 pounds, and the couple have stated in interviews that they believe that Viagra was the reason she started to grow and survived. Casey, their miracle baby, was allowed to go home at 12 weeks old.

How Viagra Works for Erectile Dysfunction

In 1998 Viagra (sildenafil) was approved by the FDA, not as a heart medication, but as an oral treatment for the erectile dysfunction. An erection depends on strong blood flow to the penis, and this is why it often can be a symptom of something more, sometimes a heart condition. This why if you are experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED), it is wise to see your doctor to not only address it, but any other condition that may be associated with ED.

Male impotence is actually a very common problem, affecting at least one-third of men at some point during their lifetime. As a PDE5 inhibitor, Viagra relaxes the muscles in the penis, allowing the vessels to dilate and fill with blood. The result is improved blood flow that facilitates an erection once you become sexually aroused. Viagra has been shown to work well for most men, regardless of age, even if you have had male impotence for several years.

In fact, clinical trials show that Viagra is effective for up to 80 percent of men and its safety and effectiveness have been well documented over the last 18 years. According to a report, it has changed the sex lives of countless people for the better, improving their quality of life and their relationships.

And it is affordable, since it is a proven treatment for male impotence and most health insurance plans will cover Viagra.

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Viagra can be a treatment for much more than just erectile dysfunction.

How is Viagra Taken and What Are the Side Effects?

Viagra is a very safe and simple to use oral medication. Essentially you should take Viagra approximately 30 to 60 minutes before sexual activity. The effects of the drug can last for up to 4 hours. Some men even find that they can get more than one erection per dose.

The typical dosages for Viagra are 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg doses. Usually the doctor sets the initial dose at 50 mg, and then decides, based on follow-up consultations, if more is needed.

The side effects of Viagra are generally mild and most men report that they disappeared completely as they continued to use the drug. The most common side effects of the drug are back and muscle pain, dizziness, flushing, headache, indigestion, nausea, rash, and runny or stuffy nose.

How Do I Get Viagra?

As with any other prescription, you could get it filled at your local pharmacy. Some people prefer to order it online, but they need to be certain it is done through a legitimate online pharmacy. There are actually many illegitimate pharmacies online that sell counterfeit Viagra and they lure customers in by offering very low prices.

Often, these pharmacies advertise their counterfeit pills as “generic” Viagra. But, you should know that the FDA has not yet approved a generic version of Viagra. These counterfeit pills are often manufactured in foreign countries with lax quality standards. Therefore, these pills can be ineffective or even dangerous to your health.

You should seek an online store that values your privacy and makes every effort to keep your medical information safe and secure, but you should also make certain you are getting real Viagra. You can do this by seeking a highly-trusted, FDA-licensed, online store like eDrugstore.com. There you will only find brand name Viagra, manufactured in the United States by Pfizer, Inc. Since 1998, eDrugstore.com has helped more than 500,000 customers gain access to prescription medications, while offering first-class customer service and support.

Viagra has brought many men, and it appears a few pregnant women, what they might describe as a miracle solution that has changed their lives for the better. The future for this top-selling medication looks like it may offer hope to many more patients that just those with male impotence, but also those facing a variety of medical challenges.

Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+