Also known as: Sildenafil
Revatio is approved to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. With ED, you have trouble getting and keeping an erection that’s firm enough to allow you to have sex.
What causes an erection?
When you’re sexually aroused, either through sexual thoughts or touch, your brain sends messages to your penis. These messages cause certain chemicals to be released in your penis.
One of these chemicals, called cyclic GMP, relaxes and widens certain blood vessels in your penis. Cyclic GMP also relaxes the muscles around the erectile tissue in your penis that’s called the corpus cavernosum. These actions allow blood to flow into the corpus cavernosum, which causes your penis to get hard and become erect.
What happens with ED?
ED can occur if you have certain problems that affect your body’s ability to have an erection. The condition can result from problems with messages being sent from your brain. ED can also result from problems with blood flow into your penis.
What does Revatio do for ED?
Revatio works to treat ED by helping you have and maintain an erection. The drug does this by improving blood flow into your penis when you’re sexually aroused.
Revatio is a type of drug called a phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor. It works by inhibiting (blocking) the action of an enzyme called PDE5. (An enzyme is a protein that helps chemical reactions to happen inside your body.)
Normally, an erection goes away when PDE5 breaks down the cyclic GMP in your penis. But Revatio blocks the action of PDE5, so it allows cyclic GMP to keep working for a longer period of time than usual. This action improves blood flow to your penis and helps you to have and keep an erection.
Does Revatio increase a man’s sex drive?
No, Revatio doesn’t directly increase your sex drive. And it doesn’t make you sexually aroused. However, some men find that if Revatio works to treat their erectile problem, it also increases their sexual confidence. And this may lead to an increased sex drive.
How can I tell if Revatio’s not working?
Revatio may not work for everyone, and it may not work every time you take it.
If you’re sexually aroused, Revatio should work to help you have or keep an erection within 30 minutes to 2 hours. But if you don’t get an erection within 4 hours after taking a dose, Revatio didn’t work for you this time.
If the drug doesn’t work for you, you shouldn’t take another dose until at least 24 hours later. And talk with your doctor if you feel Revatio isn’t helping to treat your ED. They may recommend that you try a different medication for your ED.
How can I get Revatio to work?
It’s important to remember that Revatio only works if you’re already sexually aroused. Arousal may involve having sexual thoughts, looking at sexual images, masturbating, or engaging in foreplay.
But if you feel anxious, nervous, depressed, or stressed, your body may not respond well to sexual stimulation. If this is the case, try to relax, make yourself comfortable, and take your time. In addition, it’s best to avoid drinking a lot of alcohol. This is because consuming large amounts of alcohol can make it more difficult for you to get an erection.
If you’re having trouble getting an erection, even while using Revatio, talk with your doctor.
Is Revatio a blood thinner?
No, Revatio isn’t a blood thinner. Instead, it belongs to a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. (A class of drugs describes a group of medications that work in a similar way.) Revatio works by inhibiting (blocking) the action of a certain enzyme in your body.
Since Revatio has been released onto the market, there have been a few reports of bleeding in people who’ve taken the drug. However, there’s no evidence that Revatio caused these bleeding problems.
It’s not known if Revatio is safe for use by people with a bleeding problem. If you have any bleeding problems, talk with your doctor about whether Revatio is safe for you.
Take one Revatio pill orally with a full glass of water, 30-60 minutes before sex. The dosage depends on the overall health of the patient. Do not take more than one pill per day. Take Revatio on an empty stomach, as fatty meals, grapefruit juice and alcohol can interfere with the effectiveness of the medication.
If you overdose Revatio (Pfizer) and you don't feel good you should visit your doctor or health care provider immediately.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.