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Viagra: How Young Is Too Young?

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Nitrates widen blood vessels, and Viagra increases that effect. Mixing the two can cause your blood pressure to drop drastically. A sudden drop in blood pressure can make you pass out, and you may die if your blood pressure stays too low for too long.

Preservatives like sodium nitrate -- found in processed food -- do not cause this problem, so you won't die from eating a hot dog while on Viagra. Even so, it's best to take it on an empty stomach. That way, the drug absorbs into your bloodstream faster. Wine may contain nitrates, but not the kind that cause problems with Viagra. It's fine to play some Marvin Gaye on the stereo and sip a glass of Chardonnay, if that's what puts you in the mood.

Although you may be tempted to order Viagra discreetly from one of the hundreds of Web sites that sell it, don't. "It's bad medicine," Murdock says. You really must bring your doctor into your sex life if you want to use Viagra.

When you buy from an online pharmacy, you just have to answer some health questions before you proceed to the checkout page. If you answer honestly -- and that might be a big "if" for those determined to get what they want -- the questionnaire may catch some possible complications. But the pharmacists who fill your order don't know your medical history, and no questionnaire can diagnose the root cause of your problem. Erectile dysfunction can have serious underlying causes, like diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, or thyroid disease.

Cook says Pfizer is opposed to Internet Viagra sales. "Our goal with any of our marketing is simply to reach men and encourage them to see a doctor," he says.

It seems that Viagra can make sex better for women, too. Like the penis, the clitoris is erectile tissue -- spongy tissue that becomes engorged with blood during sexual excitement. By increasing blood flow to the clitoris, Viagra may heighten a woman's sensation and arousal. It also seems to increase vaginal lubrication.

Murdock says many couples like to heat things up by splitting a dose of Viagra. "It's an interesting sexual situation," he says. The recommended dosage for men is up to 100 milligrams per day, and that seems to be just as safe for women. Young people may get results from a smaller dose: As little as 25 mg may be enough.

The FDA has not approved Viagra for women, but Murdock says, "It's just a matter of time." He says he and other doctors who specialize in sexual medicine prescribe it to women, which is perfectly legal. Doctors are allowed to use their best judgment. Drug companies, however, can't advertise any use that isn't FDA-approved.

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