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What is Sidegra?

Sidegra is a brand name, among others such as Viagra, that sildenafil is sold under. Sidegra (sildenafil) is different to tadalafil which is also commonly used to treat Erectile Dysfunction, and is commonly sold under the brand Cialis. Sidegra can be in the form of an oral standard or chewable tablet, an oral suspension as well as a doctor administered injection. Sidegra is used to treat erectile dysfunction and sometimes pulmonary arterial hypertension- high blood pressure in vessels leading from the heart to the lungs.  This medication is available as a prescription drug only. 

How does Sidegra work for erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Sildenafil is part of a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase (PDE5) inhibitors. Sidegra can work in different ways depending on the condition it is being used to treat. When used to treat erectile dysfunction, Sidegra temporarily increases blood flow to the penis, which assists you in getting or maintaining an erection. However, Sidegra will only work if you are sexually aroused. 

How does Sidegra work for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)?

Sidegra works to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension by relaxing the muscles and opening up blood vessels in the lungs. Consequently, Sidegra decreases the blood pressure in your lungs and slows down the progression of the illness. Sidegra also enhances your ability to exercise with PAH. 

Dosage and strength of Sidegra

Dosages of sildenafil for ED range from 25 mg to 100 mg. The most common dosage prescribed is 50 mg, but it can be adjusted depending on the patient’s effect. It should not be taken more than once a day and should be taken 4 hours before sex. It works within 30-60 minutes. 

However, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions or are taking other medicines, your doctor may suggest you take Sidegra less often than once a day. It can be unsafe to take Sidegra if you take medications called nitrates which are usually taken to ease chest pain as the combination of the drugs can result in a hazardous decrease in your blood pressure. 

Whereas for PAH, tablets come in 10 mg and 20 mg doses. The usual adult dose is 20 mg to be taken three times a day and children doses can range from 10-20 mg taken a maximum of three times a day depending on their weight. If you forget, you should take Sidegra as soon as you remember unless the time is close to your next scheduled dose, then you should wait to take the next dose. You must never take two doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose. 

It is important that you take Sidegra as prescribed by a doctor or pharmacist. 

Sildenafil can be taken with or without food. However if you are taking Sidegra to treat erectile dysfunction taking it with food, especially fatty foods, will slow down the drug. Additionally, sildenafil can not be taken with grapefruit juice if being used to treat PAH as it affects the efficacy of the drug. 

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