Viagra precaution for pregnancy and breastfeeding

It’s not known if Viagra is safe to take during pregnancy. (But keep in mind that the drug isn’t approved for use in women.)

If you’re sexually active and you or your partner can become pregnant, talk with your doctor about whether you’ll need to use birth control while you’re taking Viagra.

Viagra and pregnancy

Viagra isn’t approved for use in women. And it hasn’t been studied in pregnant women. It’s not known whether this drug is safe to take during pregnancy.

In animal studies, Viagra didn’t cause fetal harm when given to pregnant females. But animal studies don’t always predict what will happen in humans.

If you have questions about the safety of Viagra use during pregnancy, talk with your doctor.

Viagra and breastfeeding

Viagra isn’t approved for use in women. And it hasn’t been studied in women who are breastfeeding. Viagra may pass into breast milk, but it’s not known if this could affect a nursing child.

If you have questions about the safety of using Viagra while breastfeeding, talk with your doctor.

Viagra expiration, storage, and disposal

When you get Viagra from the pharmacy, the pharmacist will add an expiration date to the label on the bottle.

This date is typically 1 year from the date they dispensed the medication.

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The expiration date helps guarantee that the medication is effective during this time. The current stance of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to avoid using expired medications. If you have unused medication that has gone past the expiration date, talk to your pharmacist about whether you might still be able to use it.

Storage

How long a medication remains good (also called shelf-life) can depend on many factors. These factors include how and where you store the medication.

Viagra tablets should be stored at room temperature between 68oF and 77°F (20oC and 25°C). It should be kept in a tightly sealed container away from light. Avoid storing this medication in areas where it could get damp or wet, such as in bathrooms.

Disposal

If you no longer need to take Viagra and have leftover medication, it’s important to dispose of it safely. This helps prevent others, including children and pets, from taking the drug by accident. It also helps keep the drug from harming the environment.

This article provides several useful tips on medication disposal. You can also ask your pharmacist for information on how to dispose of your medication.

Is there a “female Viagra”?

While Viagra isn’t approved for use in women, a drug called Addyi is approved for use in certain women.

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Some people refer to Addyi as “female Viagra.”

However, Addyi doesn’t work like Viagra does. Below, we describe the condition Addyi is approved to treat and how the drug works.

If you have questions about using Addyi, talk with your doctor.

What is Addyi?

Addyi is a brand-name prescription drug that’s approved to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HDSS). It’s prescribed for women who haven’t yet gone through menopause. Addyi contains the active drug flibanserin. It’s not known for sure how Addyi works to treat HDSS.

What is HDSS and how does Addyi work to treat it?

With HDSS, you have very low sexual desire that’s troublesome for you. The condition can have various physical or psychological causes.

Unlike Viagra, which improves blood flow to male genitals, Addyi doesn’t work by improving blood flow to female genitals. Instead, Addyi affects the activity of certain neurotransmitters that are involved in sexual desire and arousal. (Neurotransmitters are chemicals found in your brain.)

The neurotransmitters affected by Addyi include dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin. But it’s not known for sure how the drug’s action affects sexual function.

How well does Addyi work?

For some women with HDSS, Addyi can improve sexual desire and increase the number of sexually satisfying events. But the drug hasn’t been found to be very effective.

For example, in clinical studies, treatment with Addyi was compared with that of a placebo (no active drug). The number of women whose HDSS was “much improved” or “very much improved” was only about 10% higher in women who took Addyi compared with women who took the placebo.

And keep in mind that it can take up to 8 weeks for Addyi to start working to treat HDSS.

Is Viagra OK for Women ?

Viagra is approved to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. But you may have questions about whether Viagra can be used in women. Or you may be wondering if there’s a drug similar to Viagra that can help women with sexual dysfunction.

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Can women take Viagra?

No, Viagra isn’t approved for use in women. And there isn’t enough evidence to show that Viagra works for treating sexual problems in women.

One review of studies showed that current research has conflicting results on how Viagra affects women.

For example, in women with female sexual arousal disorder, the review showed the following findings:

    • In one study, some women who’d gone through menopause were given Viagra. These women had improved arousal, vaginal lubrication, and orgasm when they took the drug.
    • In another study, both women who’d gone through menopause and those who hadn’t were given Viagra. These women reported no significant positive effects from taking the drug.

In men, Viagra improves blood flow to their penis by blocking the action of a chemical called PDE5. This chemical is also found in the vagina and the clitoris of women. So in theory, if a woman takes Viagra, it could increase blood flow to her genitals.

But in reality, there’s less PDE5 in a female’s genitals than there is in a male’s penis. This could explain why Viagra has less of a physical effect in women than it does in men.

And keep in mind that sexual problems in women often have a lot to do with reduced sexual desire and arousal. Viagra is unlikely to address these issues.