We all know that Fildena is effective; but can Fildena side effects be observed in patients taking the drug? Today, we are going to discuss Fildena in detail. But first, what is Fildena?
Fildena is one of the generic brand treatments available for patients suffering from erectile dysfunction or ED. The patients with erectile dysfunction are generally those males who are incapable of getting an erection even if they wanted to. Although there are times which males tend to experience difficulty in getting an erection, erectile dysfunction is a more chronic condition caused by several factors.
The common notion for patients with erectile dysfunction is that they are all old; actually, younger males can also have erectile dysfunction and not only the older male population. Erectile dysfunction is affected by a number of factors and not only by age. Contributing factors for ED involve lifestyle factors like chronic drug abuse, alcoholism, and chronic smoking. These habits contribute to the development of more severe cases of ED, especially in younger men (those aged 40 or less). Psychological factors also affect the development of the condition in males; individuals who are depressed, anxious, stressed, and emotionally drained/ill are most likely to develop the dysfunction. Diseases like diabetes, obesity, chronic hypertension, and prostate problems are also some of the factors which may contribute to the incidence of erectile dysfunction. Injury to the spine, male genitals and the urologic system also cause erectile dysfunction in the male population.
What makes Fildena effective?
Fildena is considered an effective treatment for the ED condition since it contains one of the drugs belonging to the PDE5 inhibitor family or the phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors. Drugs belonging to that category are:
- Sildenafil Citrate
These three are the only known PDE5 inhibitors and are all capable of creating good results when used in patients with erectile dysfunction. Fildena has Sildenafil Citrate, which is also the active ingredient of the brand-name treatment Viagra. Due to their similarity when it comes to the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), Fildena, along with the other generic Sildenafil treatments, are also called “generic Viagra” products.
PDE5 Inhibitor Function
So how does a PDE5 inhibitor like Fildena works? The answer lies in the nature of PDE5 inhibitors. You can tell from the drug family’s name what it can do—PDE5 inhibitors inhibit PDE5, an enzyme found in the penile tissues. PDE5 is responsible for the degradation of cGMP (cyclic guanosine monophosphate), the major player in the erectile response in individuals. Since PDE5 destroys cGMP before it actually should, the erectile response does not occur or occurs rather briefly in the patients affected with erectile dysfunction.
The inhibiting ability of PDE5 inhibitors such as Fildena is essential in helping patients with ED maintain their erectile function by allowing the levels of cGMP to increase to sufficient concentrations which allow the vasodilation and the filling of the penile tissue with blood, therefore leading to an erection. But, this PDE5 inhibitor drugs effect only works in the presence of sexual stimuli, as the cGMP is released only upon sexual stimulation.
Who makes Fildena?
The maker of Fildena is Fortune Healthcare, a pharmaceutical company located in India. The company is a young company which was established in 2009 and is focused on the production, marketing, trading, and distribution of pharmaceutical products for tuberculosis, bacterial infections, veterinary products, Ayurvedic remedies, sexual health medications, and more.
The company currently caters to mostly India and Asian countries like Vietnam and the Philippines (Fortune Healthcare has 40 products approved by the Philippine FDA), and it is also known to export some of its products in the United States. Fortune Healthcare has its ISO 9001:2000 certification for product quality and has yet to receive other accreditations for quality manufacturing and production processes.
How do you take Fildena?
Fildena comes in various dosage strengths (25, 50, and 100 mg) and also in special formulations. The drug is meant to be taken only once within 24 hours (regardless of dose) and on an on-demand basis only (the drug is not a maintenance medication needed to be taken daily). It is best to be taken without food and its effect can last up to 4 hours.
Fildena side effects
Let us discuss Fildena side effects—does the drug have side effects in users? All medications have side effects and Fildena is no exception. Fildena side effects may be observed in patients using the drug for the first time, and even in patients who are chronic or long-term users of the drug. The Fildena side effects may be attributed to its active pharmaceutical ingredient, Sildenafil Citrate, which though highly potent, is able to cause a number of unwanted but tolerable side effects in its patients. There are common reports of Fildena side effects and some of them include:
- Facial redness/facial flushing
- Transient blurry vision
- Back pain
- Other GI upset symptoms
These side effects are the ones commonly reported for Fildena use, but not all users or patients prescribed with Fildena get to experience such side effects. These side effects should be transient and should go away when the drug is metabolized or excreted from the body. These side effects should not be persistent; if you think that these side effects are lasting more than they should, then you should go ahead and consult your doctor for medical help. Those mentioned are not the only possible side effects which users may experience due to Fildena drug use. In fact, there are other major side effects which may be attributed to the Sildenafil content of Fildena. These are the major Fildena side effects which patients should be watching out for:
- Allergic reaction symptoms (rashes, swollen face and/or throat, itchiness, scaling, urticaria)
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
- Painful erection lasting for 4 hours or more
- Chest pain or heavy feeling
- Heart attack symptoms
- Urinary tract infections
- Nausea, vomiting
- Cold sweats
- Shortness of breath
- Edema in the hands and/or feet
- Lightheadedness or fainting
Although we have listed the following Fildena side effects, these side effects are not all the possible minor and serious side effects for Fildena use. There may also be other side effects patients may experience which are not indicated in the list of side effects. Patients may be asymptomatic and may take the medication well, and there may also be times that a patient gets to experience more than one side effect due to the medication. Patients may have different responses to Fildena, so it is important that patients get tested and assessed properly before taking Fildena or other Sildenafil-containing medication for erectile dysfunction to prevent the incidence of these side effects.
Things you should do in case you experience the side effects
- Discontinue the drug, especially during the onset of rashes and facial/throat swelling which is indicative of an allergic reaction
- In case you experience any of these major/minor Fildena side effects, do not hesitate to contact your doctor immediately
- Seek immediate medical help if the side effects affect your ability to function daily
Fildena side effects reviews
Let us take a look at some user comments for the side effects of Fildena one forum site:
The user “Wisely” mentioned that after using Fildena, his eyes turned red for about 2 days and asked if he should be concerned with the side effect, although there was no accompanying visual disturbance caused by the medication. According to the moderator, redness is one of the side effects by Sildenafil, although the moderator suggested that the patient consult his doctor since the side effect lasted for days, as it may be a sign of an allergic reaction to the drug.
On the case of the review above, the user “Rick” asked the moderator if heartburn is one of the side effects of Fildena and if he was allowed to take beer with the drug. “Verwon”, the moderator said that heartburn is indeed one of the side effects of Fildena in patients and also said that he should not be taking any alcoholic drink along with Fildena, as it may cause low blood pressure as a consequence of the Sildenafil/Fildena-alcohol reaction.
On the other hand, another user “Jen”, went on to ask if throat swelling is one of Fildena side effects. According to the moderator, the throat swelling reaction in patients for any drug is not a side effect but rather a symptom of an allergic reaction. “Verwon”, the moderator, advised that should throat swelling occurs, immediate medical treatment should be sought, as the allergic reaction will continue to worsen as the patients are exposed to more of the drug. The moderator also added that Sildenafil/Fildena is not a drug to be meddled with.
Like any other medication, Fildena also has side effects which patients may experience due to its use. In order to avoid such adverse reactions, patients should always take Fildena or similar products only under medical advice; patients should never self-medicate on any Sildenafil-containing drug even if they think that the drug is appropriate for them to take.