Many people wonder, "What is sildenafil citrate used for?" The most common use of sildenafil citrate is the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence. Sildenafil citrate can also be used off-label to treat conditions other than ED, such as Raynaud's phenomenon and pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the artery that carries blood to the lungs). Sildenafil citrate is not approved for use in children, newborns, or women.
What Is Sildenafil Citrate Used For?
) is a medication that has been licensed to treat erectile dysfunction
. Erectile dysfunction (ED
), also known as impotence
, is defined as a total inability to achieve erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. Essentially, erectile dysfunction is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.
(Please note that this article refers specifically to Viagra, the original sildenafil citrate product that is approved for treating erectile dysfunction. For information about the sildenafil citrate product used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, please see Revatio Uses.)
How Does Sildenafil Citrate Work?
Sildenafil citrate is very effective at treating erectile dysfunction. The medicine works by blocking a chemical that causes blood to flow out of the penis. More blood in the penis means an improved erection.
Sildenafil Citrate Uses in Children, Newborns, and Women
Sildenafil citrate is not approved for use in children, newborns, or women.
Sildenafil Citrate: Off-Label Uses
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend sildenafil citrate for something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label
" use. Some off-label uses of sildenafil citrate include the treatment of: