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    LONDON: Viagra, a little blue pill more usually taken for its off-the-field benefits, is now being studied for its role in boosting athletes’ performance.

    Some sports authorities say the drug is now finding a following among athletes. The World Anti-Doping Agency is currently studying Viagra's effects in athletes but hasn't yet banned it. Experts are divided over whether it actually offers athletes an edge.

    “It's possible,”' says Anthony Butch, director of the Olympic Analytical laboratory at the University of California Los Angeles, a WADA-accredited facility.

    Viagra, also known as sildenafil, is manufactured by Pfizer Inc. It was originally developed as a heart drug; its use as a treatment for erectile dysfunction was only accidentally discovered.

    The drug works by increasing the effects of nitric oxide which makes blood vessels expand. That should theoretically allow blood cells to travel to the lungs more efficiently and to also receive more oxygen. It may also improve heart function.

    Viagra is also approved to treat pulmonary hypertension, a condition where the blood vessels of the lungs tighten. Doctors have used the drug experimentally to treat pregnant women with high blood pressure and to ward off jet-lag.

    But whether Viagra makes athletes faster, higher or stronger is uncertain.

    “Just because you have more nitric oxide doesn't mean that you are going to be a better athlete,” says Butch. “If you have all the nitric oxide you need and if you generate more from Viagra, it's not clear what effect that would have,” he says. Still, some preliminary studies have shown that cyclists who took Viagra improved their performance by up to 40 percent.

    “If you have more oxygen going to your muscles, that's more energy and that makes you a better athlete,” says Dr Andrew McCullough, a sexual health expert at New York University School of Medicine. “Even if it only gives you a 10 percent increase, in peak athletes, that is enough to win,” he says.

    McCullough says Viagra is only likely to help athletes like runners, cyclists or skiers: sports where endurance and speed are the key. Viagra does not work directly on muscles so it will not make athletes physically stronger.

    If Viagra does give athletes an unfair advantage, they will be able to take it at the upcoming Beijing Olympics without worry, since it is not on the prohibited list of medicines. McCullough said taking Viagra could theoretically help people breathe better in heavily polluted cities, like the Chinese capital.

    Many scientists at laboratories that conduct drug testing say they haven't noticed a suspicious spike in samples containing Viagra. “We see it as much as we see ibuprofen or aspirin or antibiotics that are not prohibited,” says Christiane Ayotte, director of a WADA-accredited laboratory in Canada. “Athletes may be taking it, but they may be taking it for non-doping purposes,” she says.

    Ayotte said it would be unrealistic to ban Viagra. “Are athletes going to have to submit therapeutic-use exemptions for Viagra?” she says, “That would be quite humiliating.”

    Still other doctors say that Viagra's more well-known effects on sex lives may be the ultimate explanation for any enhanced athletic abilities. “It could be that athletes are taking Viagra and then having vigorous sexual activity,” says Dr Gerard Varlotta, director of sports rehabilitation at New York University's Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. Varlotta doubts that Viagra itself could improve an athlete's performance.

    “If athletes are euphoric after sex after taking Viagra, they may be euphoric about their athletic endeavours,” Varlotta says.

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    i guess as long as you think its going to work it might give you a little edge?

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    Wont it make your blood rush to the last place you'd want it into during a workout?

    ROFL, my missus has just informed me that it won't make much of a blood loss in my case.........

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    The radio program I was listening to about this said it was more about recovery. By expanding the blood vessels it increases blood flow to the muscle's which in turn helps recovery time..not sure if true or not but interesting..not sure if I want to watch olympic's if all the males are sporting wood..
    BTW...isn't this why some supplement with arginine...to help blood flow

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    Dont use it in a pushup competition
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    It would be a weird view to see a sprinter with a boner... would it raise his chance on the endline to win with a few inches??
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    i tried it once and all it did was make my muscles stiff.
    Its not about where your at. Its about how far you have come and where your going.

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    Isn't viagra the same thing as Nitrix products? like NO2

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    But doesn't Viagra have side effects? It might cause more harm than good..

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    Viagra does have the propensity to show a lot of side effects depending on the formulation.

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    Most side effects aren't too bad, they may involve headaches, a little nausea, side effects like that. Rarely does it ever really get serious unless for some reason you are allergic to the active ingredient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hushpuppy View Post
    But doesn't Viagra have side effects? It might cause more harm than good..
    i did some research for you and I recommend checking out PillRankings for concise information regarding the side effects of different preparations of viagra or cialis. They take into account the availability and location of the pill into consideration for their rankings as well so I'd say its pretty solid. For example, Canada's Mint Sildenafil received quite a low score because of the severity of its side effects and lack of availability as seen here https://pillrankings.com/mint-silden...ent-ed-canada/
    Hopefully you're able to find sufficient information there!

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    Did anyone try it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpowell123 View Post
    Most side effects aren't too bad, they may involve headaches, a little nausea, side effects like that. Rarely does it ever really get serious unless for some reason you are allergic to the active ingredient.
    I am 1/2 way through nursing school and have learned a bit about Viagra. It was created as a heart medication, but more specifically for pulmonary hypertension. That is not to be confused with regular hypertension that covers the entire body; pulmonary hypertension is blood going from your right ventricle through your pulmonary artery where it exchanges CO2 for O2 and than returns to the left atrium via the pulmonary vein. Pulmonary hypertension would have constriction of the pulmonary artery inhibiting the amount of blood that gets to the lungs. Viagra was supposed to widen (and does) that artery so more blood could reach the lungs. In theory further expansion of the pulmonary artery would allow more blood to get the lungs, but I am not sure if there is a limit on how far it can expand. If an athlete has already hit his/her max expansion trying to expand it further would be pointless. As far as 'side effects' go, one perseon's side effect is another person's desired effect. Viagra can be prescribed to teenage boys with pulmonary hypertension, and getting an erection is hardly a problem for them.

    This is not to say that athletes can not abuse Viagra. A few years back some dumb ass in the NBA went to Vegas for an all hooker weekend that was fueled with Viagra and cocaine. Recreational cocaine (there is actual prescribed cocaine for bad nose bleeds) is never good for you, but that combination is exceedingly bad. If I remember correctly he suffered 500 mini-strokes at the end of it.

    But an interesting factoid for people who want to get that 'extra edge' at any cost, if you want to go that extra mile you will need the BLOOD OF BABIES! Let me explain.

    The makeup of a newborns red blood cells is different than that of an adult. The lungs are still forming and are not very efficient, so to compensate the hemoglobin structure in their blood is capable of holding more O2 per cell than an adults. Now it is theoretical, (I hope no one has ever done this) but if newborn blood was transferred to an adult they would get an 'edge'. I am not sure of the numbers, but it would take the blood of numerous babies to accomplish this since they don't have the volume of blood to sustain an adult.

    Sounds like something out of a horror movie doesn't it?

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    Viagra is great for instant gratification, but may not be safe for some to take. I prefer VigRX Plus for erectile dysfunction. It takes 20-40 days to reach full effect after taking the supplement daily. My results at that point were just as good.
    Last edited by vigrxplus; 09-04-2019 at 11:07 PM.

 

 

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