In the past few years, sildenafil citrate has emerged as an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. This is owing to the fact that sildenafil citrate is a vasodilator, which can increase the supply of blood to the pelvic region by temporarily increasing the diameter of the arteries. However, this property of sildenafil citrate has made it useful for various other medical reasons such as:
- Sildenafil citrate for fetal distress- fetal distress is a disorder affecting pregnant women in which the fetus is in danger. In medical terms, it has been named as compromised uteroplacental circulation and can have severe effects on the growing fetus with some of them being irreversible. These include neurological harm to the brain (irreversible) and it can cause untimely birth and in other cases, it can even lead to death of the mother and the baby. Sildenafil citrate, being a vasodilator can improve the uteroplacental blood flow. This also helps to increase the lining of the uterus and the fetus can remain implanted without a rupture.
- Sildenafil citrate is useful in cases of people who are suffering from muscular dystrophy- Muscular dystrophy is a degenerative disease which needs to be control in order to stop irreversible damages. Studies conducted on guinea pigs has given researchers the lead that sildenafil citrate may prove to be useful in cases of this disease. It has the potential to decrease the risk of heart disorders in teenage boys who had Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This is yet in the nascent stage and still needs further proving.
- Sildenafil citrate for Prostate cancer- Sildenafil citrate has the potential to cure patient who are suffering from this cancer and in the process may also help them get rid of impotency. The effect varies between patients. This is being researched upon.
- Sildenafil citrate – Sildenafil citrate has been a part of treatment of heart disorders and pulmonary hypertension in infants.