What is Avana?
Avana containing the active ingredient avanafil is a PDE5 inhibitor (phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor) type of medication. It increases blood flow to certain parts of the body by relaxing the muscles. It blocks PDE5 in smooth muscle cells lining the blood vessels supplying corpus cavernosum to the penis. The medication is commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction. It is usually a faster acting medication that also passes through the body at a quicker rate than most erectile dysfunction drugs.
How is Avana used?
It is recommended to take Avana orally with or without food, 30 minutes prior to sexual activity. Patients usually start with an initial dose of 100mg, with additional dosages depending on the patients reaction to the medication. It is recommended to take the least amount possible for treatment, contact your doctor for the correct dosage. Do not use the medication more than 1 time every 24 hours. The medication will not cause a reaction without any sexual stimulation, erections will not occur by only taking the pill. Erections lasting over 4 hours may cause permanent damage to the penis, contact your doctor immediately should you encounter this problem.
Patients using Avana may encounter side effects such as:
- Cold symptoms
- Nasal congestion
- Back pain
Contact your doctor immediately should you encounter more severe side effects such as:
- Change or loss of vision
- Change or loss of hearing
- Chest or stomach pain
Patients should avoid grapefruits or grapefruit juice as it can cause a potential dangerous reaction when taken in combination with the medication. Patients should also not take the product with any nitrate medication as it may lead to a sudden decrease in blood pressure.
Immediately proceed to your nearest emergency department if you suffer an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually associated with such a reaction include difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest tightness, swelling, skin rashes, and hives.
Avana is not always suitable for all patients. Always consult your health care provider prior to using this medication if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to conceive, using any other medication (prescription or non-prescription), using any herbal products or supplements, or if you have any allergies or other health problems.
The correct dosage and prescription commonly depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Do not adjust your dosage without the approval of your health care provider. This product is only for use as prescribed and instructed.