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6 Uses For Viagra Besides THAT One

6 Uses For Viagra Besides THAT One

Yes, we all know what Viagra is used for — or do we?

Sildenafil, the generic name for Viagra, was first developed by British scientists as a possible treatment for angina. It proved disappointing for treating the cardiovascular condition but has become the primary treatment for erectile dysfunction. But drugs can have off-label uses and Viagra has more than a few.

1) Burning Off Fat
At SciLogs, Jalees Rehman describes recent research suggesting that Viagra can help burn off white fat, which in particular “seems to be responsible for many of the deleterious effects associated with obesity, such as diabetes and inflammation.” Brown fat is more readily burned off and mice treated with Viagra were shown to have higher levels of brown fat protein. In addition, their white fat showed the “presence of ‘beige’ (not quite white and not fully brown) fat.”

An earlier study in which mice were treated with Viagra resulted in “some evidence of weight loss.” Rehman underscored that using Viagra to assist with weight loss has yet to be attempted in humans but holds promise as Viagra is “commonly available for human studies.”

2) Reducing Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is a rare disease affecting mainly women; it occurs from a build-up of pressure in blood vessels leading to the lungs. Those with it can find even basic activities liking changing their clothes an ordeal. A 2004study found that those with this life-threatening lung disease had an increased ability to exercise after taking Viagra. In fact, Viagra is now marketed under the name Revario to treat pulmonary hypertension.

3) Treating Altitude Sickness (and Helping You Work Out In the Mountains)

Viagra has also been found to reduce pulmonary artery pressure at high altitudes, while increasing the ability to exercise in low oxygen conditions.

4) Treating Raynaud’s Phenomenon

In Raynaud’s, cold leads to spasms of the small arteries which supply the fingers and toes with blood. These body parts can then become pale and painful. People with Raynaud’s have found that taking Viagra (or rival drug Levitra) has been helpful.

5) Fighting Prostate Cancer

When used in combination with doxorubicin, a cancer drug, Viagra has been used to help treat prostate cancer. While doxorubicin is an effective drug in fighting cancer, its side effects include heart failure — Viagra seems to help protect against these.

6) Keeping Cut Flowers Fresh

Putting 1 milligram of Viagra into the water for flowers can lead to them standing up straight (rather than, um, drooping) for a week beyond their natural life span. Other tests have shown that Viagra can slow down plant ripening, according to research done on strawberries, legumes, broccoli and cauliflower.

Can you imagine the public discussion if anyone were to seek approval for Viagra for agricultural use?

 

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1:42PM PDT on May 7, 2013

interesting?

10:34AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Janet T. 9:24PM PST on Jan 28, 2013
I'm with you on that!

4:47AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Thanks for this article.

9:24PM PST on Jan 28, 2013

I still think men should get permission from their local state legislature before they get to use Viagra. In writing, notarized, with a small fee paid to the local Planned Parenthood office!!

10:28AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

So Viagra slows down plant ripening? This evidently suggests a hormonal effect as all stages of plant growth are regulated by hormones. Just imagine all these men peeing and contaminating our water with something that has the ability to affect food production. Many drugs used to treat cancer have been found to actually promote other cancers further down the road. Animals and plants are regulated by the same hormones {which is why women often place a birth-control pill in their watering can to cause their houseplants to bloom}. Women on birth control and post-surgery and menopausal women on Premarin all contribute to these substances in our water. It isn't just the livestock industry and agricultural chemicals that are causing colony collapse disorder in honeybees.

8:40PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

So, as a woman, can I take Viagra to burn off fat? Lol

6:34AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

LMAO & thank you for the comments

11:08AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thanks , interesting !

6:11AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

If you have Viagra for your "problem" I wouldn't suggest taking it for any of the other health related issues without talking to your doctor first. Mismanaging medications is not a good thing. Luckily for many people with a certain illness medications normally used for one illness has been found to help another.

3:55AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

What an expensive way to keep flowers fresh.

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