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Published on November 30th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Option for Men With Erectile Dysfunction—VIAGRA® (sildenafil citrate) Single Packs

(NAPSI)—After nearly two decades of helping men with erectile dysfunction (ED) treat their condition, Pfizer continues its commitment to these patients with a single dose VIAGRA package. This is the first of its kind packaging of any FDA approved ED treatment and is similar in size to the packaging pouch used for single dose ADVIL®.

In 2014, an average of 500,000 men used VIAGRA each month according to IMS data. According to Pfizer market research of approximately 200 men with ED who take VIAGRA, 16 percent take it outside of the home.1 VIAGRA Single Packs offer the same VIAGRA as loose pills in a bottle but come in a small pouch (50 mm x 50 mm) with one pill.

About half of men over 40 have some degree of ED, according to a study published in the Journal of Urology, known as the Massachusetts Male Aging Study. The study found that of 1,290 respondents, 52 percent stated that they had some degree of ED.2 The launch of VIAGRA Single Packs offers another option for men to take VIAGRA with them when they need it. VIAGRA usually starts to work within 30-60 minutes.

If VIAGRA is right for them, men with ED can get a VIAGRA Single Packs prescription from their physician. Patients may also request the Single Packs from their local pharmacists if they are in stock when filling their regular VIAGRA prescription.

With a VIAGRA Single Packs prescription men will receive the same amount of pills they normally would with VIAGRA in a bottle and have the same insurance coverage. Pfizer also offers VIAGRA Single Packs through VIAGRA home delivery, powered by CVS.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Do not take VIAGRA if you:

• take any medicines called nitrates, often prescribed for chest pain, or guanylate cyclase stimulators like Adempas (riociguat) for pulmonary hypertension. Your blood pressure could drop to an unsafe level

• are allergic to sildenafil, as contained in VIAGRA and REVATIO, or any of the ingredients in VIAGRA.

Discuss your health with your doctor to ensure that you are healthy enough for sex. If you experience chest pain, dizziness, or nausea during sex, seek immediate medical help.

VIAGRA can cause serious side effects. Rarely reported side effects include:

• an erection that will not go away (priapism). If you have an erection that lasts more than 4 hours, get medical help right away. If it is not treated right away, priapism can permanently damage your penis

• sudden vision loss in one or both eyes. Sudden vision loss in one or both eyes can be a sign of a serious eye problem called non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION). Stop taking VIAGRA and call your healthcare provider right away if you have any sudden vision loss

• sudden hearing decrease or hearing loss. Some people may also have ringing in their ears (tinnitus) or dizziness. If you have these symptoms, stop taking VIAGRA and contact a doctor right away

Before you take VIAGRA, tell your healthcare provider if you:

• have or have had heart problems such as a heart attack, irregular heartbeat, angina, chest pain, narrowing of the aortic valve, or heart failure

• have had heart surgery within the last 6 months

• have pulmonary hypertension

• have had a stroke

• have low blood pressure, or high blood pressure that is not controlled

• have a deformed penis shape

• have had an erection that lasted for more than 4 hours

• have problems with your blood cells such as sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, or leukemia

• have retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic (runs in families) eye disease

• have ever had severe vision loss, including an eye problem called NAION

• have bleeding problems

• have or have had stomach ulcers

• have liver problems

• have kidney problems or are having kidney dialysis

• have any other medical conditions

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

VIAGRA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect the way VIAGRA works, causing side effects. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take any of the following:

• medicines called nitrates

• medicines called guanylate cyclase stimulators such as Adempas (riociguat)

• medicines called alpha-blockers such as Hytrin (terazosin HCl), Flomax (tamsulosin HCl), Cardura (doxazosin mesylate), Minipress (prazosin HCl), Uroxatral (alfuzosin HCl), Jalyn (dutasteride and tamsulosin HCl), or Rapaflo (silodosin). Alpha-blockers are sometimes prescribed for prostate problems or high blood pressure. In some patients, the use of VIAGRA with alpha-blockers can lead to a drop in blood pressure or to fainting

• medicines called HIV protease inhibitors, such as ritonavir (Norvir), indinavir sulfate (Crixivan), saquinavir (Fortovase or Invirase), or atazanavir sulfate (Reyataz)

• some types of oral antifungal medicines, such a ketoconazole (Nizoral) and itraconazole (Sporanox)

• some types of antibiotics, such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), telithromycin (Ketek), or erythromycin

• other medicines that treat high blood pressure

• other medicines or treatments for ED

• VIAGRA contains sildenafil, which is the same medicine found in another drug called REVATIO. REVATIO is used to treat a rare disease called pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). VIAGRA should not be used with REVATIO or with other PAH treatments containing sildenafil or any other PDE5 inhibitors (such as Adcirca [tadalafil])

VIAGRA does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.

The most common side effects of VIAGRA: headache; flushing; upset stomach; abnormal vision, such as changes in color vision (such as having a blue color tinge) and blurred vision; stuffy or runny nose; back pain; muscle pain; nausea; dizziness; rash.

INDICATION

VIAGRA (sildenafil citrate) is prescription medicine used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED).

VIAGRA is not for women or children.

For additional information on the VIAGRA Single Packs, men with ED can visit www.VIAGRA.com.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see full Prescribing Information for VIAGRA (25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg) tablets at VIAGRA.com.

VIAGRA (sildenafil citrate), REVATIO (sildenafil), Cardura (doxazosin mesylate), and Minipress (prazosin HCl) are registered trademarks of Pfizer Inc. Other brands listed are trademarks of their respective owners and are not affiliated with nor endorse Pfizer Inc.

Patients should always ask their doctors for medical advice about adverse events.

You may report an adverse reaction related to Pfizer products by calling

1-800-438-1985 (U.S. only). If you prefer, you may contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) directly. The FDA has established a reporting service known as MedWatch where healthcare professionals and consumers can report serious problems they suspect may be associated with the drugs and medical devices they prescribe, dispense, or use. Visit MedWatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Call 1-888-4-VIAGRA (1-888-484-2472), 9 AM to 7 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday for more information.

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1Data on file. Pfizer Inc, New York, NY
2Feldman HA, Goldstein I, Hatzichristou DG, Krane RJ, McKinlay JB. Impotence and its medical and psychosocial correlates: results of the Massachusetts Male Aging Study. J Urol. 1994;151(1):54-61.

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