Sildenafil And Muscular Dystrophy

Sildenafil Citrate is certainly one of the best known medications that are nowadays available on the market. Its popularity is the result of its efficiency in treating a male problem, namely erectile dysfunction. This medication has been developed in the late 1990s with the primary aim to treat angina, a condition causing chest pain. The clinical trials have however revealed that this medication can be even more efficient in treating male impotency than in treating angina. As a result, Generic Viagra has ever since then remained the main treatment in cases of erectile dysfunction.

The mechanism that makes Sildenafil so powerful in its fight against erectile dysfunction has been shown to have potential in the treatment of other medical conditions. Sildenafil is currently the subject of various clinical trials trying to assess whether this medication can be used in young individuals suffering from muscular dystrophy. Muscular dystrophy is a medical condition that causes heart problems. It is actually caused by a degrading of the muscular tissue in the body and which also affects the heart. In time, the condition may severely affect the quality of life of those suffering from it and if left unattended it may even cause death.

Researchers argue that there are reasons to believe that Sildenafil could help these patients. What Sildenafil actually does is improve the blood circulation throughout the body. Its action is targeted against the so called PDE 5 proteins which are known to cause the damaging of the blood vessels and thus to reduce the blood circulation throughout the body. An increased blood circulation can have tremendous positive effects on patients suffering from muscular dystrophy as a better blood circulation promotes a healthier muscular system. Yet, the research has only been carried out on mice and this drug is still not being used for this type of treatment but the odds are that it might be in the future.