Avanair 200 mg is a prescription medicine used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). It contains the active substance Avanafil, a phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor used to treat adult men who cannot get or keep a hard erect penis for sexual activity. Avanafil works by helping the blood vessels of your penis to relax. This causes an increase in blood flow into your penis, helping it to stay hard when you get sexually aroused. Avanair is not a cure for ED. For Avanair to be effective, sexual stimulation is required. This erectile dysfunction drug will not work or help you if you do not have ED.
How to use (infographics and instructions)
Avanair should be taken orally approximately half an hour before sexual activity. The dose may be decreased to 100 or 50 mg based on individual efficacy and tolerability. Usually, a doctor prescribes a dosage that provides maximum benefits. The maximum recommended dosing frequency is one tablet a day. Sexual stimulation is required as a response to Avanair. This ED drug may be taken with or without food.
Concomitant use of nitrates in any form is contraindicated. Dose adjustment is not required in elderly patients. Limited data is available on elderly patients aged 70 years or above. For more precise information, please talk to your doctor. Avanair is contraindicated in patients with severe hepatic impairment. In case of mild to moderate liver problems, doctors usually initiate treatment with the minimum efficacious dose and adjust the dose based on tolerance. Men with diabetes do not require dose adjustments.
Precautions (warning, allergy, things to remember)
Avanair 200mg should not be used in patients with hypersensitivity to the active substance Avanafil or any other ingredients present in the formulation. Patients who are using any form of organic nitrate or nitric oxide donors should not take Avanafil. The co-administration of PDE5 inhibitors, including Avanafil with Riociguat, is contraindicated as it may lead to symptomatic hypotension. Doctors will consider the potential risk of sexual activity in patients with pre-existing heart disease before prescribing Avanair.
The use of Avanair is contraindicated in the following ways:
- Patients who have suffered from a heart attack, stroke, or other life-threatening heart diseases within the last six months.
- Patients with resting hypotension (90/50 mmHg) or hypertension (blood pressure >170/100mmHg);
- Patients with angina (chest pain) with sexual intercourse or congestive heart failure.
The erectile dysfunction drug is unsuitable for patients with severe hepatic impairment and kidney disorders. Patients with a loss of vision in one eye or a known hereditary degenerative retinal disorder should first consult their doctor before using a PDE5 inhibitor.
Side effects of Avanair 200mg
Common side effects are headache, flushing, and nasal congestion. Stop taking Avanafil and see a doctor right away if you notice any of the following serious side effects; you may need urgent medical help:
- An erection that will not go away is often referred to as priapism. If you get an erection lasting more than four hours, you need to be treated as soon as possible, as permanent damage may occur to your penis.
- Blurred vision, or sudden decrease or loss of vision in one or both eyes
- Sudden decrease or loss of hearing
Discontinue treatment and see a doctor right away if you develop any of these serious side effects.