The “Little Blue Pill” saved a premature baby’s life! When Baby Lewis, born at 24 weeks gestation, was having trouble with getting enough oxygen due to his premature heart and lung capabilities, even after surgery, doctors gave him Viagra, which saved his life, by allowing his tiny lung arteries to expand. Now that’s an off-label use of medication. And one I can agree with!
When you think of it, though, it’s not really that odd — if you know a bit of the history of Viagra, anyway. Sildenafil Citrate was being tested as a new and improved blood pressure or heart medicine, when the test group (which would typically be older men, since they are usually past the age of fathering children) started reporting an, um, increased benefit in their… “abilities.” So, Pfizer started researching it simply for its sexual benefit, which is why they were able to sell it for five bucks a pop. And also why people who take Viagra are warned not to take certain other medications for heart or blood pressure — it could cause disastrously low blood pressure if accidentally used in combination.
I’m struggling with not telling all the Viagra jokes I know, but I’ll instead tell a funny story that actually happened:
A lady came into our pharmacy soon after Viagra was released, and said she wanted to buy some. She said she was going to put it on her tomato plants… so she wouldn’t have to stake ’em.
There’s your smile for the day! 🙂