Well now I’ve heard everything!

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! 🙂


5 Responses

  1. Yep, we use many drugs off label in the NICU. The field of neonatology is still very new. We experiment, a lot. We used to routinely give steroids to infants for chronic lung disease. This stopped after long term studies showed it caused cerebral palsy in many kids (Yes, I feel guilt that I may have inadvertently caused CP in a neonate by giving steroids. Ethics suck!).
    Remember Thalidomide? It is now used to treat cancer patients. Imagine that.

    • I actually knew that about Thalidomide — we dispensed it when I worked at the pharmacy, and it was a huge pain in the butt, let me tell you!! The man taking it was an octagenarian and a widower. At the doctor’s office, they had to tell him not to have sex with any woman of childbearing age without using two forms of birth control. [We had to repeat the same information when we dispensed it.] He actually had to sign a piece of paper promising not to have sex with a fertile woman. At 80-something years of age. Stranger things have happened, certainly, so I understand that, but the poor little man could barely sit up straight from the pain and nausea of cancer, so I don’t think he had anything else on his mind. But, back to the pain in the butt. The doctor’s office had to do some paperwork and get an authorization number to write the thing; then we had to fill out more paperwork and get another authorization number to get the drugs, and then more paperwork to dispense the drugs. And in every shape, form, and fashion, were the constant warnings of not giving the drugs to a woman who was pregnant, who might become pregnant, or to a man who might be able to father a child.

      Understandable, and better than a child born deformed, but still a pain!

  2. Interesting case and a funny joke. 🙂

  3. That is amazing.

    Are you serious about the tomato lady? Was she?!

    • Yes, I’m serious about the tomato lady. But she was joking.

      Ok, another couple Viagra jokes. [Can’t help myself!] Did you hear about the dog that accidentally ate his master’s Viagra? [pregnant pause] He became a pointer.

      2) A man comes into the pharmacy and asks the pharmacist about Viagra. The pharmacist tells him the information. The man asks, “Can you get it over the counter?” The pharmacist replies, “If you take enough of ’em you could!” 🙂

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