Viagra for Kids? Sleeping Pills Too


viagraViagra and sleeping pills sound like the makings of an interesting night.

Now imagine them prescribed to little kids.

Don't worry, it's only half of what you think.

Viagra is being investigated as a possible help for kids with a rare lung disease -- Bloomberg reports only 600 kids suffer from pulmonary arterial hypertension, but that's still 600 too many.

The penis-pumping drug works on the blood flow to the penis, and apparently can work on the blood flow in the lungs too. It's still up to the FDA to investigate how to properly test Revatio, the Viagra diminutive, so don't expect kids to be scarfing down little blue pills anytime soon.

What is a problem now, however, is the increasing number of sleeping pills being scarfed down by kids.

According to a new survey of members of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 96 percent of practitioners prescribe at least one sleeping aid a month to their child patients.

The practitioners report "insomnia was a major problem in almost a third of their school-aged and adolescent patients."

So we spend all that time teaching our babies to self-soothe, only to medicate them in the end, huh?


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drugs & alcohol, kid health, kid sleep


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Linda Kennedy

Actually it is used quite often for cardiac patients. My son was born with a congenital heart defect and he was prescribed it about a month ago and he's been on it since. He is 2 by the way. And it's compounded not a pill

Carey... Carey2006

"Don't worry, it's only half of what you think."....thanks for the clarification, I was about to go off on a we are overdrugging our kids rant but glad to see it's HELPING sick for the sleeping pills, GRRRR!!!

tazdvl tazdvl

Isn't there an alternative aid for sleeping?

adia823 adia823

my daughter will be 9 soon, she is adhd and bipolar, she has to take a medication to help with sleep to counter act all of the medication it takes to get her through the day.  the decsion to medicate was not an easy one, i agonized for 3 years about it, but now that i see her happy, truley happy and enjoying life, i wouldn't change my decision for the world.


Lokis... LokisMama

I've got a friend who takes Viagra, not as a sexual aid but for his Hypertension problem.

tonya... tonyalynn

never heard of this

Sam Rx

Doctors who have been using the drug on children say it is well-tolerated and doesn't have as many side effects as other treatments.

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