In one of the strangest studies to be completed with Suhagra, the product of Cipla, it has been determined that the drug may actually help a person cope with the effects of jet lag. Technically known as desynchronosis, jet lag happens when a person travels across a number of time zones in a short amount of time. It is thought that this travel has a direct effect on the person’s circadian rhythm and it is manifested by the appearance of headaches, fatigue, insomnia, disorientation, irritability, depression, diarrhea, and constipation. However, this problem may be a thing of the past as a team of scientists from Argentina have shown that taking this medication can help to speed up the recovery process.
Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, their discovery has been making news around the world and many frequent fliers are paying close attention. In the study, hamsters were given Suhagra and the scientists altered their light and darkness cycles to replicate the experience of traveling across time zones. By keeping close tabs on how the hamsters exercised on running wheels, the scientists were able to observe differences between the ones that had been given the drug and the control group. In a normal hamster body cycle, the animal will exercise during the day and sleep at night. The study showed that the hamsters who did not have their time shifted were not affected by the pills. However, in those with the time shift, the time it took to adjust to the new cycles was shortened dramatically, in some cases as much as 50% of the normal recovery time.
The study’s lead scientist, Dr. Diego Golumbek, stated that it is his belief that Suhagra produces this effect due to how it interacts with a specific molecule – cGMP. This cGMP is used by the body to recognize daylight and nighttime hours and may also play a role in cases of insomnia. Golumbek contends that the cGMP levels are increased by the drug, making it much easier for the body to react to changes in the normal light and darkness cycles.
While the promise for this discovery of Suhagra is great, there is one caveat. It only seems to work in one direction. Although it is not completely understood, the positive effects were only seen in those hamsters that were said to experience a time shift as if they were traveling east. In those subjects where the time shifts mimicked a travel to the west, no positive advantages were noticed. Dr. Golumbek attributed this disparity to the fact that different mechanisms are used to regulate the body’s internal clock. In this manner, cGMP may only be relevant when a person is traveling to the east and experiencing light stages at an earlier time. Although the scientific community is excited about the possibility of using the medication to help jet lag recovery, it is clear that more research and understanding about the internal clock is needed. Currently, changing the amount of a person’s light exposure is still the best way of dealing with the condition.
Since its widespread introduction in 1998, Suhagra has been used for many different conditions. While treating the condition of erectile dysfunction remains the primary use for the drug, new functions are being discovered at a rapid rate. It can be used in treating chronic pulmonary hypertension as well as altitude sickness for people that are susceptible to problems at high altitudes. Now, jet lag is the newest problem to be solved by this medicine.