As is the case with other prescription medications, erectile dysfunction (ED) medications work best when you take them under the right conditions. From your diet to your mental state, many factors can influence these drugs. Understanding their optimal conditions will help you see better effects. It might also reduce your risk of having negative side effects.

What is Viagra?

If you need help with E.D., Viagra (sildenafil) is a popular medication that increases blood flow to your penis. That helps you maintain stronger erections for longer. The effects vary, and your overall health and age both play a role in how long it lasts. But some users find it can last several hours. You won’t have an erection the whole time since you’ll still need stimulation. Once you ejaculate, the erection will go away.

Tips for Using Viagra

You can take Viagra with or without food, but if you’re feeling hungry, try keeping the meal light. If you eat a high fat or large meal before taking it, it won’t absorb as quickly, so you’ll have to wait longer before it affects you. Fried foods and red meat both have a lot of fat in them. If you’re eager for results, consider having a few snacks instead. But if you already had a big meal, consider waiting a few hours for digestion and maximum absorption. Even if you don’t eat anything, don’t expect it to work immediately. You might need to wait as long as four hours, so don’t feel stressed about having to rush. Make sure you avoid drinking much after taking the pill. A glass of wine or another alcoholic beverage will be fine, but don’t drink much more than that. Even moderate drinking can make things more difficult. Plus, Viagra might lower your blood pressure. So, taking it with alcohol only strengthens this effect. Lower blood pressure often causes lightheadedness, headaches, and dizziness, which can ruin the mood.

Don’t Worry if it Doesn’t Work at First

There are different doses of ED drugs. If you take sildenafil but don’t notice anything, there’s no need to panic the first time and assume that your issues are permanent. There are many reasons that ED can occur. It might be physical, meaning that your body just needs some help to get an erection. In other cases, it’s psychological. An issue like sexual performance anxiety might prevent you from getting a full erection. Resist the urge to take more if one dose doesn’t seem to help. Your doctor will only prescribe one dose a day since taking more may lead to serious side effects. Sometimes, other health conditions like high cholesterol, diabetes, or high blood pressure may be to blame. Regardless of the cause, if you don’t notice improvement after using sildenafil for a few weeks, consult your doctor. They may be able to boost the dose, so you get stronger effects. There’s a reason doctors recommend ED drugs. They have helped many other men. There’s likely a solution, and your doctor can help you get there.

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Editorial Staff, "What to Expect When Using Viagra," in Medicalopedia, June 27, 2020, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/9002/what-to-expect-when-using-viagra/].