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    What to expect when taking Viagra for the first time

    Viagra is one of the most well-known branded medications in the world. So much so that it has become synonymous with the condition it treats, much in the same way a vacuum cleaner is often referred to as the brand Hoover. Viagra is a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction, helping men attain and maintain a healthy, long-lasting erection, allowing for a return to a healthy sex life. In this article, we will explain what to expect when you take Viagra for the first time, as well as much more. Some of the questions we will answer include how viagra actually works, how much viagra you need when you are taking it for the first time, whether or not viagra will work for you the first time you take it, and how long viagra takes to work, and more. 

    What should I expect when taking Viagra for the first time?

    When you make your first purchase of Viagra, be it via prescription or by purchasing the over-the-counter alternative Viagra Connect, you must first read the information and instructions provided to you when you receive your medication, this should provide you with all of the information you need in order to attain the best results when using viagra. You must also follow any advice given to you by your Doctor or Pharmacist. The most effective time to take Viagra is one hour prior to sexual activity. This does mean that sexual activity becomes more planned, however, the results are much better. 

    It is important to note that Viagra only works when you are sexually stimulated, and will not work if you are not aroused. When you become stimulated you will become erect thanks to the help of Viagra. This erection should last around two to three hours, which is completely normal and is nothing to worry about. 

    What is the best way to take Viagra for the first time?

    Below is a table of questions about ways in which you can take Viagra to maximise its effectiveness right from the very start of your Viagra journey.

    What is the best time to take Viagra?One hour prior to sexual activity.
    What are the best foods to eat with Viagra?Watermelon, leafy greens, salmon, dark chocolate, oranges, nuts.
    Will alcohol affect how Viagra works?Drinking alcohol can slow bodily functions, lessening the effects of Viagra.
    Does mood affect how Viagra works?In order for Viagra to work, you need to be sexually aroused and relatively relaxed.
    Will Viagra work with other medications?Viagra should not be taken with other erectile dysfunction medication.

    How does Viagra work?

    Viagra, or specifically the medication inside, sildenafil, is a treatment that is used to help people struggling with erectile dysfunction. It is important to note that Viagra will not simply give you an erection, you first have to become sexually aroused. Viagra works by increasing the blood flow to the penis by inhibiting PDE-5, an enzyme that regulates the process of muscle contraction and relaxation. By promoting healthy blood flow to the penis, sexual stimulation will promote an erection where previously there was none. People suffering from erectile dysfunction may find it difficult to achieve an erection at all, or may struggle to maintain an erection, Viagra helps to make both easier.

    How much viagra should I take the first time?

    You should only ever take Viagra as it has been prescribed to you, or from the instructions outlined in the information leaflet provided. The recommended maximum amount of times you should take Viagra in a day is once, this should not be exceeded. 

    Does viagra work the first time you take it?

    The first time you take Viagra, you may not notice the results that you were expecting. Ensuring that you are sexually aroused will combat this, however, other factors can affect its effectiveness. One such factor is your mental state. Erectile dysfunction can be made worse by your mental outlook and how relaxed you are in your situation. If you are particularly stressed, or if you are overthinking, Viagra may not work as well for you the first time you take it. It is important to communicate with your partner to ensure that you are both comfortable and relaxed, and then Viagra should be able to help you when you are aroused. 

    How long does Viagra take to work?

    As mentioned, Viagra will only work as long as you become sexually aroused. It is recommended that you take Viagra at least one hour before sexual activity as this will give time for the medication to fully get into your system. Once you are aroused during sexual activity, then you will begin to see the effects of Viagra.

    Does Viagra make you last longer?

    One of the symptoms of erectile dysfunction is that is can mean you struggle to maintain an erection even during sexual intercourse. Viagra is perfect for ensuring that you maintain a strong and healthy erection during intercourse, thus making sex last longer. Despite this, there is no scientific proof that Viagra makes men last longer in bed, and it does not prolong ejaculation. 

    Does Viagra make you bigger?

    The way Viagra works is by stimulating blood flow to the penis when a man is sexually aroused. Increased blood flow will lead to healthier, stronger, and more reliable erections. However, with increased blood flow can come an increase in the size of the penis, but nothing drastic. Viagra will not permanently increase the size of the penis, however, it will make it appear larger whilst the person taking the medication is using it. The more aroused you are, the larger the penis will seem. 

    How long do the effects of Viagra last?

    If you are taking Viagra for the first time, you may not experience any results for a number of different reasons. However, when you do get a result you may be wondering how long it will last for. An erection caused by Viagra and sexual arousal will last for around two to three hours. Do not be alarmed if it lasts this long as it is perfectly normal. If your erection is painful and does not go after four hours, you may wish to contact a doctor or NHS 111.

    Will I experience side effects from Viagra the first time that I take it?

    As with other medications, there are some possible side effects that you could experience when taking Viagra. However, these are very rare, and are nothing to be concerned about. You may experience some side effects when you take Viagra for the first time, the most common of which being:

    • A runny nose

    • An upset stomach

    • Headaches

    • Flushing

    • Aching muscles

    These are nothing to worry about and should not hinder the effectiveness of the medication in Viagra.

    What are some reviews about Viagra?

    Here are some reviews from people who have used Viagra for the first time:

    "All I can say is thanks to my doctor for Viagra!"

    "Our relationship has inproved 500% and would not trade it for anything in the world. Thank you Mr Viagra. You are a genius!"

    For more reviews regarding Viagra, check out drugs.com

    Is there an alternative to Viagra (sildenafil)?

    If you do not think that Viagra would be the right option for you there are a number of different medications that you can try. Cialis (tadalafil) and Levitra (vardenafil) are both similar medications to Viagra (sildenafil) in that they come in tablet form.

    If you want to try an alternative form, Vitaros (alprostadil) is a cream that can help to effectively treat erectile dysfunction.

    Where can Viagra be bought?

    You can purchase prescription-only Viagra from UK Meds following a consultation by an independent prescriber. You can also purchase over-the-counter Viagra in the form of Viagra Connect from UK Meds, as well as a Viagra alternative, Eropid.

    Medically Reviewed by:
    Dr. Alexis Missick MBChB. MRCGP
    GMC reference no: 7151419
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    Sources

    https://www.ukmeds.co.uk/blog/what-to-expect-when-taking-viagra-for-the-first-time

    https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/sildenafil-viagra/how-and-when-to-take-sildenafil/

    https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sex/how-much-viagra-should-i-take-the-first-time

    https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/8725#gref

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3836683/

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