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When should I take Viagra for the best results?

1st October 2019

Viagra, the most popular medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction usually starts to work within 30 minutes to 1 hour. You may take the pill up to 4 hours before performing sexual activity.

Viagra, when taken for erectile dysfunction, is most often effective. However, the drug can be less effective for men with certain conditions such as diabetes or nerve damage. 

For Viagra to give the best results, it should be taken before you eat a large meal because food can delay its absorption. Taking Viagra on a full stomach may make it not as effective as expected.

Taking Viagra with a heavy meal, especially one high in fat, will take the body longer to absorb the medication. Longer absorption time means that Viagra is not as concentrated in your blood, making it less effective. This could mean that you will get an erection later than expected, or that your erection will not be as strong as expected and not as long you would have expected.

Men should remember the following before taking Viagra:

  • Do not take Viagra on a full stomach as it will slow down the absorption of the drug
  • Do not eat too much fatty foods
  • Avoid the consumption of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs and marijuana as they can worsen the symptoms of erectile dysfunction

Viagra works best when you are healthy. The drug stops the chemical reaction that allows blood to leave an erect penis. For Viagra to be effective, your body should be at its optimum health. You can get the best results from Viagra if you have healthy blood flow, hormone levels, and overall cardiovascular health.

Making sure that you are healthy, you avoid large fatty meals, excessive intake of alcoholic drinks, and use of medications that cause ED will ensure that Viagra will work best for you. Changing your lifestyle and health habits will contribute to getting the best results from Viagra.

What is Viagra?

Sildenafil, marketed under the popular brand name Viagra, is a medication used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension. It comes as a tablet to be taken by mouth. The onset of the drug is from 30 to 60 minutes, with its effectiveness lasting from 2 hours to 4 hours.

Erectile dysfunction is the inability for men to get an erection and to sustain it. Erectile dysfunction may be experienced by men from time to time, depending on health conditions and other factors that may affect getting an erection. Erectile dysfunction may be a warning of other serious medical conditions such as blocked or hardened arteries, high blood sugar in diabetic patients, or high blood pressure. 

How is erection achieved?

A man achieves an erection because of the release by the nerves of chemicals that increase the flow of blood into the penis. During an erection, the spongy tissues relax, trapping blood in the process. The blood pressure in the penis’ chambers makes the penis firm, causing the erection. After a man has an orgasm, another set of nerve signals are sent to the penis, causing the muscular tissue in the penis to contact, releasing blood back into the circulation system, resulting to the erection coming down.  When a man has erectile dysfunction, it is difficult for his penis to get an erection or sustain the erection that is needed for sexual intercourse.

Viagra works in both the physiological and biochemical levels. It modifies the biochemical composition of blood to simulate the widening of blood vessels. Viagra does not influence sexual desire or improve the physical characteristics of its users, such as improving his stamina or making him bigger.

Side effects

The common side effects of the drug include heartburn, headaches, and flushed skin. The drug is not recommended for use by men with cardiovascular disease. Viagra has the potential for rare but serious side effects which include vision problems, a prolonged erection that can lead to damage to the penis, and hearing loss. The drug should not be taken by men who are taking nitrates such as nitroglycerin. The combination of the two drugs may result in a serious drop in blood pressure. If you do experience any side effects from taking Viagra then it is important to contact a medical professional immediately.