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Your Viagra Questions Answered

Published : Thursday April 21, 2016 | Posted in : Men's Health

Viagra is the little blue pill that's become famous for saving sex lives; there is barely a soul in the UK that doesn't know what Viagra is. Prescriptions for sildenafil based treatment reached 1.7 million in 2015. That's an increase of 1 million in 2004 and not including those who take erectile dysfunction medicine with a different active ingredient to Viagra or the generic medicine Sildenafil itself.

So it's no exaggeration to say that Viagra (and its equivalents) have improved millions of sex lives, but with worldwide fame comes rumours, some of which are true and others false. Just ask Kayne. Here are some common (and not so common) Viagra questions answered.

What Is Viagra For?

It's a prescription drug that treats erectile dysfunction in men. It works by increasing blood flow to the penis. When coupled with stimulation, aka being aroused, this leads to an erection firm enough for penetrative sex.

Erectile dysfunction happens when not enough blood gets to the penis. It's thought 1 in 5 British men will suffer from this problem at some point in their lives. It can be caused by a physical illness such as nerve damage, diabetes and heart disease or psychological factors such as stress and performance anxiety.

Is Viagra Safe?

Viagra is safe for men who have been prescribed the medication and follow the instructions. Viagra is ONLY available on prescription in the UK so your health and the medication must be reviewed and suitable before you take it. It's been extensively tested and rarely has serious side effects. It is also available in a couple of dosages meaning that if you do have any side effects, trying a lower dose could solve the problem.

Who Can Take It?

Most men can take Viagra but some medical conditions make it unsafe. Luckily, your prescription in the UK will established this for you.

Men taking medicines that contain nitrates are advised against taking Viagra. Medicines for chest pains, angina or high blood pressure often include nitrates.

Recreational drugs such as poppers contain nitrates and should not be mixed with Viagra no matter what the current clubland trend is.

I've Heard Viagra Causes Heart Attacks

As long as you're taking Viagra prescribed for you and not mixing it with nitrates then Viagra is safe. When completing a consultation, just clarify any previous or current conditions, and the hard work will be done for you.

What Are The Side Effects Of Viagra?

Millions of men take Viagra safely but there are some reported side effects such as:

  • Headache
  • Flushing
  • Upset stomach
  • Changes in vision
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Back pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Rash

Rarely reported serious side effects are loss of vision, changes in hearing, such as tinnitus or dizziness, or priapism (a persistent erection).

If you experience side effects you may want to change your dosage or brand of medication. If you suffer from serious side effects consult a doctor immediately.

I'm 18 - can I take Viagra?

Viagra is formulated for male adults so 18 year olds can be prescribed Viagra - and young men do experience ED. However, if it is your first time seeking treatment, it is advised to speak to your doctor to discuss the options.

I'm 90 - can I take Viagra?

There's no upper age limit to Viagra, doctors consider each case individually before prescribing.

How Much Should I Take?

Follow your prescription dosage. The dosage you need may vary, so it's worth starting with the lowest you need and increasing or decreasing if you need too.

Viagra comes in 25mg, 50mg and 100mg pills. The recommended starting dose is 50mgs and 100mgs is the maximum daily dose. Speak to your health provider before changing your prescribed dose.

Will I Need To Take Viagra For Life Once I Start?

Some men need to take Viagra long term, such those who have suffered nerve damage. Others may become dependent on Viagra if they suffer from performance anxiety. This can lead to a reliance on medication. In this situation, it may be worth speaking to your doctor about counselling or cognitive behavioural therapies to help you through the anxiety.

Is It Bad For You Long Term?

There's no evidence that Viagra is damaging when taken long term.

Where can I get Viagra safely?

Viagra can be safely obtained from your doctor or from a registered online pharmacy.

Don't buy black market Viagra no matter how cheap it is. Some versions are offered by non-registered pharmacies or by sellers without a prescription. It's easy to tell whether a website is authentic as you'll see pharmacy and health trademarks clearly displayed, and you will need to complete a consultation to get a prescription. These may have no effect or may even be harmful because the ingredients are not certified. Stick to a qualified medical source to be safe.

Is Viagra The Only Prescription Option?

No, there are other brand names as Cialis, Levitra and Spedra. They contain different active ingredients and some come in lower doses, but they all work in the same way by increasing blood flow to the penis. It's worth trying a different brand if you feel Viagra doesn't suit you.

What About Herbal Viagra?

There's no evidence 'herbal Viagra' supplements improve erections. Although some of the supplements are rumoured to have performance enhancing chemicals, such as black cohosh, it's not medically proven. If they did work, there would not be a market for Viagra. To be sure you're getting the correct treatment and not wasting your money, it's best to get erectile dysfunction medicines on prescription.

How Long Before It Works?

It usually takes Viagra 30 -60 minutes to start working. It won't provide an instant erection because stimulation is still required. It can work up to four hours after taking it but results vary with individuals.

How Often Can I Take Viagra?

The maximum dose is 100mgs a day for Viagra. It's not safe to take a higher dose or more frequent lower doses.

Are There Any Benefits For Women?

There are no proven benefits for women. Viagra is formulated for men. There is a 'pink' pill undergoing tests, which may raise the libido of women, but it's not available yet.

Should I tell my Partner I'm taking Viagra?

That's completely your choice. There is no reason why you have to, but it may improve your confidence and relationship if you are able to talk about the reasons why you need the support of Viagra. This one is down to you to answer!

Men who are experiencing erectile dysfunction issues should seek help. There is no reason to be embarrassed because it's a common problem. Discussing your issues with a doctor is important as erectile dysfunction can be caused by an underlying illness such as diabetes.

Whatever the reason for a malfunctioning penis, there are options available to help you out; it's simply a case of finding the most suitable one for you.

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