What To Expect When You Take Viagra: A Guide For Optimal Results

April 16, 2024
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Taking Viagra for the first time? If so, you may have some questions. No one wants an important moment ruined by a medication that does not act as you expected. Viagra is the brand name for sildenafil. Thousands of men have used Viagra since it was first introduced to the market by Pfizer pharmaceutical in 1998. The “little blue pill” has helped men get and maintain an erection for more than 20 years. The article is all about what to expect when you take Viagra.

Sildenafil is the generic form of Viagra. It is exactly the same medication, only cheaper. When Pfizer pharmaceutical developed Viagra, the company had to pay all the research and development costs. In exchange, they enjoyed patent and exclusivity rights to give them time to recoup these costs. This protection has expired, and other manufacturers can produce generic sildenafil for a fraction of the cost and pass the savings on to you.

What To Expect When You Take Viagra For The First Time

Viagra is a phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor. Essentially, it increases nitric oxide levels in your bloodstream to maintain blood flow into your penis.

When you take Viagra for the first time (typically 30 to 60 minutes before sexual activity), you will notice …….nothing. Viagra requires sexual stimulation to work. For many men, it takes up to an hour for Viagra to work well enough for sexual penetration. The average, according to one study, is 27 minutes. You do not have to worry that after taking Viagra you will get an erection at an inopportune time.

Viagra has effects for about 4 hours. If you are sexually stimulated within 4 hours after taking Viagra, you should notice that it is easier to get and sustain an erection. If you don’t get an erection, it is possible that you need a higher dose of medication or even a change in medication. But be patient. Before asking for a different dose or medication, try changing your medication timing, the amount or type of sexual stimulation, and the food and drink you consume before taking Viagra.

Typically, your doctor will start you off with 50 mg of Viagra. Viagra is also available in 25mg and 100 mg doses. If Viagra doesn’t work for you, don’t adjust the dose on your own. Contact your doctor. Depending on whether you have other medical conditions or are taking other medications, Viagra can have more side effects for some men.

It is also important not to take more than one ED medication at a time unless prescribed by your doctor or take more than one dose of Viagra in a 24-hour period. Doses over 100 mg do not improve ED symptoms and are more likely to cause side effects.

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What Are Viagra’s Known Side Effects?

Headache, facial flushing, upset stomach, and nasal congestion are the most commonly reported side effects.

Other less common side effects include the following:

  • Abnormal vision
  • Back pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Rash

More serious side effects include the following:

  • Priapism
  • Loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Hearing decrease or loss
  • Chest pain or heart attack
  • Low blood pressure
  • Allergic reactions

Viagra/sildenafil should not be taken with nitrates. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if your other medications interact with sildenafil.

Another side effect to be aware of is priapism. This is a sustained, painful erection. An erection occurs when blood is trapped in chambers in your penis, called corpora cavernosa. When these spaces fill with blood, pressure in the penis increases, generating an erection.

What To Expect When You Take Viagra: A Guide For Optimal Results

To trap blood in the penis, blood vessels entering the penis dilate to allow blood to flow into the penis, and small vessels draining the penis are compressed so the blood cannot easily drain back out. Nitric oxide is a molecule released by blood vessels that cause than to dilate and increase blood flow. cGMP (another chemical in the cascade) levels must remain high to maintain the erection. Phosphodiesterase inactivates cGMP. Inactivating cGMP allows the smooth muscles in the walls of the small blood vessels to contract, decreasing blood flow and ending the erection. If phosphodiesterase works too quickly, it can cause problems with erections.

Sildenafil (Viagra) is a phosphodiesterase inhibitor. When it inhibits phosphodiesterase, nitric oxide levels remain high, and blood flows into the penis. If it is inhibited too long, blood sits in the penis too long. This means that tissues in the penis accumulate metabolic wastes and do not get a fresh supply of blood flow. This can damage the inner structure of the penis.

Your doctor will likely give you a prescription decongestant. This medication counteracts the effects of phosphodiesterase inhibitors and should end an erection. If it does not, be sure to call your doctor for further instructions. This condition, called priapism, is considered an emergency.

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How Should I Take Viagra?

 You should take Viagra between 30 and 60 minutes before planned sexual activity. Viagra can be taken with or without food. For best results, avoid a large meal, especially one high in fat, because it could slow Viagra’s absorption into your bloodstream. Avoid antacids as well.

Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice because it affects how Viagra is metabolized and can increase its side effects.

Phosphodiesterase inhibitors, like Viagra, dilate all blood vessels, not just the ones entering the penis. You may notice nasal congestion as the vessels in your nose and sinuses dilate. As blood vessels dilate, your blood pressure may go down. If you get up suddenly or drink alcohol (also a vasodilator), you may experience dizziness and lightheadedness.

Though ED is not a topic most men want to discuss, talk to your doctor and your partner. You may find your partner is more than willing to support you as you try different ED treatments looking for the one that gives you the best results.

What To Expect When You Take Viagra: A Guide For Optimal Results

Conclusion

When you’re ready to buy sildenafil, it’s vital to be informed about what to expect and how to achieve optimal results. It’s important to understand that while sildenafil can be effective, it requires sexual stimulation to work and it’s advised to avoid certain foods and medications that could affect its efficacy. Your healthcare provider can provide a prescription that suits your health profile, ensuring a safe and effective treatment plan. Visit Invigor Medical’s comprehensive guide to learn more before making your purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Viagra keep you hard after coming?

Viagra (sildenafil) is primarily used to treat erectile dysfunction by increasing blood flow to the penis, which helps achieve and maintain an erection. However, it’s important to note that Viagra does not typically keep you hard after ejaculation. Like any medication, individual responses may vary, but Viagra’s primary effect is to facilitate erectile function during sexual arousal. Once sexual stimulation ends or ejaculation occurs, the effects of Viagra generally diminish.

How do you know Viagra is working?

The effectiveness of Viagra usually becomes apparent within 30 to 60 minutes after taking the medication. One of the most noticeable signs that Viagra is working is an improvement in erectile function, such as the ability to achieve and maintain an erection suitable for sexual activity. Additionally, individuals may experience increased sensitivity to sexual stimulation and heightened arousal. It’s important to remember that Viagra works best when taken in conjunction with sexual stimulation, so engaging in foreplay or other forms of sexual activity can help maximize its effectiveness.

What happens when you take Viagra for the first time?

When taking Viagra for the first time, individuals may experience a range of sensations and effects. Common experiences include a feeling of warmth or flushing in the face, neck, or chest, as well as mild headache or dizziness. Some people may also notice changes in vision, such as increased sensitivity to light or blurred vision. These side effects are usually temporary and tend to diminish as the body adjusts to the medication. It’s essential to follow the prescribed dosage and instructions provided by a healthcare provider when taking Viagra for the first time.

What should I feel when I take Viagra?

When taking Viagra, individuals may notice physical effects such as improved blood flow to the genital area, which can lead to a firmer and more sustained erection during sexual stimulation. Additionally, some people may experience sensations of increased arousal and heightened sexual pleasure. However, it’s essential to be aware that Viagra does not typically produce feelings of euphoria or intense physical sensations unrelated to sexual activity. If you have any concerns or experience unusual symptoms while taking Viagra, it’s important to consult with a healthcare provider for further guidance.

Author: Leann Poston, M.D.
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