Is Viagra Effective in Treating Erectile Dysfunction?

A man has an erectile dysfunction when he has difficulty in getting an erection: the inability to obtain an erection, the inability to maintain n erection for the entire period of sexual intercourse, a man is unable to get an erection that is firm enough to penetrate the vagina

How to Treat ED with Viagra?

Viagra (sildenafil) is known to relax the muscles found in the blood vessels. It increases the flow of blood to certain areas of the body. The oral drug is used for treating ED in men. However, this drug does not protect you against sexually transmitted disease.

Treat ED with ViagraSide Effects of Viagra

You need to get medical help in case you have allergic reactions to Viagra. You have to stop taking the medication if you have the following problems after taking the medication.

  • Symptoms of a heart attack like sweating, nausea, and chest pain;
  • Change in vision or sudden loss of it;
  • Painful erection;
  • Ringing in the ears;
  • Swelling of the ankles, hand, and feet;
  • A light-headed feeling;
  • Irregular heartbeat;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Seizure

Common side effects of Viagra:

  • Dizziness;
  • Headache;
  • Stuffy nose;
  • Upset stomach;
  • Abnormal vision;
  • Back pain;
  • Muscle pain

How Long Does Viagra Last?

The duration of Viagra varies from person to person. However, on an average, it works for 5 hours when you are sexually stimulated. For the majority of men, the effect last for about two to three hours.

Diet and ED

Factors that Affect How Long Viagra will Last

Age: Men who are above 65 years of age find that the oral drug stays in the body for a longer period of time. This is because the metabolic system of the body slows down with age. This naturally means that the effects of the drug will last for a longer time with the increase in age.

Diet: If you have a meal with high fat content just before taking Viagra, the pill might take time to work in the body. This is because the body will be working more to get the food digested. If you take it on an empty stomach, you will find that effect works more quickly.

Alcohol:  When you drink alcohol, it reduces the flow of blood to the penis and this makes it harder to get and also maintain an erection.

Dosage: Viagra is available in tablets ranging from 25 mg to 100 mg. The higher the dosage the longer lasting is the effect. However, consult the doctor for the appropriate dosage for your situation.

Health: In case, you have liver and kidney problems, the effects of the tablet will last for a longer period of time. This is because the body will take more time to break down the tablet.

Drug Interaction: Some medicines might have an effect on the duration of the effectiveness of the medicine. This included medicine like rifampin. Make it a point to discuss the medical history with your doctor so that they can make sure if it is safe for you to take Viagra.

Viagra Interaction

Your doctor if you are using any kind of medication as it can have an effect on the dosage of the medicine. One product that might interact with sildenafil is riociugat.

Viagra cannot be taken with nitrate drugs. This may cause a sudden drop in the blood pressure and lead to:

  • Chest pain;
  • Dizziness;
  • Stroke;
  • Fainting

This drug also cannot be taken along with alpha blocker that is taken for the treatment of enlarged prostate. There are several other medicines that might have an effect so consulting the doctor is very important.