Viagra is the most well-known treatment for adult men with erectile dysfunction, sometimes known as impotence. This is when a man cannot get, or keep a hard, erect penis suitable for sexual activity. Viagra was the first medication to be licensed for the treatment of erectile dysfunction and has been used safely and effectively by millions of men worldwide since it was release in 1998 by Phizer. The
Viagra is one of a class of drugs known as PDE-5 (Phosphodiesterase type 5) inhibitors. Viagra and the other PDE-5 inhibitors can help men with erectile dysfunction (male impotence) by enhancing the erectile response when a man is sexually stimulated.
What is Sildenafil?
Sildenafil citrate is the generic version of the Viagra licensed since 2013 in the UK.
- Sildenafil is an effective, modern medicine used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). When you take Sildenafil you may be able to:
- Improve your ability to get and maintain an erection
- Be more confident in your ability to get and maintain an erection
- Be satisfied with the hardness of your erections
What is the difference between Viagra and Sildenafil?
Sildenafil citrate is the active ingredient in Viagra and is available in a generic, unbranded tablet. Sildenafil and Viagra are medically equivalent but Sildenafil is available at a much lower cost.
Generic medicines contain the same active ingredient and are equally effective and medically equivalent as the branded products but are available at a lower price. Generic manufacturers have to demonstrate that they are medically identical to the branded product - i.e. they offer the same quality, strength, stability and effectiveness.
Generic medicines are required meet the same standards of safety, quality and efficacy as the branded medication.
Choosing the Correct Dosage
The recommended starting dose for Viagra (sildenafil) is one 50mg tablet taken 1 hour before sexual activity. If you achieve the desired effect but are suffering from side effects, try lowering the dose to 25mg. If after trying 50mg tablets four times without the desired effect, and you are not experiencing side effects, increase the dose to 100mg. If after trying 100mg 8 separate times without effect you should cease treatment and consult your doctor. You should not take Viagra (sildenafil) more than once a day as this will have not increase the effectiveness and may increase the likelihood of experiencing side effects.
How To Take
You should take Viagra (Sildenafil) about one hour before you plan to have sex. Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water.
Viagra (Sildenafil) can be taken with or without food. However, you may find that Viagra (Sildenafil) takes longer to start working if you take it with a heavy meal.
How does Viagra work?
Viagra belongs to a class of medication known as PDE5 inhibitors. In the presence of sexual stimulation, PDE5 inhibitors such as Viagra relax smooth muscle and increase blood flow to the penis, helping to restore impaired erectile function.
How long does Viagra Last?
Viagra will stay in the body on average 4 hours after dosing. For some men it may remain as long as 5 hours, or a few as 3 hours.
Side Effects of Viagra
Viagra is generally well tolerated and comes in a variety of dosages so the strength can easily be decreased for men experiencing bothersome side effects. The most common side effects include headache, flushing, indigestion, nasal congestion, dizziness, nausea, hot flush and visual disturbances. These common side effects are all transient in nature and should not last more than a few hours. Studies have not shown any effect on sperm motility or morphology.
Side Effects From Using Viagra
Viagra has been used by millions of men worldwide for over a decade and has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. For the majority of users no side effects are experienced. However, some men may experience mild side effects and less than 1% will experience serious side effects.
Very Common Side Effects (affects more than 10% of the population)
Common Side Effects (affects between Than 1-10% of the population)
- Blurry Vision / Visual Disturbances
- Hot flushes
- Blocked nose