The Blue Pill: What Men Should Know

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The little blue pill is an erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment, used by millions of men around the world. It is clinically proven to work, with at least two-thirds of men reporting improved erections after taking it. In this guide, we’ll explain everything you should know about this tablet to help you make the right decision.

 

What is the blue pill?

Viagra is the brand name for one of the most common and popular treatments for ED. It is often nicknamed “the blue pill” or “the little blue pill”, due to its appearance.

When sexually aroused, blue pills for men make it easier to get and maintain an erection firm enough for sexual activity by improving blood flow to the penis.

The blue pill can be a safe and effective treatment for many men, if it has been obtained from a reputable source, and prescribed by a qualified clinician. Interestingly, the active ingredient in Viagra was originally developed as a treatment for angina. During testing, Pfizer found the medication to be a more effective treatment for erectile dysfunction than angina. Pfizer brought Viagra to market as an ED treatment in 1998.

Often, men do not seek treatment for erectile dysfunction due to embarrassment, or the feeling that it is a natural part of ageing. However, the blue pill is a proven treatment that you may wish to consider if you experience ED.

The blue pill starts working within 30 minutes and can last for up to 4 hours. The active ingredient is called sildenafil, which is available as a generic non-branded version, as well as the branded version, Viagra.

 

How does the blue pill work?

The blue pill works by increasing blood flow to your penis when you are sexually stimulated, helping to achieve and maintain an erection.

To understand this more, let’s consider how an erection occurs and what causes erectile dysfunction. When sexually aroused, your nerves send messages to your brain to release a chemical called cGMP into your penis. This chemical causes smooth muscle in your penis to relax allowing blood to enter and cause an erection.

Erectile dysfunction is when a man has difficulty getting or keeping an erection for sex. It happens when cGMP is broken down by an enzyme called PDE5 and not enough blood flows to the penis, preventing an erection.

The blue pill contains the active ingredient sildenafil, that is a PDE5 inhibitor. This means it blocks the PDE5 enzyme from breaking down the cGMP chemical. cGMP is then available when you are sexually aroused and allows an influx of blood to your penis to make it easier to get and keep an erection.

 

How to take the little blue pill?

Oval in shape, you take one blue pill around one hour before sexual activity. Food can affect the absorption of this tablet, so for best results, you should take it on an empty stomach or after a light meal.

On average, sildenafil works for four hours. This means you can achieve and maintain an erection when you are sexually stimulated during this time. The effectiveness of the pill can be affected by factors such as your weight, age, frame of mind and what you’ve eaten beforehand.

The blue pill is available in three different strengths 25mg, 50mg and 100mg. The strength is normally marked on the tablet. The recommended dose for first time use is 50mg.

If the little blue pill is not working, continue to take it on 8 separate occasions. There may be several reasons why it is not providing the desired effect. Try taking the pill in different scenarios. For example, on an empty stomach, without any alcohol, with enough time to allow the tablet to work and when you are relaxed. If after 8 separate attempts, the blue pill is not working, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist. Alternative treatments such as tadalafil and vardenafil often prove to be effective, where sildenafil has failed to work.

 

Blue pill side effects

The blue pill is safe and effective to use for most men. There do not appear to be any long-term side effects from taking the blue pill.

In some men, it may cause minor short-term side effects. Headaches is one of the most common, alongside nasal congestion, facial flushing, indigestion, and muscle aches. These side effects also often occur with other ED medications, such as Tadalafil and Vardenafil.

If you experience bothersome side effects, you should consider lowering the dose. The starting dose is typically 50mg, which can be reduced to 25mg in the event of unwanted side effects. Similarly, if you are not experiencing the desired effects and you are not experiencing side effects, you should increase your dosage to 100mg. Before changing your dose, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

If you have a medical condition, you should consult with your doctor to check that this medication is safe for you to take and to check for any possible interactions. The blue pill can interact with several other medicines, and it is important to check this with your doctor or pharmacist.

Although side effects are minimal, you should not take the blue pill if you do not have ED. Taking sildenafil without ED will not make you last longer or give you a bigger erection, but it can lead to dependence, reducing erectile confidence.

Tip: Always obtain medication from a registered pharmacy. You should read the product information leaflet beforehand. If you experience any unusual side effects, or side effects that concern you, seek medical attention.

 

Blue pill reviews

The little blue pill reviews are generally positive, with most users finding it to be effective. Several clinical studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the blue pill in treating ED. As Viagra and sildenafil are medically equivalent, there is not much difference between sildenafil reviews and Viagra reviews, and the main differentiating factor is the price.

 

How to buy the blue pill?

In the UK, you can buy the blue pill in three different ways:

  • From an online pharmacy
  • By taking a prescription to a pharmacy
  • Viagra Connect is available over the counter at a High Street pharmacy following a pharmacist consultation


Our service allows you to buy Viagra and generic sildenafil tablets online conveniently, safely, and discreetly at a low cost.

When buying medication online, it is important to check the pharmacy’s credentials. In the UK you should ensure that the pharmacy is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). These registrations demonstrate that the pharmacy will dispense medication that is genuine, legitimate, and safe to use.

You should steer clear of unregistered websites that sell unregulated substitutes. An example of this is “Kamagra”, which is an unlicensed product sold online, that claims to be a cheaper alternative to Viagra. Counterfeit and unlicensed tablets sold online have not undergone the same safety tests that licensed products have.

 

Can you get herbal blue pills?

Yes, you can get herbal blue pills, but they are not medically approved, and you should avoid purchasing such products from unregulated websites. They are often advertised as cheaper alternatives and available without a prescription.

However, they aren't held to the same standards and regulations as prescription and over-the-counter medications. This means it can be difficult to know which ones are safe or effective.

If you have erectile dysfunction, it is very important that you consult with a doctor or a pharmacist before opting for a “herbal blue pill”. Using a product which is not approved can be harmful to our health and taking a tablet which is unlikely to be effective can reduce confidence. You also need to understand if your ED is caused by an underlying health problem, or if it is a side effect of another medication you are taking. The safest option is to act on the advice and recommendation of a doctor or a pharmacist, based on your health and medical history.

 

Blue pill vs BlueChew

Both the blue pill and BlueChew tablets help people with ED to maintain an erection. They both contain the same active ingredient, sildenafil citrate. The main difference is that blue pills are swallowed, whilst BlueChew is chewed.

Currently, BlueChew is only available in the US. There is a UK version that is available on prescription, known as Nipatra.

 

What are the alternatives?

If the blue pill isn’t working for you there are several other treatments that may work better. Their different formulations may give you more flexibility or spontaneity. Some act quicker, last longer or provide an ongoing effect.

Examples of blue pill alternatives for ED treatment include:
 

Tadalafil (Cialis)

Takes 30 minutes to work and can last for up to 36 hours. It is also available as a daily tablet which has a continuous effect, reducing the need for scheduling.

Avanafil (Spedra)

This is the fastest acting ED treatment, taking 15 minutes to work. The effects can last for up to 4 hours.

Vardenafil (Levitra)

Takes around 25 minutes to work and can last for up to 5 hours. This is the recommended ED treatment for those with diabetes.


You should discuss alternative treatments with your doctor or pharmacist.

 

The little blue pill for men: The Verdict

The "blue pill" is a term, used to describe Viagra or sildenafil tablets, in reference to their appearance. Clinical studies and positive reviews indicate that the blue pill is a safe and effective treatment for men who experience ED. It is important to have a consultation with a doctor or pharmacist beforehand, to ensure that it is safe for you to take. This is particularly important if you are taking medication, or you have underlying health issues. The starting dose is 50mg, and if you feel that after 8 separate attempts, you are not experiencing the desired effects, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist about increasing the dose. The maximum dose is 100mg daily. If you are still not having any success, there are alternatives. If you are experiencing side effects, you should take steps to minimise the chances of experiencing unwanted effects. If the blue pill is working well for you, your doctor may suggest trying the lower dose of 25mg, to reduce the chances of experiencing these effects.


Whilst all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it is not intended to be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns about your health, please speak to your doctor.