What to Expect When First Taking Viagra

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Published: 15 November 2020

Viagra is one of the most well-known and popular treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED). It contains the active ingredient sildenafil, which is also available as a generic (non-branded version). It is commonly referred to as the “blue pill” and has been used by millions of men around the world since it was introduced to the market in 1998.

ED can start from any age, but it is predominantly caused by physical factors such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and smoking. However, it can also be caused by psychological factors such as stress and anxiety.  

Viagra can help to overcome ED, regardless of whether it is caused by physical or psychological factors. Once you have taken Viagra, it works by relaxing blood vessels in the penis, so that blood can enter easily. This results in an erection that is hard enough for sex.

Taking Viagra for the first time can be a daunting experience. First time users often have many questions and we’ve used our experience to answer some of the most common questions about taking Viagra for the first time.

 

How much Viagra should I take the first time?

The recommended dose when taking sildenafil (Viagra) for the first time is 50mg. You should take one tablet around one hour before sexual activity. It is best to take Viagra on an empty stomach, as food can affect the absorption of the tablet. Viagra is also available in a lower strength of 25mg, or a higher strength of 100mg. Your prescriber may wish to adjust your dose, depending on factors such as side effects and your response to treatment.

 

Does Viagra work the first time you take it?

Whilst the success rate is high, Viagra may not work the first time you take it and is not guaranteed to always work. Feeling relaxed and getting in the right frame of mind will help to increase the chances of Viagra working. It is also important to note that Viagra will only work when you are sexually stimulated. It is recommended that you should try taking sildenafil (Viagra) on 8 separate occasions before deciding whether or not you wish to increase the dose, or try a different ED medication. This is because it can take a while for your body to get used to the idea of taking a tablet to help you achieve an erection.

 

How long does Viagra take to work?

On average, Viagra takes around 30-60 minutes to work. However, it has been known to take effect in as little as 12 minutes. If you have eaten close to the time of taking Viagra, it can take up to 2 hours to work, as food can affect the absorption of Viagra. 

 

How long do the effects of Viagra last?

On average, Viagra usually lasts for around 4 hours before the effects start to wear off. Some men may find that they are able to achieve satisfactory results for up to 6 hours after they have taken a tablet. Although Viagra stays in your system for 24 hours, it is not likely to be effective past the 6 hour mark, as the amount of the drug in your blood is too little to have an impact.

 

Does Viagra make you last longer?

Viagra works by helping you to achieve and maintain an erection and does not have any effect on the time taken to ejaculate. The mechanism of the body that causes an erection is different to the mechanism that causes ejaculation.

If you are losing your erection too quickly, or not lasting as long as you would like because your erection will not stay hard, then Viagra will help. If you do not have a problem achieving or maintaining an erection, but you are ejaculating too early, then Viagra will not help.

Viagra will not help you to stay hard after you have had an orgasm. However, it can allow you to get an erection soon after ejaculation, although you may have to wait a short while.

 

Does Viagra make you bigger?

If you have erectile dysfunction and are finding it difficult to get a full erection, Viagra can cause your erection to feel bigger than it normally is. Viagra does not physically make your penis larger, but it allows more blood to enter the penis and stay there for a longer period of time. This can make your erection harder and bigger than usual, by allowing your erection to reach its full potential.

 

Will I experience side effects?

Most men are able to take Viagra safely without experiencing side effects. If you do experience side effects, they are likely to be short-lived and mild. Common side effects of sildenafil include:

  • Headache
  • Stuffy nose
  • Facial flushing
  • Indigestion

If side effects are bothering you, speak to your prescriber about trying a lower dose, or an alternative treatment.

If you experience serious side effects such as chest pain or an erection lasting for longer than 4 hours, you should seek urgent medical attention.

You should make your prescriber aware of medication that you are taking or any medical conditions that you have. Certain medical conditions and medication can interact with sildenafil, increasing the likelihood of experiencing side effects.

 

What is the best way to use Viagra?

Viagra (sildenafil) is most effective when taking certain factors into consideration. These include:

Timing: The best time to take Viagra is one hour before sexual activity. Taking Viagra sooner than this may mean that enough of the drug has not reached your bloodstream to make an impact. Taking Viagra more than 2 hours before you wish to have sex may also have an impact on the effectiveness of the drug, as it is likely to have passed the point at which the level of sildenafil (Viagra) peaks in your bloodstream.

Food: The best way to take Viagra is on an empty stomach, or a at least a few hours after you have eaten a meal. Foods, especially those that are high in fat or carbohydrate, can reduce the effectiveness of Viagra. You should try and consume a light meal before taking Viagra, to maximise its effectiveness.

It is important to note that grapefruit increases the chances of experiences side effects with Viagra and you should avoid grapefruit or grapefruit juice before consuming Viagra.

Alcohol: Taking Viagra with alcohol can increase your chances of experiencing side effects. Alcohol also limits your ability to achieve an erection and can reduce the chances of Viagra working. However, Viagra can be taken safely with a moderate amount of alcohol and may even help you to relax. You should limit your alcohol consumption to 1-2 units when taking Viagra.   

Mood: Viagra will only work when you are sexually aroused. Foreplay can help you to relax and get into the right frame of mind, to maximise the chances of Viagra working.

Medication: Certain medication such as antacids can reduce the effectiveness of sildenafil. You should avoid taking these drugs close to the time that you wish to use Viagra. If you are taking medication, you should make your doctor or pharmacist aware and they can advise you accordingly.

 

So, what should I expect when I take Viagra for the first time?

When taking Viagra for the first time, it is important to relax and get yourself into the right frame of mind. Remember, an erection doesn’t happen straight away, and you will need to be sexually aroused for Viagra to work. For best results, you should take one tablet around one hour before sexual activity on an empty stomach and avoid alcohol where possible.

If the tablets are successful but you’re experiencing side effects, you should speak to your prescriber about trying a lower dose.

And remember, if it doesn’t work the first few times, it’s not a big deal! It’s quite common and you should try taking sildenafil (Viagra) on 8 separate occasions, as it can take time for you to adjust and get used to the idea of taking a tablet to give you a boost. If you still have no success after 8 attempts, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist about increasing the dose or trying another treatment. There are many suitable alternatives such as tadalafil or vardenafil, that have high success rates.