How to find the right Viagra dose

The active ingredient, how it works and link with other brand name; available doses and their management

Viagra is the brand name for a formulation of the active ingredient, sildenafil citrate developed by Pfizer Inc, for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED).  A different formulation of sildenafil citrate is used to treat high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and right side of the heart, called pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), under Pfizer’s other brand name, Revatio.

 

Viagra and other ED medications all work the same way: by blocking the enzyme (smallest protein particle that significantly speed up the rate of chemical reactions that take place within cells in the body) that controls blood flow to the soft tissue of the penis. This increases blood flow to the penis and maintain erections during sexual stimulation.  

 

Men who use Viagra and other ED drugs typically find that their erections are harder and last longer than without medication. This can result in improved sexual performance and for many men, greater sexual enjoyment.

 

However, despite its popularity and effectiveness in treating ED when taken properly, Viagra comes with serious risks, side effects and problems concerning interactions with other drugs.  So, it’s important to get the right dose for your needs and body.

 

Viagra is available in three doses: 

  • 25milligram (mg) 
  • 50mg 
  • 100mg  

50mg and 100mg doses also come in single packs and have the same prescription coverage as Viagra pills you get in a bottle.  Viagra is available in different doses because the goal of ED medication is to find the least amount of medication that still gets positive result in “a satisfactory erection”.  The goal is not to find the highest dose of Viagra you can handle, but to find a dose that is safe and effective. 

 

For most men, the recommended dose is 50mg.  Based on effectiveness and toleration, the dose may be increased to a maximum recommended dose of 100mg or decreased to 25mg.  The maximum recommended dosing frequency is once per day.

 

However, the right starting dose of Viagra can vary depending on a variety of health and lifestyle factors, such as:

  • age
  • health of the circulatory system, which comprises the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular)
  • pre-existing conditions and
  • how often you use the medication 

Every man  who uses ED medication has different needs.  Expectations for ED drugs vary as well as tolerance for the medication.  For some men, 25 mg of Viagra is all they need to have a great sexual experience.  Others have to take the maximum dose (100 mg) to achieve the same result. 

 

It is important to work with your doctor to find the right Viagra dose, based on your expectations, medical history symptoms and any side effects.  It may be useful to know that outside the US, you don’t need a doctor’s prescription for Viagra. In the UK, Viagra is available over the counter from the local pharmacy or registered online pharmacies without a prescription, under the name, Viagra Connect.  So, if you’re traveling to or in the UK, talking to a local pharmacist is a good way to finding the right Viagra dose for you.   

 

Above all, be honest about your medical history and always follow the instructions of your doctor (or pharmacist, if in the UK). Don’t change your dose without talking to the right healthcare practitioner, bearing in mind that more Viagra doesn’t always mean a stronger erection. In fact, higher doses often come with more frequent side effects.
 

References

  1. VIAGRA, Finding the right dose [website] 2018, https://www.viagra.com/taking/finding-the-right-dose, [accessed September 28, 2019).
  2. hims, Is Viagra Dependency a Thing? [website] 2019, https://www.forhims.com/blog/is-viagra-dependency-a-thing, [accessed September 27, 2019).
  3. RehabCenter, Can I Become Addicted To Viagra Or Cialis? [website] 2019, https://www.rehabcenter.net/can-i-become-addicted-to-viagra-or-cialis/, [accessed September 27, 2019).
  4. MEL Magazine, CAN YOU GET HOOKED ON VIAGRA? [website] 2019, https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/can-you-get-hooked-on-viagra, [accessed September 27, 2019). 

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