How to make Viagra more effective

What Viagra is, how it works and making it work better for you

Viagra is the brand name of the medicine, sildenafil citrate, used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED), a common condition that affects men and intersex individuals of any age.  People with this condition are unable to reach or maintain an erection to take part in sexual activity.

 

If you take Viagra or any other prescription drug for ED, you'll want to do everything you can to make sure it's doing its job. Take a few minutes to learn how to get the most out of your medication and get your doctor’s advice whenever necessary.  It will pay off later in the bedroom.

 

Eat and drink smart when you take your pill

You can take Viagra with or without food and it has been suggested that the drug works best on an empty stomach.  However, before you decide whether to take Viagra with or without food, there are important things you should know.

First, sometimes eating a big meal right after you take Viagra or any ED medicine containing the active ingredient, sildenafil may not always be the best idea.  This is because a big meal in your stomach reduces the absorption of the drug in the body. Also, your gut is then focused on digesting food and blood flow is diverted away from the penis. 

Second, avoid a fat-heavy meal before taking Viagra.  If you couldn’t resist the temptation of a high-fat meal such as a steak dinner, it is recommended waiting for two hours after eating, to take ED medication such as Viagra. The fats in the meal can slow down your body’s digestive system and prevent the medication from being absorbed properly.

Third, Viagra may work best on an empty stomach, but bear in mind that sex consumes a lot of energy and therefore it is important to take extra care in making sure you don’t overburden yourself on an empty stomach during sex.

Fourth, with the above points in mind, eat lightly, to allow Viagra to be absorbed in the body and start working quicker, as well as enable you to sustain vital energy level during sex. 

Finally, when Viagra is taken orally by swallowing it with a drink of water, the body rapidly absorbs the medicine.  As for drinking alcohol, this increases the risk of a bad reaction and reduces testosterone levels. Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice can also affect how Viagra works in your body. Avoid consuming grapefruit products while taking the medicine because any grapefruit product may increase the level of the active ingredient in Viagra (sildenafil citrate) in your blood and so, increase the risk of Viagra side effects.

 

Check with your doctor to see if you need to increase your dose

Viagra is available in 3 doses of 25 milligram (mg), 50mg and 100mg.  It comes 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, while minimizing side effects. 

If the amount of Viagra you use now doesn't help you get an erection, you may need to take a higher dose.  But, don't do this on your own. Talk to your doctor to see if an increase in medication is the right thing for you.

 

Give it enough time to work

The tablet is taken orally once a day by swallowing it with a drink of water.  The best time to take Viagra is about 1 hour before sexual activity, but you can take the medication any time from 4 hours to 30 minutes before sexual activity.  So, there’s no need to rush.

This narrow time frame or window it takes Viagra to last in your body means that your medication needs to be timed with your sexual activity, which doesn’t always work as planned.  You should bear in mind that if that time frame is missed, no more Viagra can be taken for another 24 hours.  Viagra is almost completely eliminated from the body within 8 to 12 hours.

For more flexibility, you may consider using daily Cialis, which is effective for up to 24-36 hours.

 

Take it slow

The best time to take Viagra is about 1 hour before sexual activity, but you can take the medication any time from 4 hours to 30 minutes before sexual activity.  So, there’s no need to rush. Time is on your side. You can't take Viagra or other ED drug and expect to get an erection right away. The medication boosts the effects of a chemical your body makes called nitric oxide, which relaxes the muscles in your penis. That improves your blood flow and helps you get an erection.

But for the drugs to work, you need to be sexually aroused. So don't rush things. Take some time to get into the mood. Use all of your senses to get turned on.

 

Never mix ED drugs with nitrates

If you have a heart condition and take heart medicines called nitrates, don’t take ED drugs.  The combination can cause a dangerous drop in your blood pressure.

Viagra and nitrates both cause the muscles that control the size of blood vessels to relax. When these muscles relax, the vessels enlarge in diameter and, as a result, blood pressure drops. When Viagra and nitrates are taken together, the effects are greater than when either one is used alone. There may be a marked relaxation of the muscles that control the vessels with a great drop in blood pressure.  Lowering the blood pressure decreases the flow of blood to the heart and can hasten a heart attack.

To make sure you stay safe, talk to your doctor about all of the medications you take.

 

Make sure you take the right drug for you

Viagra comes 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, while minimizing side effects. 

 

If you’re not getting satisfaction with your current dose of Viagra, talk to your doctor to get the right treatment for you.  Your doctor may decrease or increase your dose, depending on the outcome of the evaluation of your condition, a variety of health and lifestyle factors.  Your doctor may also recommend trying other ED drugs to find the right one for you.

 

While ED drugs work in similar ways, they're each made up of different chemicals. This can affect how they work, how much time they take to kick in, and the different side effects that you may have.

Talk to your doctor about any health problems you have and other medications that you take. It will help your doctor find the ED drug that should work best for you.

 

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