The Dos and Don’ts of Taking Viagra


Taking Viagra, or Sildenafil, the generic version of Viagra, is thankfully very straightforward.

Take a pill about an hour before you commence the rocking of your partner’s world. Then proceed to get in the mood: hug, kiss, longingly stare into each other’s eyes, or engage in some good old-fashioned foreplay, and Sildenafil will start to work its magic within 30 to 60 minutes.

And by magic, we mean it will allow blood vessels to relax and expand, leading to increased blood flow into the penis, resulting in a stronger, longer-lasting erection.

Easy enough, right? Right. Still, it’s important to be mindful when it comes to sex, so we’re breaking down the Dos and Don’ts of taking Sildenafil, to ensure you and your erection have the best experience possible.

DOS

DO: Make sure that you’re in the mood

Sildenafil is only effective if you’re actually aroused. Don’t think that when you pop a pill your penis is going to flick out like a motorbike kickstand, whether you’re in the bedroom or the queue at the post office. 

Sildenafil only starts to work in the right situation, AKA when you’re turned on. And this is a good thing.

DO: Take Sildenafil up to an hour before sex

Sildenafil works best within 60 minutes of taking a pill. Maximum erection potential happens around the one hour mark. The naysayers may claim this kills spontaneity, but to that we say: read the next point!

P.S. We’d recommend abstaining from carb-loading before you’d like to get intimate with your partner. If you take Sildenafil with food, especially a high-fat meal, the onset of action may be considerably delayed.

DO: Live your best (sex) life for the next four hours

Sildenafil is effective for about four hours. That doesn’t mean a four hour erection, but the ability to help you achieve an erection (if you’re aroused) within this four hour period. So maximise your love making during this window, because you’ll soon find out four hours is a very big window indeed. Certainly big enough for some spontaneous lovemaking.

DONTS

DON’T: Drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit

On its own, grapefruit is good for you because it’s high in antioxidants and vitamin C. But when combined with Sildenafil, grapefruit and grapefruit juice is—you guessed it—bad for you!

Research has found that grapefruit alters the absorption of Viagra in the body due to a chemical contained in the fruit. The chemical—which scientists theorise is furanocoumarin—binds to an enzyme in the intestinal tract called CYP3A4.

When grapefruit juice binds to the enzyme, Sildenafil may pass from your gut into your bloodstream far too easily. This causes the amount of Sildenafil in the blood to reach higher levels than advised for safety.

DON’T: Take more than once daily

Don’t take Sildenafil more than once in a 24 hour period. Doing so can cause your blood pressure to drop to dangerously low levels. Only take your prescribed daily dose on the days you plan to have sex.
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DON’T: Take it with other drugs

First and foremost, always, always (please!) check in with a clinician if you’re not 100% sure you should be taking Sildenafil. Help is at hand through our website

Don’t take Sildenafil if you’re currently on medication for chest pain or heart problems. Like Sildenafil, these medications often contain nitrates, and combining both treatments can cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure. 

Lastly, don’t combine Sildenafil with cocaine, poppers, gallons of alcohol, relentless cig smoking, ‘legal highs’, or any of the other narcotics one might class as recreational drugs. Most of these substances do a real number on your heart, so stacking them with a nitrate-containing drug like Sildenafil is never a good idea. 

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