Viagra And Alcohol: How Safe Is It

Mixing alcohol and medications is usually not advised as alcohol interactions may lead to several complications like liver damage, heart problems, internal bleeding, impaired breathing and depression.

As such there are no clinical studies to show that alcohol and Viagra interaction can cause problems; however, it is advisable to be aware of the potential risks of mixing alcohol and Viagra.

Among the many reasons, both alcohol and Viagra are known to cause dilation of blood vessels, which medical experts say could be harmful for the body. Dilated blood vessels could lead to low blood pressure and a rapid heart rate, also known as tachycardia.

It has already been proved by earlier research that alcohol has a negative effect on natural erections. Therefore, taking Viagra with alcohol would likely lead to decreased effectiveness of the medication.

Notable, manufacturers of Viagra do not warn of any trouble when Viagra is taken with alcohol. But Viagra and alcohol both have major side effects such as dizziness, headache and stomach upset and mixing both of them could worsen the condition two fold.

Alcohol in moderate amount acts as stimulant, maximizing all sensations thus aiding erections; but alcohol in high consumption is known to cause difficulty in maintaining erection.

This is because excessive alcohol acts as sedative, depressing the central nervous system,  loss of self-control, reduction in brain activity and a slow reaction time to situations. All this has direct bearing on erections as the brain needs constant stimulation and physical sensations to maintain erections.

Additionally, alcohol decreases frequency of erections, maintenance of erections as well as penile size during erections. Prolonged use may also lead to shrinkage of the sex glands and an increase in oestrogen, which in turn directly affects erections.

Hence, it is strongly advised to maintain precaution while using Viagra. It is advisable to tell one’s complete past medical history related to penis condition, heart problems, kidney or liver disease, history of strokes and low as well as high blood pressure to the doctor.

Also, the elderly are more prone to side effects of Viagra and hence are advised to use the drug with care.

Further, liver and kidneys work to remove medications from the body. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to decreased function of these two organs, in which case they may not remove Viagra from the blood stream and lead to its increased concentration in the blood, leading to several unsafe side effects.

Conclusively, there is no noted interaction between Viagra and alcohol under conditions of moderate consumption of alcohol. But a higher concentration may cause Viagra to reduce its effectiveness and cause some problems.