Viagra FAQs – Common Questions About Viagra

1. What is Viagra?

Viagra is a clinically proven medication for treating erectile dysfunction. The active ingredient of Viagra is sildenafil citrate. Viagra helps men suffering from erectile dysfunction to achieve and maintain an erection when they are sexually aroused.

2. How does Viagra work?

Viagra works by inhibiting the enzyme PDE-5, which is responsible for making the penis go flaccid. It also encourages an increased blood flow towards the penis, making it easier to achieve and sustain an erection.

3. How is Viagra taken?

Viagra can be taken with or without food, although it works better if taken on an empty stomach. Your doctor will suggest to you the most suitable dose. Generally Viagra should be taken orally once a day and before you engage in sexual intercourse.

4. How long does Viagra take to be effective?

Viagra takes around 30 to 60 minutes to become effective. However, its effectiveness is somewhat reduced if it is taken with a high fat meal.

5. Does Viagra have any side effects?

Like all prescription medications, Viagra can cause side effects in some men. Some common side effects include facial flushing, headaches, dizziness, abdominal pains, urinary tract infection, blurred vision, and diarrhoea.

6. Can Viagra be used with other treatments for erectile dysfunction?

There is a high chance that serious side effects will develop if Viagra is taken in combination with other treatments for erectile dysfunction. Therefore, it is advised not to combine Viagra with other erectile dysfunction treatment.

7. Is Viagra for everyone?

Viagra should not be taken by men who are below 18 years of age. Viagra should also not be taken by men who take nitrate-based medicines. If you are unsure about the ingredients of your medication then it is recommended that you ask your doctor or health care provider.

8. What is the right dose of Viagra to be taken?

Viagra is available in the dosage strengths of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg doses. It is usually advised to start with the lowest dosage. You need to consult your health care provider about the most suitable dosage strength for you.

9. Can Viagra enhance my libido as well?

Viagra only helps you to achieve an erection during sexual intercourse. Viagra will not work until you are sexually aroused. Viagra is not an aphrodisiac and does not enhance your libido. It is important to also remember that Viagra does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STIs), therefore barrier contraceptives should be used during any form of sexual activity.

10. What should be done if there is Viagra overdose?

In case of a Viagra overdose call your doctor immediately. Some of the common symptoms, which may occur due to a suspected Viagra overdose include dizziness, rapid and irregular heartbeats, chest pain, and swelling of the legs.