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What to Expect When Taking Viagra for the First Time

Viagra is the erectile dysfunction drug of choice for millions of men around the world. Here’s an overview of how the drug works its magic.

Since the late 1990s, Viagra has been the go-to drug for many men suffering from erectile dysfunction caused by insufficient blood flow to the penis. Despite its widespread use, however, men who are new to the medication may approach their first few doses of the drug with a bit of trepidation. After all, they don’t really know exactly what to expect.

To prepare themselves for their first Viagra use, men should familiarize themselves with how Viagra works. To improve blood flow to the penis enough to get a suitable erection, Viagra temporarily disables an enzyme known as phosphodiesterase-5. In men whose vascular function is already compromised, the PDE5 enzyme can impede blood flow by breaking down a substance called cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), which triggers the increased blood flow needed to facilitate and sustain an erection. For this reason, Viagra and the drugs like it are known collectively as PDE5 inhibitors.

Recommended Starting Dose

A 50-milligram tablet is the recommended starting dose for Viagra. In the unlikely event that it’s not enough to get the job done, you can ask your doctor to increase your dose to 100 milligrams. In any case, you should take the Viagra pill with a full glass of water to get it into your system as quickly as possible.

It typically takes 30 to 60 minutes before your blood levels of Viagra are sufficiently high enough for the drug to produce its desired results. Some men say they feel the effects of Viagra in as little as 15 minutes, but generally it will take a bit longer than that.

Although Viagra can be taken with or without food, according to Pfizer, bear in mind that a heavy, fat-laden meal can significantly delay the medication’s onset of action. It’s also wise to keep your alcohol intake to no more than a drink or two. Too much alcohol can make it difficult or even impossible to get an erection — with or without Viagra.

No Spontaneous Erections

Does Viagra produce a spontaneous erection? No, you’ll still have to get one the old-fashioned way. Intense feelings of sexual desire or your body’s response to physical stimulation of the genitals or other erogenous zone can usually get the process started.

Once the concentration of Viagra in your bloodstream reaches maximum strength, you will have roughly four hours to participate in sexual activity. For some men, Viagra’s duration of effect is a bit shorter, while others report that the pill works for them for up to five or six hours.

What about side effects? While you may experience none at all, the more common side effects of Viagra are back and muscle pain, dizziness, facial flushing, headache, nausea, runny or stuffy nose, and upset stomach. If they do occur, such side effects are generally mild and may disappear altogether after you’ve taken the drug a few times.

More Serious Side Effects

Although rare, a handful of more serious side effects have been associated with Viagra use. They include a sudden decrease or loss of hearing and/or vision and an erection that lasts for four hours or more. These are medical emergencies, and you should seek medical attention immediately if you experience one of these more serious side effects.

For millions of men with ED, Viagra has been the answer to a prayer. A few, however, have found themselves sensitive to its side effects or have been disappointed that the drug didn’t work as well as they’d hoped. In such cases, it’s probably best to talk to your doctor about switching to another PDE5 inhibitor.

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