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Since every second male over 40 suffers from some degree of erectile dysfunction, Viagra is incredibly popular because it provides great results and also suitable for long-term administration (on regular or irregular basis). This brightly colored pill gained worldwide reputation when sanctioned, originally as a prescription drug in the 1990s. Instructions for its use are well-known, however, not every man knows how long before sex should he take Viagra to achieve the best results. This article analyzes the explanations to this and other closely linked queries.

When to Take Viagra?

The onset of action of Viagra is observed 30-60 minutes after taking the pill. So it is optimal to take the medication a half od an hour – an hour before expected sexual intercourse. Note that high-fat food may delay absorption rate of Viagra despite the fact that it doesn’t affect bioavailability (the percentage of active substance which is properly absorbed and processed by the organism). So if you’ve eaten heavy meal, time interval between the pill intake and intimacy should desirably be 60-90 mins.

A related topic: Viagra and Food Interactions: All You Should Know

How long does Viagra last? It endures for up to 6 hours, and provides the necessary action when a male is sexually aroused. So it doesn’t cause involuntary erection, unlike some preparations for intracavernous administration.

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What Should You Expect from Viagra Intake?

The main Viagra’s ingredient, sildenafil, inhibits the PDE-5 enzyme and increases the cyclic guanosine monophosphate level, which in turn leads to vasodilation, and, subsequently, sufficient erection. It’s effect is definitely scientifically proven, but some men (with intact erections) may feel placebo effect in the form of fuller and harder erections, while Viagra is not actually providing almost any action, because the sexual function is healthy. Healthcare professionals believe that guys whose erections are not impaired basically waste their money when using the medication for recreational purposes. The remedy just provides some psychological effect.

According to modernized learnings, orally administered Viagra might be helpful to treat premature ejaculation (if taken before intimacy). However, only some males may experience such an additional effect.

Recommended Frequency of Viagra Consumption

Theoretically, you can take Viagra every day (if you have sex on everyday basis). However, you should consume it only if you are planning to have sexual activity. Permanent intake without sufficient reasons is obviously not recommended, considering the possibility of side effects that might be caused by the famous blue pill.

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Can You Take Viagra with Cialis?

Generally, it is not recommended, and, moreover, it is prohibited by official guidelines issued by the manufacturer and evaluated by pharmaceutical regulators.

However, there are scientifically suggestions that once-a-day Cialis 5 mg combined with Viagra 50 mg as needed may ensure better results with the incidence of side effects comparable to intake of daily Cialis solely. Researchers H Cui, B Liu et al. (Andrologia, 2015) suggested that combined therapy can better improve erectile function, especially for males with severe degree of erectile dysfunction.

Note that these are just assumptions which are not adopted by pharmaceutical regulators. So don’t experiment with pills unless otherwise stated by your doctor.

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I’m an Oncologist and Hematology Specialist primary located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. I have over 55 years of experience in the medical field and more than 20 years of practice. I’m skilled at the treatment & diagnosis of a large array of ailments & diseases in adults.

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