Last Updated on June 16, 2020 by Dr. Philip Schein MD

There is no shortage of info about ED pills around the Internet, however, the information is not always accurate. Anyway, there are several proven tips which can make your Viagra experience more pleasant and effective.

1. Take Viagra on an Empty Stomach (If You Need the Fastest Onset of Action)

It is known that heavy meals may significantly load the stomach and delay absorption of Viagra. So if you want to achieve the quickest effect, it is recommended to take the pill on an empty stomach (in fasted state).

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2. Live a Healthier Life – This Will Enhance Viagra Effectiveness

Certain lifestyle habits like smoking and heavy drinking can induce or aggravate erectile dysfunction. For example, alcohol can negatively affect the blood supply to the pelvic organs and also worsen the synthesis of endogenous testosterone in the body. In general, the level of consumption that does not harm the sexual health of men coincides with the general recommendations for drinking alcohol: no more than 1-2 drinks per day for men.

If you are taking Viagra, simple lifestyle changes like giving up smoking and limiting alcohol consumption (accompanied by sufficient amount of physical activity), would increase effect of the medication due to overall positive influence on potency.

3. Don’t Mix Viagra With Other ED Meds

Never take other erectile dysfunction drugs simultaneously with Viagra. Such a combination may theoretically boost the efficiency, but it is associated with the risk of side effects. Keep in mind that some other medications which are used for treating other diseases like Revatio (sildenafil-based) and Cialis (tadalafil-based) contain PDE5 inhibitors.

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4. Avoid Grapefruit When Taking Viagra

The substances contained in grapefruit, in combination with taking medications for erectile dysfunction, can cause serious harm to the body. This tropical fruit is often included in diets because of its low-calorie content and high fiber content, which cause a feeling of satiety.

Grapefruit juice contains furanocoumarins, substances that can affect the functioning of cytochrome P45. This enzyme controls the concentration of drugs and toxins in the blood. As a result, the active substances of some medicines, including sildenafil, can accumulate in the body in dangerous quantities.

5. Drink Alcohol Only in Moderation or Avoid It

Some couples may drink some alcohol before intimacy to get into mood. It is not desirable to use PDE5i in combination with ethyl alcohol. Viagra sometimes may be combined with alcohol in very moderate quantities, say, 1 glass of whiskey and / or another alcoholic refreshment. But don’t drink too much, alcoholism is associated with testosterone level reduction, and also can aggravate ED. Doctor’s consultation is advised.

6. Viagra May Be Used Regularly Without Problems

According to a 4-year multicenter study by American authors published in Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management journal, 2007, 94% of participants who had used sildenafil for a long time responded affirmatively when they were asked about successfulness of ED treatment and quality of sexual life according to a questionnaire called International Index of Erectile Function. So the medication doesn’t cause loss of tolerability and can be used for a long time (even for decades).

An article you might want to read: Viagra Dosage – Which One Should You Take?

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7. You May Use Generics Instead of Branded Version

Generic drugmakers spend less money on development, researching, testing (on animals and human volunteers), marketing and advertising, so they have a possibility to establish lower prices–hence generic drugs are offered with lower cost. Its producers just use ready-made formula of sildenafil but can alternate some auxiliary ingredients and drug form. Subsequently, such options as generic sildenafil or Viagra Professional may serve as perfect alternatives.

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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.

Board certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine Certification in Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Hematology Certification in Hematology
  • American Board of Medical Oncology Certification in Medical Oncology