So you’re headed to the pharmacists to pick up your prescription for Viagra Connect, and you run into a curious problem. Not only has the medication been flagged as ‘no longer available’, but the pharmacist informs you that the prescription is actually no longer valid. Huh? You’re staring at a bottle of medicine that you’ve purchased and paid for in full expecting to use it as soon as you leave the store. What gives? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll answer all your questions about the medication and how to use it safely.

What Is It And Why Is It Being Discontinued?

We know, for a fact, that the FDA has approved Viagra Connect to treat erectile dysfunction, so it’s no wonder that it’s been a popular choice for those who’ve sought treatment for this condition. Especially since it combines the effectiveness of Viagra with that of its fellow Sildenafil Active ingredient (viagra’s ‘sibling’ compound). In fact, back in 2019, the drug was approved for use in Canada after initially earning FDA approval in 2018.

Viagra, as most of you probably know, is a medication that treats erectile dysfunction and has been around for quite some time, having first been approved for sale in the United States in 1998. Sildenafil is a similar medication that also treats erectile dysfunction and has been around since 2011. By combining the two active ingredients into one pill (Viagra Connect), the makers of this medication have created a product that’s both effective and safe for use by those who’ve been diagnosed with ED. Or for those who’re just looking for a risk-free way to treat the occasional ED attack.

How Long Does It Take For Viagra Connect To Work?

According to the clinical trials, the average user will see positive results within 30 to 45 minutes of taking the pill. Or, if taken on an empty stomach, the effects will be felt much sooner, sometimes in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. This makes Viagra Connect a quick and easy way to address erectile dysfunction, even if you’ve got some time to kill before your next appointment, or if you’re in a bit of a hurry. As your erectile dysfunction problem is already solved, there’s no need to worry about overdose or interaction with other medications.

Is It Safe To Take Viagra Connect If I’m Already On A Pump Or Pill Box?

Yes, as long as you’ve verified that the tablet is still in its original packaging and is not damaged, there shouldn’t be any risks associated with taking Viagra Connect while on other medications. In fact, your doctor probably already recommends that you take this medication on an empty stomach, to avoid any interactions with other drugs that you may be taking.

What Is The Difference In Effect Between Viagra And Viagra Connect?

As we’ve established, Viagra Connect is a combination of Viagra and Sildenafil, and it was designed to be taken at the same time as the drugs it combines. This is important because, while both medications can be used to treat erectile dysfunction, they do so via different mechanisms of action. Viagra is an oral medication that directly stimulates the enzyme that’s responsible for producing nitric oxide, a substance that causes blood vessels in your penis to open up and allow blood to fill the organ. Sildenafil is a medication that directly inhibits the enzyme phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) which is responsible for breaking down cGMP, therefore increasing the levels of cGMP in your body. The net effect of all this is that the blood vessels in your penis will stay engorged for much longer than usual, allowing you to achieve a better and longer erection.

Are There Any Known Complications With Viagra Connect?

It’s well-established that both Sildenafil and Viagra can cause some side effects, the most common of which are headaches and stomach problems. However, these side effects are usually minor and can be treated effectively with over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol and Pepto Bismal. The combination of Viagra and Sildenafil is also known to cause an increased incidence of hives and skin reactions in some people, but these are also relatively harmless and can be treated with antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Lopressor, Dimetapp) if necessary.

Should I Avoid Taking This Or That?

There are some medications, foods, and activities that you should avoid while taking Viagra Connect, and it’s a good idea to learn about them beforehand. For instance, you should never take this medication if you’re allergic to Sildenafil or any of the ingredients involved in its manufacture, or if you’re taking nitrates (eg, amyl nitrate, butyl nitrate, nicotinic acid, or nicotinamide) because these medications will cancel out the effect of Viagra Connect. You should also exercise caution around food stuffs with high levels of histamines (eg, chocolate, red wine, and tomatoes), as well as avoid taking this medication if you’re pregnant or nursing a baby. Finally, you should avoid taking this medication if you’re taking medications that contain cimetidine (eg, Tagament) or ranitidine (eg, Zantac, Prilosec, or Nexium) because these medications will cancel out the effect of Viagra Connect, too.

As you can see, there are numerous things that you need to avoid while taking this medication. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to treat erectile dysfunction, then Viagra Connect is certainly worth a try, as long as you can remain vigilant about avoiding the things listed above. Of course, if you’re already taking these medications or have allergies to medications or foods, then it may be a good idea to try a different treatment option. After all, even the manufacturers of Viagra Connect admit that its effect can be seen in as little as 30 to 45 minutes, so there’s no point in delaying the inevitable.

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