If you’re reading this, I assume you’re either a) trying to find out how long it takes for Viagra to start working or b) are in the midst of a particularly disappointing sexual encounter with the blue pill(s) and are looking to spice it up a bit. Let’s face it, despite all the advances in pharmacology and medicinal chemistry, there’s still no real substitute for a good, old-fashioned pharmaceutical Viagra. So, if you’re reading this, I feel sure that your first question is ‘How long does it take for Viagra to work?’ and my answer is… Well, it depends.

How Long Does It Take For Viagra To Work?

It takes about an hour for Viagra to start working(as judged by an improvement in erectile function). However, if you have sexual intercourse right after taking the pill, you might not notice much improvement for up to four hours. The usual rule of thumb for medicinal products(and especially pharmaceuticals) is that the sooner you get off it the better. So if your goal is to get the most out of Viagra, have sex as soon as you can after taking it. Preferably, right away!

Of course, this is easier said than done. Nowadays, most men(especially in the West) suffer from some degree of sexual dysfunction. If you’re looking for a quick solution, you might be tempted to try an over-the-counter(OTC) drugstore variety which can have similar effects to Viagra but with much quicker results. But these products are often less safe and have additional side effects which your doctor(and perhaps you) might not be willing to accept. In most cases, they also won’t provide the sustained benefit that you get from Viagra.

Is Viagra Available Over The Counter?

Yes, Viagra(Sildenafil Citrate) is available OTC. However, as I’ve already mentioned, it has several side effects which your doctor might not be willing to accept if you’re not actually displaying any of the symptoms associated with poor erectile functionality. In most cases, OTC drugs are not subjected to the same clinical trials that pharmaceuticals are. So, in the same way that you wouldn’t give your kid an OTC drug to treat a fever when they’re really just suffering from a cold, you shouldn’t use an OTC drug to treat ED when your actual problem is low self-esteem. OTC drugs are either approved for symptomatic relief or as a sexual performance enhancer and don’t have any long-term clinical benefits. And you know what, in some cases they even contain dangerous compounds such as dimethyl nitrosamine which can cause cancer.

Does Viagra Have Long-Term Side Effects?

Although Sildenafil Citrate is highly effective in treating ED and has been around for more than a century, it has only recently become commonplace for doctors to prescribe it for prolonged use. But in the same way that you shouldn’t use OTC drugs to treat ED when your problem is low self-esteem, you also shouldn’t use Viagra for prolonged periods of time. This is especially important if you have certain medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease as well as if you’re taking any form of prescription drug. To quote the FDA: “Because erectile dysfunction is often a side effect of other medications, patients should not assume that it is safe to use Viagra if they are already taking something else for another condition.”

As I’ve already stated, Sildenafil Citrate is a powerful drug with a lot of potential. But as with any drug, there are times when it doesn’t work and other times when it unexpectedly has profound side effects. For example, although Viagra is highly effective in treating ED, it also causes severe vision problems in some patients. So if you’re one of the unlucky few, you might want to consider avoiding or reducing the dosage of the drug if you plan to continue using it. In most cases, this problem is easily fixed by reducing the dosage or changing the type of treatment to something different. But if it’s too late for that, then there’s really nothing else you can do aside from trying to find a way to live with it. Unfortunately, this is something none of us are willing to do because we’d all like to believe that our partner is ‘the one’.

What Type Of Men Should Avoid This Medicine?

Like any other drug, Viagra(Sildenafil Citrate) is not without its risks. For example, although it is generally well-tolerated by men, it has been known to cause liver damage in rare cases. So if you’re already taking something else which could potentially damage your liver(such as pain medication, aspirin, or anticoagulants), then you should probably avoid getting Viagra as well. The same goes for anyone with a history of severe kidney disease or who is already taking medication which could cause damage to this crucial organ. In rare cases, men with severely damaged livers or those who are already taking medication which affects the kidney have had to drop out of clinical trials because of the potential risk of liver damage or kidney damage. So, if you belong to this group, then it would be best to avoid all forms of medication which could damage these valuable organs. Thankfully, these kinds of risks are relatively rare. But just like any other drug, it’s still something to consider.

How Does Viagra Work On A Molecular Level?

Before we discuss the specifics of how Viagra works, it’s important to understand the basics of pharmacology. When a pharmaceutical manufacturer develops a new drug, they have to prove it works by conducting clinical trials and hundreds(if not thousands) of experiments in vitro(basic studies). This is because drug development is a complicated process and aside from discovering the chemical element which makes up the drug, nobody really knows for sure how it works at a molecular level.

Sildenafil Citrate is a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor which causes vasoconstriction(narrowing of the blood vessels) and increased blood flow to the penile corpus. This, in turn, causes erection and relaxation of the muscles which control the penis. So, in a very basic sense, Viagra works by increasing blood flow to the penile corpus and causing the erection of the penis. Now we’re getting somewhere. But before we leave the basics, it’s important to remember that not all penisenever get erectile dysfunction, and vice versa. This is why it’s so important to have a genetic test before you start taking drugs like Viagra which could alter your biochemistry and make you more susceptible to this disease. In other words, if you have a good fantastic sex life, you might not need drugs like Viagra because your organs could just handle it. This is something you should discuss with your doctor before you start taking these kinds of drugs.

What Are The Most Common Side Effects Of Viagra?

Aside from the more obvious sexual side effects(such as priapism and ED caused by medication for another medical condition or as a result of overuse), the most common side effects of Viagra(Sildenafil Citrate) are headaches, flushing(which can be dangerous in people with heart disease or diabetes), and stuffy or runny nose. These are all fairly common problems, especially among older adults who use the drug more and more as they get older. In most cases, they aren’t harmful and go away after you stop taking the drug. But in rare cases, they can be severe and even life-threatening. For example, in people with hypertension, headaches and flushing are both symptoms of a condition known as fluid retention which can cause serious damage to the kidneys and even death.

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