What is erectile dysfunction?

If you don’t know what erectile dysfunction (ED) is, it is the inability to produce and maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse, and the condition itself effects millions of men worldwide.  Thankfully there are a number of treatments available to help treat ED. Sildenafil, also sold under the brand name Viagra, is the most popular and widely prescribed treatment for adult men suffering from erectile dysfunction. However, many men are often worried about how fast Sildenafil tablets work, and what can stop the medication from being effective for them?

How fast does sildenafil work?

For the majority of men, Sildenafil tablets take between 30-60 minutes to begin taking effect. This means for optimal results to be achieved, Sildenafil tablets should be taken at least one hour before you intend to have sex or engage in sexual activity. However, other factors can also influence how quickly sildenafil tablets begin to take effect. For instance dietary choices, chronic health conditions (such as diabetes), and concurrent use of other medication can all have a strong impact on how quickly sildenafil will begin working in the body.

Drinking Alcohol – If you consume more than 1-2 units of alcohol prior to using sildenafil tablets, the medication will be less effective. Additionally, excessive alcohol consumption can negative impact your ability to produce and/or maintain an erection regardless of whether you have suffered from erectile dysfunction in the past. It is therefore important to try to limit any alcohol consumption prior to any anticipated sexual activity. For optimal results, do not drink any alcohol before using sildenafil tablets.

Food – When eating a moderate to heavy meal before taking sildenafil tablets, it’s harder for the medication to be absorbed into the blood meaning it will work slower. So if you wish to achieve optimal results with sildenafil we advise taking the medication on an empty stomach, or at least 2 hours after having a meal.

Sexual stimulation – Many people mistakenly assume that sildenafil works to instantly produce an erection, however this is not true. Sildenafil tablets work to treat erectile dysfunction by widening blood vessels within the penis, resulting in an increase in blood flow to the penile tissue.  When sexual stimulation is then encountered during arousal, the physiological effects of sildenafil allow for a strong erection to be achieved.

The effects of sildenafil tablets last for between 4-6 hours. It is important to remember that sildenafil should not be taken more than once in any 24 hour period. This means if you take a dose of sildenafil and you do not achieve the desired results within 1-2 hours following sexual stimulation, you should not take another tablet. You should also avoid taking any other medication to treat erectile dysfunction alongside sildenafil tablets, this includes external creams.

How long do Sildenafil tablets last?

The effects of sildenafil tablets can last for up to 6 hours after taking a dose, however for the majority of men, you should expect the effects of the medication to wear off within 4 hours. How long the effects of Sildenafil tablets will last also depends on the other factors:

Lifestyle & Health – As mentioned before, excessive consumption of alcohol will negatively effect your ability to produce and maintain an erection. This is because drinking alcohol decreases blood flow to the penis, thereby counteracting the effects of sildenafil. Although 1-2 units of alcohol is generally OK, we advise patients suffering from ED to avoid drinking alcohol prior to taking sildenafil, as it will increase the risk of negative effects. Smoking can negatively impact the body’s ability to produce an erection, and smoking whilst using sildenafil may result in the effects of the medication wearing off sooner than desired.

Food – Consuming a moderate to heavy meal, especially one high in fats, can increase the time taken for sildenafil to work but also reduce its duration of action.

Physical Age – as we age our body’s ability to metabolize and excrete drugs is naturally reduced. This is because our liver and kidneys become less efficient with time. As a result, older men using sildenafil tablets may find that the medication remains in their blood stream at therapeutic levels for a longer period, meaning it’s desired effects can actually last longer.

Dosage – Sildenafil tablets come in 3 different strengths, 25mg, 50mg & 100mg. A higher dose of the drug will result in greater therapeutic levels of sildenafil in the blood.  Therefore a higher dose often allows for more effective and long-lasting positive effects. As with all medication however, it is important to consult your GP about which dosage is best for you. Alternatively you can speak to one of our expert Pharmacists at Smart Chemist.

What are the side effects of Sildenafil tablets?

As with any medication, it’s important to be aware of any potential side effects. Sildenafil tablets have been used by millions of men worldwide for over 20 years and safe and effective solution for treating erectile dysfunction. However, a percentage of men taking sildenafil may experience side effects. These include:

Headaches, Flushing, Indigestion, Dizziness, Nausea

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction and are looking for a safe and effective treatment, you can buy sildenafil tablets online at Smart Chemist from just £9.99. To buy sildenafil tablets, or for more information regarding any potential side effects, visit our website by clicking here.

Key notes:

a) For the majority of men the positive effects of sildenafil take effect within 30-60 minutes of taking a tablet.
b) Lifestyle factors such as diet, smoking, and alcohol consumption can all have an impact on erectile dysfunction but also how quickly sildenafil tablets take effect.
c) Eating a hevay meal or drinking alcohol prior to taking your sildenafil tablet can also reduce the speed at which it begins to work.