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Is it Safe to Take Viagra Daily?

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction, which is described as trouble or the inability to keep an erection firm enough for sex, can be an embarrassing problem for a man. It is not uncommon for men to occasionally have difficulty maintaining an erection, but when it happens frequently, this demonstrates a medical problem. According to the Urology Care Foundation, it is actually a very common sex problem and affects as many as 30 million men.  There can be many causes of erectile dysfunction, including a serious illness, certain medications, or even stress. The good news is that the disorder is treatable. Viagra is commonly prescribed to combat erectile dysfunction, and for most men, it is safe to take daily.

How Does Viagra Work

When a man becomes sexually aroused, nerves release chemicals, and there is an increase of blood flow to the penis.  Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction experience limited or no blood flow to the penis even when sexually aroused. Viagra corrects this problem by increasing the blood flow to the penis, which provides a hard erection that is ready for sex. Viagra only works following sexual stimulation and should be taken at least 30 to 60 minutes before any planned sexual activity. It typically takes about this long to work but can be taken up to four hours before any sexual activity. After sex, the erection should go away on its own.

Viagra should only be prescribed by a licensed medical doctor. Though it has been very successful in treating patients with erectile dysfunction, each person is different, and dosage amounts can differ. Viagra typically comes in 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg dosages. The recommended dosage for most is 50mg, but depending on how well it works it may be necessary to increase or even decrease the dosage amount.  There has been much debate about how often to take Viagra, but it can be taken daily. However, this can depend on what other medicines or health problems the patient has as well as how sexually active they are. Regardless of these outside factors, the maximum recommended dosage is once per day. There has been some research that has shown that men with erectile dysfunction who take Viagra every night regardless of if they are engaging in sexual activity did experience a return to normal erections. It is important to note that this is not the case for every patient, and results do vary. 

Safety Precautions and Side Effects

There are some safety precautions to follow when taking Viagra.  It is critical that patients let their doctor know about any medications prescription or non-prescription, vitamins, or any other supplements they may be taking. Patients currently taking any nitrate drug should not take Viagra. Nitrates are commonly prescribed for chest pains or heart problems, and taking Viagra while on them can cause the blood pressure to drop to a dangerously low level.  Viagra is not recommended for people suffering from certain health conditions, and those who fall in this group do have other erectile dysfunction treatment options. 

Viagra may interact with other medications, and also other medicines can affect the effectiveness of Viagra or even cause side effects. In addition to nitrates, alpha-blockers, antibiotics, antidepressants, antifungal medications, blood thinners, HIV medications, and Hepatitis medications are common medications that can have an adverse reaction with Viagra. Never take in conjunction with any other erectile dysfunction medications. People should immediately report any side effects to their doctor. Serious side effects include an erection that won’t go away, sudden vision loss in one or both eyes, and a sudden decrease in hearing or hearing loss. Other common side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Flushing
  • Upset stomach
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Back or muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • rash

A Few Helpful Tips

A doctor will prescribe the correct dosage of Viagra; however, there are a few tips that the patient can follow to help it work better. Viagra does not magically cause an erection. The person must be sexually aroused to reap the benefits. As mentioned earlier, Viagra typically takes 30 to 60 minutes to kick in so make sure to take it in enough time so that there is no rush.  It is okay to take Viagra with or without food, but taking it after a heavy or high-fat meal may cause it to take longer to kick in. Erectile dysfunction can be due to certain medical conditions, but certain lifestyle and psychological factors can also play a role. Smoking, drinking, and stress can all affect blood circulation to the penis. Staying active, drinking less alcohol, quitting smoking and weight management can all help improve circulation which helps with erectile dysfunction.

Taking Viagra daily is safe for erectile dysfunction patients, but as with any the prescription medication, it should always be prescribed to a patient by a medical doctor. A medical doctor can help determine precisely what the root cause of the erectile dysfunction problem and recommend the best treatment.  There are lots of counterfeit Viagra and other types of supplements on the market, but most of these have not been tested, so there is no way of knowing if they work and how they will affect the person.