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DR. AYSHA BUTT

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Dr. Aysha Butt is the Medical Director of FROM MARS, and is a GP Partner at Woodcote NHS Medical Practice.

GMC NUMBER: 6164178

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How long does Viagra last?

Everyone knows about Viagra. You pop a little blue pill, you get hard, and you can go all night. Right?

That’s not exactly it.

Unfortunately, there are some misconceptions around Viagra and how it works. So, let’s get to it. Here we’ll explain how long Viagra lasts, what impacts its effectiveness, and we’ll even answer some other frequently asked questions about Viagra.

How long does Viagra last for?

For most men with erectile dysfunction (ED), the effects of Viagra last for up to five hours.

This doesn’t mean you’ll have an erection for five hours though, that would be bad for your health. Viagra doesn’t make your erections last longer, but it should make it easier for you to get an erection in this five-hour period (if you have erectile dysfunction). You may even be able to get more than one erection in this time.

But remember, this is an average. How long Viagra lasts for you can depend on a range of factors like the dose you take and how you respond to the meds. We’ll look at some of these factors in more detail:

What can affect how long Viagra lasts for?

How long Viagra lasts will vary between men, and it will even vary for the same man on different occasions. It can be affected by:

How long does it take for Viagra to work?

On average, Viagra takes between 30 to 60 minutes to start working. It can take up to two hours for some men though, and even longer for others.

Viagra won’t give you an automatic erection after you take it. You need to be in the mood for sex, and you’ll probably need to be stimulated. Viagra just makes it easier for you to get an erection.

Again though, this time frame is an average. This will vary by man. It’s important to note that the above-mentioned factors that alter how long Viagra lasts can also change how quickly it works.

How can you make Viagra last for longer?

It’s not a good idea to try and alter how prescription drugs work.

Viagra is a safe medication for most people, but it can have side effects. Trying to prolong how long Viagra works for may increase your risk of side effects, including some of the more serious ones.

You should take Viagra exactly as the prescribing doctor directed you to. If you feel it’s not working long enough as you’d like, you can discuss changing your dose with a doctor. Never change your dose yourself, say by taking more than one pill. Talk to a doctor first.

How long do other ED medications last?

We’ve focussed on Viagra here, but other ED medications are also available, like Cialis and Levitra.

Levitra is similar to Viagra, in that it takes around 30 minutes to work, and lasts on average for up to five hours.

Cialis is a little different. A single-dose Cialis pill takes longer to work, around two hours, but lasts much longer up to 36 hours. You can also take a low-strength daily Cialis pill that lasts all day.

ED medication FAQs

Does Viagra make you last longer?

No. There’s no evidence that Viagra can make your erections last longer. Viagra is an ED medication that helps you get an erection if you have ED. Viagra can reduce the time it takes you to get an erection again (your refractory period), and you may be able to get more than one erection after taking Viagra. It won’t otherwise improve your sexual performance, however.

How should I take Viagra for best results?

For best results, take your Viagra between 30 minutes and four hours before you plan to have sex. Don’t take it with alcohol, as alcohol can make it harder to get an erection. You can take Viagra with food, but if you eat a large, high-fat meal, it can take longer to work. After you’ve taken Viagra, you need to get sexually stimulated for it to work. Do whatever you need to do to make that happen.

How much Viagra should I take the first time?

You should take the exact dose you were prescribed. The typical starting dose for Viagra is one 50 mg pill, but you may be prescribed more (100 mg) or less (25 mg) than this. Never take more Viagra than you were prescribed.

How long does Levitra last?

Levitra has similar timings to Viagra. Levitra takes around 30 minutes to work and can last up to five hours. Remember, these are average times, and they will vary by man.

How long does Cialis last?

If you take a single-use Cialis pill, it can take around two hours to work and can last up to 36 hours. You can also take a low-strength daily Cialis pill that lasts around 24 hours.

Order an ED medication FROM MARS

If you have ED and you’re interested in trying an ED medication, you can order them directly FROM MARS. You can order:

Start your online consultation and enter your medical history and symptoms. If approved, you’ll receive a treatment plan from our doctors within two hours. Your medication will be shipped for free to your door the next day.