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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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Viagra 101: A guide

If you’re looking for info on what medication to take to help with erectile dysfunction including what they do, how they work, and if they have any side effects, we’ve got you covered with all you need to know before you try anything.

What is Viagra?

OK, first things first. Viagra (active ingredient sildenafil) is a medication that’s used most often to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). It works by improving the flow of blood to the penis, making it easier for it to get and stay hard.

What does Viagra do?

Viagra works by relaxing a type of muscle tissue inside your body that causes your arteries and blood vessels to temporarily widen. This improves blood flow, including the blood flow to your penis, making it easier to get and stay erect.

What doesn’t Viagra do?

Viagra isn’t an aphrodisiac; it won’t get you in the mood or boost your sex drive. Neither will Viagra give you an automatic erection, you have to feel desire for sex, and then Viagra helps turn this desire into an erection.

Despite what you may have heard, there’s no good evidence that Viagra improves your sexual performance, and it won’t make your penis bigger.

Does Viagra work?

This depends on why you’re taking Viagra. If you’re a man, and you have erectile dysfunction then it usually works.

Everyone reacts differently to medication and no treatment has a 100% success rate, but research shows that Viagra is the most effective ED medication. As we said above, if you’re taking Viagra to boost your sex drive, improve your sexual performance, or make your penis bigger, then no, these are false claims about Viagra and other ED meds.

How to take Viagra?

You should always take Viagra in the way and in the dose detailed by our doctors who have prescribed it to you. These tips can help though:

Step 1 - Take the Viagra: Viagra is usually swallowed as a pill. Always take as directed by our doctors. Viagra typically takes between 30 to 60 minutes to work, so take it around one hour before you plan to have sex.

Step 2 - Get in the mood: Viagra won’t automatically give you an erection. You need to be aroused and sexually stimulated, and then Viagra makes it easier for you to get erect. Do what you need to do to get in the mood.

Step 3 - Take your time: Don’t rush. Everyone reacts differently to Viagra, and it might take longer than 30 mins to take effect. Don’t worry though, the effects of Viagra can last up to 4 hours, so you’ve got plenty of time.

Step 4 – Enjoy yourself but stay safe: Viagra is a well-studied and approved medication, but it can have side effects. Stop having sex if you feel unwell, and seek medical attention if you have chest pain, swelling of the face and throat that feels like an allergic reaction, or any other symptom you’re concerned about.

Other common questions about Viagra

How long does Viagra take to work?

This varies by person, but Viagra usually starts to work from 30 to 60 minutes after it’s taken. You can take Viagra with food, but if you take it with a heavy meal it can take longer to work.

How long does Viagra last?

Again, this varies by person and by dose, but the effects of Viagra typically last for between two to three hours. You may be able to get more than one erection in this period, but this varies from man to man.

What are the side effects of Viagra?

The most common side effects of Viagra are relatively mild and short lasting, and include things like headaches, feeling sick, and dizziness.

Other less common Viagra side effects include vomiting, a racing heartbeat, vertigo, and visual disturbances like seeing colours. Rare side effects can include seizures, heart attacks, and strokes but these are uncommon, affecting around 1 in every 1,000 people who take the medication. If you’re worried about the side effects of Viagra, talk to your doctor or prescribing healthcare professional.

Where can I buy Viagra?

FROM MARS is a registered UK pharmacy, so you can buy Viagra or sildenafil right here. Simply start an online consultation and our doctors will assess your needs. If approved, you will receive your prescription plan in two hours. 

Buying Viagra without a prescription in the UK is illegal, so you shouldn’t buy it from a friend, a drug dealer, or through a website that doesn’t ask for a prescription. You can’t trust these sources, and they may even sell you fake medication which could be dangerous.

How much Viagra should I take the first time?

Our doctors will determine the correct dose to take based on your situation and your medical history. Always take Viagra, or any other medication, as advised by our doctors. If you feel your dose isn’t right after the first time, speak to us.

Like any medication, they can have side effects, but these are usually minor and short lasting. If you want to try Viagra, make sure you get a prescription and buy it from a reputable source.