Viagra has built up a name over time as being the miracle pill that can boost sexual satisfaction. However, how much of the drug's reputation is actually based on fact? In this blog we answer all the questions you may have about this infamous erectile dysfunction medication.

How does the it work?
Viagra opens up the arteries and increases the blood flow to heart, it was designed as an anti-angina medication. Whilst researchers were testing the drug, they found that the medication increased blood flow to other parts of the body, the most notable being the penis. This increase of blood flow is what allows a man to sustain an erection when he is sexually aroused or stimulated.

Is Viagra the only pill you can take to treat ED?
Not at all, as well as Viagra, there is also Cialis, Levitra and Spedra, all of which are presciption-only medications.

How do the medications differ?
The medications differ in their effects. Viagra and Levitra tend to take 60 minutes to work and then last for up to eight hours. Whereas, Cialis usually takes around 30 minutes to work and can last up to 36 hours. Spedra is also fast acting and only takes 15 minutes to work, the effects last up to 5 hours. This is why it is advised that only one pill is taken in any 24-hour period

How can it be ensured that the medication is as effective as possible?
To allow for maximum efficacy, it is advised that before taking the prescription medication you should avoid heavy meals and alcohol

What happens if I take the pill and then don't have sex?
Well, nothing. As the pills need sexual stimulation for them to work properly. If they are not 'activated', they will not cause an erection.

Is Viagra still used to treat heart disease?
Viagra is safe to use for people with angina but it cannot be used for both sexual stimulation and angina, as a decrease in sexual activity is advised, especially if the cardiovasular disease is servere.

Does the pill have an effect on women?
At the moment it is not advised for women to take Viagra, as there are no firm results to show a positive effect on women.

What are the side effects?
Stuffy nose, hot flushes, headaches, muscle pain, nausea are some of the most common side effects of taking Viagra.

It didn't work for me, what other ED treatments are available?
If the pills don't work then the other options are a cream (Vitaros), little pellets (Muse) or injections (Caverject or Viridal). The options may sound less appealing but they work just as effectively.

Will taking a ED medication make me want to have more sex?
The confidence you gain from taking Viagra may improve your sex drive but the ED medication will not directly improve your sex drive

If you take the medication and don't suffer from ED, what effect will it have?
If you do not suffer from ED but choose to repeatedly take the medication then you may become dependent on it and this may cause ED.

Talk to one of our online doctors today to see which ED medication is the best option for you or have a look at our Erectile Dysfuntion selection.