How Long Before Sex Should You Take Viagra

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Viagra is both a widely discussed and controversial pharmaceutical drug men have been using for years now to treat their erectile dysfunction. Not only are doctors prescribing Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), but lately, they’ve been prescribing it to help with pulmonary hypertension and various other conditions, Harvard Men’s Health Watch reports in its August 2007 issue.

The drug relaxes the muscles in your blood vessel walls in specific body areas. Often, it works so well, many people’s lives have been changed for the better.

Health Uses of Viagra

Some conditions it’s been used to successfully treat include:

  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED):  Viagra treats ED successfully by increasing the blood flow in a man’s penis, allowing him to obtain an erection and keep it long enough for him to have sex. Results can be different for everyone, however, it’s been shown effective in all degrees of ED in men. It typically takes around 30 to 60 minutes to begin working and you only take the drug if and when you need it.
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: This condition is high blood pressure in the lungs. Viagra is now being advertised as “Revatio” to treat this serious, but uncommon disorder.
  • Mountain Sickness: Viagra decreases pulmonary artery pressure at high altitudes and enhances your ability to work out in low oxygen conditions.
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon: Exposure to the cold can trigger spasms in some people’s small arteries which supply blood to their toes, fingers or both, causing them to become cold, painful and pale. Clinical trials have shown Viagra helpful for this.
  • Heart Disease:  Viagra may help patients with diastolic dysfunction or congestive heart failure, according to some studies.

How Long Before Sex Should You Take Viagra

You have to be sexually stimulated for Viagra to work. The recommended dosage for most patients is 50 mg you take around an hour before you become sexually active.

However, you can take the drug as early as 30 minutes to four hours before you get sexually active. You may take Viagra with or without food — but only once a day.

The dose may be increased to 100 mg or reduced to 25 mg, depending on tolerance and effectiveness.

Typically, your erection doesn’t last longer than four hours, but if it does, you should receive medical help to prevent long-term injury.

Doctors to See to Get a Prescription for Viagra

Your first stop for erectile dysfunction (or another condition) is your primary doctor. They’ll give you a thorough exam and refer you to another specialist if needed.

Urologist

A urologist specializes in reproductive and urinary health. They diagnose any reproductive system abnormalities. Your doctor will likely refer you to this type of specialist if you have ED symptoms, but don’t have another medical condition like:

  • High blood pressure

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Anxiety

Endocrinologist

This professional specializes in hormones. They’ll perform blood work to determine if your hormone levels are normal or abnormal. Low testosterone levels could contribute to or cause ED as could high prolactin levels, andropause or irregular thyroid hormones.

Mental Health Specialist

Your physician may refer you to a mental health specialist if you’re experiencing certain symptoms along with your symptoms of ED such as:

  • Schizophrenia symptoms

  • Depression symptoms

  • Anxiety symptoms

  • An eating disorder

  • High levels of fatigue or stress

  • Insomnia

  • Relationship issues caused by communication or stress issues

  • Uncontrollable worry

  • Performance anxiety (worrying about not obtaining an erection)

A mental health specialist will determine if your ED is caused by any psychological problems. They’ll work with you closely to help you through any psychological problems during your ED treatment.

Obtaining a Viagra prescription begins with consulting with your doctor about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Viagra isn’t right for everybody, but if your physician believes it’s right for you, they’ll write you out a prescription to see if it helps.

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