Viagra: What to Expect the First Time
Having erectile dysfunction is stressful enough without having to worry about how you will be affected by a particular treatment. One of the most popular treatments is Viagra. Understanding how this drug works will help you know what is typical as well as what you should be concerned about the first time you use the drug.
Before Sexual Activity
It is important you take this medication in a way that maximizes effectiveness. This requires you to take the appropriate dosage at the right time. Doses are available in 25 mg, 50 mg, or 100 mg. You doctor may start you off with a lower dose to make sure you do not experience any side effects. You should plan to take the drug approximately one hour prior to engaging in sexual intercourse. The effects of Viagra usually last for about four hours so you have some room for spontaneity. Although you can take this medication with or without food, it is recommended that you actually avoid food and simply take it with water for maximum results.
During Sexual Intercourse
You will need to be sexually stimulated to achieve an erection. With this medication, it should be easier for you to get an erection that is hard and lasts long enough to complete sexual intercourse. Most men report being able to maintain an erection for a longer period of time than they were able to keep before they started using this drug. And some men can achieve two erections within the four hour time frame of this drug's effectiveness. If you experience any type of unusual symptoms such as chest pain or blurred vision, you should stop engaging in sex. Further physical activity may trigger a more severe reaction.
You should feel no aftereffects of this drug. And you certainly should no longer have an erection. Hopefully, you feel pretty good! If you do not and believe you are suffering from a side effect of the drug, you should contact your doctor before your next scheduled dose. He may have to adjust the dose or take you off the medication entirely until he can see you in person. Most men who use Viagra do not experience side effects but those that do can have them even after the drug has worn off.
If It Does Not Work
The majority of men who use this drug find that it works the first or second time they used it. Depending on the causes and severity of your erectile dysfunction, you may require two doses before you can achieve an erection. Do not be discouraged if it does not work right away. This is not uncommon, especially in older men. After experiencing several failed attempts to achieve an erection, ask your doctor about increasing your dosage. Everyone responds differently to various medications. Overreacting can cause ED symptoms to reappear or become more severe.
Both your mind and body have to be ready to have sex. If you have a low libido, you may find that Viagra or other ED medications have little impact on your ability to get erections. You do need to desire the person you are having sex with in order for the drug to work.