What Is Viagra Connect?

Dr Babak Ashrafi

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Dr Babak Ashrafi

Viagra Connect is a medication that can be bought without a prescription, for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). It contains the active ingredient sildenafil, which causes your blood vessels to relax, allowing for better blood flow to your penis. One 50mg tablet should be taken as needed, no more than once a day. Viagra Connect can be used to get and maintain an erection when taken up to 4 hours before sex.

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How does Viagra Connect work?

Viagra Connect contains the active ingredient sildenafil, which is a phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor. It works by relaxing your blood vessels, making it easier for blood to flow to your penis when you are sexually excited. This allows you to get and maintain an erection if you have ED. It should only be taken by men over the age of 18.

What is the difference between Viagra and Viagra Connect?

Viagra and Viagra Connect work in the same way and both contain the active ingredient sildenafil. They are both available for the treatment of ED. The only difference is that Viagra Connect can be bought without a prescription, whereas Viagra still requires a prescription from a doctor.

How to take Viagra Connect

Take your medication how your pharmacist or doctor has told you to or read the information included in the medication packet. Viagra Connect can be taken as needed by mouth and should be taken with a glass of water. Take one 50mg tablet and do not take any more that day, even if the treatment does not work.

Viagra Connect can help you get and maintain an erection, but you must be sexually aroused. It can be taken up to 4 hours before sexual activity but for best results take it an hour before sex. Viagra Connect can help with ED after 30 to 60 minutes, but this can vary from person to person.

Viagra Connect can be taken with or without food but there are some things to avoid, such as:

  • high-fat meals, if they are eaten just before taking Viagra Connect the medication can take longer to work
  • alcohol, as this can worsen erectile problems
  • grapefruit or grapefruit products, as this can affect how well Viagra Connect works

Sometimes it takes a few tries for Viagra Connect to work as it should. If it does not work the first time, try again later or the next day. Never take more than 1 tablet in a day as this can worsen side effects. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you take more than you should. If Viagra Connect does not work for you, speak to one of our doctors for alternative treatments.

What dosage is available?

Viagra Connect contains 50mg of sildenafil per tablet. You should not take more than 50mg in a day.

How long does Viagra Connect last?

Viagra Connect works differently for each person, but it can be used up to 4 hours before sexual activity. Usually, it will begin to work within 30 to 60 minutes, but you have to be aroused for it to work.

Potential side effects

Viagra Connect, like any medication, can have some side effects. These usually go away after your body gets used to the treatment. You may not get any side effects at all.

Common side effects include:

  • dizziness
  • indigestion
  • nausea (feeling sick)
  • headaches
  • stuffy nose
  • hot flushes
  • changes to your vision, such as blurred vision

Uncommon side effects include:

  • vomiting (being sick)
  • skin rash
  • change in blood pressure, which can cause fainting, tiredness, and dizziness
  • pounding or rapid heartbeat
  • dry mouth
  • feeling tired
  • irritation of the eyes

You should speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you get side effects that do not go away after a few days of treatment. Call 999 or go to A&E if you:

  • feel very dizzy, as this could mean your blood pressure has dropped too low
  • have pains in your chest
  • get a painful and prolonged erection that lasts longer than 4 hours
  • have a severe allergic reaction, which can cause difficulty breathing, swelling, and wheezing
  • have a seizure (fit)

For further information on side effects, including serious side effects to look out for, read the patient information leaflet included with your medication.

Where to buy Viagra Connect

Viagra Connect in Ireland can be found at your local pharmacy and can be bought without a prescription. You can also buy Viagra Connect online, from an online pharmacy or doctor service. We currently stock a range of erectile dysfunction treatments, including sildenafil, which is the generic version of Viagra Connect.

Is Viagra Connect available over the counter?

Viagra Connect is the first ED treatment in Ireland that does not need a prescription. As it should only be used if you have ED, your pharmacist might ask you a few questions before you purchase the product. This is to make sure Viagra Connect is safe and the right treatment for you.

Most pharmacies have a private room, so you can discuss this discreetly. To find out more information on ED treatments and to see if sildenafil is suitable for you, speak to one of our doctors through your online account for free.

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Medically reviewed by:
Dr Babak Ashrafi Clinical Lead for Service Expansion

Babak studied medicine at King’s College London and graduated in 2003, having also gained a bachelor’s degree in Physiology during his time there. He completed his general practice (GP) training in East London, where he worked for a number of years as a partner at a large inner-city GP practice. He completed the Royal College of GPs membership exam in 2007.

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Article created: 06 May 2022




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