How Fast Does Viagra Work?

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Viagra is a fast and effective treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED), taking an average of 30-60 minutes to work. It’s one of the first options for medical treatment people go to.

But, there’s no way to tell exactly how fast Viagra will work without trying it first. Other types of ED treatment may work better and faster for you, depending on several different factors. 

How fast will Viagra work for me?

Viagra works very quickly for most of the people who use it. On average, Viagra starts working after around 30 minutes.

But, it’s important to remember that this is an average. The length of time Viagra takes to work will vary from person to person. There’s no guarantee that if you take it, you will be able to have erections strong enough for satisfying sexual activity within just 30 minutes. 

You should also remember that taking Viagra tablets alone won’t result in an erection. Viagra will only work when it is taken in combination with sexual stimulation – whether that’s physical, visual, or otherwise. 

The best way to find out how quickly Viagra will take to work is by trying it yourself. Your GP or pharmacist will be able to tell you whether or not it’s safe for you to try. 

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Can you make Viagra work quicker?

There’s no way to make Viagra work quicker. While you’re feeling impatient for it to take effect, the idea of taking an extra pill might be tempting, but this is not a good idea. Taking more than your prescribed dose of Viagra can lead to unpleasant side effects or an overdose.

A common mistake is thinking that taking more Viagra will help it work faster. In truth, there’s no way to make Viagra work any faster than it’s meant to. The best that you can do is make sure that you’re not doing anything that could slow down its effects

Things to avoid that can make Viagra work less quickly are: 

  • Heavy or fatty foods. Eating a meal with a high fat content can affect the metabolic breakdown of Viagra in your stomach. This means the medication is absorbed into your bloodstream more slowly, making it slower to work. For the best effects, try to take your Viagra on an empty stomach, or after a low-fat meal
  • Certain trigger foods (like grapefruit). Research has shown that taking Viagra alongside a glass of grapefruit juice will delay its absorption into your bloodstream, making it take longer to work. You don’t have to avoid grapefruit juice entirely, but we advise not drinking it at the same time as taking erectile dysfunction medication
  • Too much alcohol. If your erection difficulties are being caused by psychological reasons (e.g. ‘stage fright’ or first-night nerves), having a drink or two can be a useful way to relax. But, drinking too much will make Viagra much less effective, and will make getting an erection more difficult in general. As a rule, 1 to 2 units of alcohol is a good limit when you’re taking Viagra

To make sure your Viagra takes effect as quickly as possible, you should also make sure that you’re properly prepared for sexual activity.

Viagra will work best when you’re properly aroused, ready for sexual activity, comfortable, and relaxed. So try not to worry about how long it will take to work. 

Is there a way to tell how fast it will work for me?

There’s no way to tell how fast Viagra will work before you try it. The only way to know for sure how quickly it will work is to take it yourself, as long as it’s been prescribed to you by a medical professional. 

Viagra takes around 30 to 60 minutes to work for most people. But, this time could be faster or slower for you depending on how your body breaks it down, and on other factors like food and alcohol.

What if I take Viagra and it doesn’t work fast enough?

If you’re worried about Viagra not working fast enough when you need it to, try it a couple of times on your own before using it with a partner. If it’s your first time using the drug, it can take a couple of goes before you see the full effect. 

Remember, just taking Viagra won’t cause you to have an erection. You’ll also need to be aroused, just like with any other erection.

A lot of people find it reassuring to take their dosage well in advance of sexual activity. Taking it a few hours before sexual activity shouldn’t be a problem. 

If you’re not happy with the results of Viagra, there are other types of erectile dysfunction medications to try. Alternative medications may work faster on your body than Viagra

What treatments work faster than Viagra?

Viagra is just one type of erectile dysfunction (ED) medication, known as a PDE-5 inhibitor. If you don’t respond well to Viagra, there are other PDE-5 inhibitors you could try, such as Spedra, Cialis, and Cialis Daily.

Spedra is the fastest acting PDE-5 inhibitor on the market. It will take an average of just 15 minutes to work from taking it.

Cialis (on-demand) takes the same amount of time to work as Viagra, but will last for much longer – up to 36 hours. This means that timing your ED medication is much easier. You can take your pill once, and be prepared for more spontaneous sexual activity during the next 36 hours

Cialis Daily is designed to work continuously when taken once a day, meaning that there technically shouldn’t be any waiting time.

Beyond PDE-5 inhibitors, there are plenty of other options for ED treatment available that don’t require preparation time once in place. These include: 

  • getting your current medication checked (ED can sometimes be a side-effect of taking another drug)
  • diagnosis and treatment for any underlying medical conditions that could be causing your ED

Looking to the root of your ED is often the most effective way to finding a fast and reliable treatment.

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