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Sildenafil And Alcohol

Sildenafil And Alcohol

Can Viagra be taken with alcohol?

Viagra is the most popular treatment for men who suffer from erectile dysfunction. However, alcohol is one of the reasons why you might be experiencing erectile dysfunction in the first place. Although alcohol may help you overcome anxiety, it can also take a toll on your sexual function.

Drinking alcohol decreases the blood which stays within your penis, which makes it harder for you to get an erection. If you’re taking Viagra because you have had erection problems in the past, you should avoid alcohol.

In addition, alcohol and Viagra (and similar products like Viagra Connect or Sildenafil) can interact. Viagra lowers your blood pressure, as does alcohol. If your blood pressure level gets too low, you may experience dizziness, light-headedness, fainting, headache and even heart palpitations. Having these Viagra side effects isn’t just potentially dangerous - it also certainly doesn’t improve your sexual performance.

What Is Viagra?

Viagra, generic name sildenafil citrate, is a prescription most commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). Another brand name for this drug is Revatio. The drug was originally designed to treat hypertension and angina pectoris (chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart), and it is still sometimes used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs).

Viagra is a blue, diamond-shaped pill which works by “relaxing muscles in the walls of blood vessels in certain areas of the body,” according to Medical News Today. In this way, Viagra works to help men with penile dysfunction improve their erectile response when they are already stimulated. If the man is not already stimulated, Viagra will not work as it is not a stimulant.

Introduction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a problem with getting and maintaining an erection that’s firm enough to have sexual intercourse. All men have trouble getting an erection from time to time, and the likelihood of this problem increases with age. If it happens to you often, though, you may have ED.

Viagra is a prescription drug that can help men with erectile dysfunction. For many people, romance means candlelight, soft music, and a glass of wine. The little blue pill, Viagra, can be part of this picture, but only if you drink small or moderate amounts of alcohol.

Viagra and alcohol

Drinking alcohol in moderation seems to be safe when you take Viagra. There seems to be no clear sign that the risks of alcohol use are made worse by Viagra. A study published in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics found no adverse reactions between Viagra and red wine. However, research on this topic is limited.

Still, just because Viagra and alcohol don’t seem to interact doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to use them together. This is because chronic alcohol use is a common cause of ED. It’s so common, in fact, that a slang term for ED in Great Britain is “brewer’s droop.” So while you’re treating ED with Viagra, you may be doing yourself a disservice by mixing the drug with alcohol.

Read more: 5 common causes of ED, plus treatment and prevention tips »

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