Viagra Connect

Viagra Connect

Viagra Connect tablets are an erectile dysfunction treatment available without a prescription. They work by making it easier to get and maintain an erection hard enough for sex. After taking it, you should be able to get hard within an hour.

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Viagra Connect is the first over-the-counter erectile dysfunction treatment, and you can buy it legally online without a prescription. Viagra Connect is effective for 74% of men, and can help you to get an erection within an hour of taking it.

Viagra Connect works in the same way as Viagra, but it is only available at a 50mg dose.

Dr Louisa Draper

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Dr Louisa Draper

Last reviewed: 25 Jun 2021

Viagra Connect prices

Pack Size Price
50 mg - 2 tablet(s) £10.99
50 mg - 4 tablet(s) £21.95
50 mg - 8 tablet(s) £38.50
50 mg - 12 tablet(s) £57.00
50 mg - 16 tablet(s) £73.95
50 mg - 28 tablet(s) £125.00
50 mg - 40 tablet(s) £178.00
50 mg - 56 tablet(s) £250.00

How it Works

About Viagra Connect

What is Viagra Connect?

Viagra Connect is an over-the-counter treatment for erectile dysfunction. It is the exact same as Viagra, except it can be bought without needing a prescription. Clinical trials have shown it works for 74% of men who try it.

Viagra Connect is only available at a strength of 50mg, unlike Viagra which is available at 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg. This is because 50mg is safe for most men, and is the normal starting dose if you’ve not used Viagra before.

Viagra Connect contains the ingredient sildenafil, which is a medication that helps you get an erection by increasing blood flow to your penis.

How does Viagra Connect work?

Viagra Connect works in the same as as regular Viagra, by improving blood flow to your penis, making it easier for you to get an erection that’s hard enough for sex. It contains the active ingredient sildenafil, which is a type of medication called a PDE-5 inhibitor. Viagra Connect doesn’t force you to get an erection, it works by helping you to get an erection when you’re sexually aroused.

How to take Viagra Connect

You should take Viagra Connect about an hour before you want to have sex. This gives the medication time to start working. You should swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water.

For the best results, you should avoid eating heavy or fatty meals before taking Viagra Connect. This can make it take longer for your body to absorb the medication, so it takes longer to start working. Drinking alcohol can also make the medication less effective, and in some cases can cause unwanted side effects.

How long does Viagra Connect last?

Viagra Connect keeps working for 4-6 hours after you take it. This doesn’t mean that you will have an erection for that long, but that you will be able to get an erection if you are aroused during that time.

How often can I take Viagra Connect?

You should only take Viagra Connect once per day. This is because it may be unsafe to take more than 50mg of Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra Connect, without a doctor assessing you. In addition, it lasts for many hours in your system, so taking more than one dose could lead to a build-up of the drug and cause serious side effects, such as permanent damage to your penis.

Can I take Viagra Connect with other erectile dysfunction medications?

No, you should never combine Viagra Connect with another erectile dysfunction medication. Erectile dysfunction medications such as Viagra Connect, Levitra, and Cialis all work in the same way, so taking them together could cause serious side effects. Medical devices, such as penis pumps, can be used alongside erectile dysfunction medications to give better results.

Viagra Connect Dosage

Viagra Connect is only available in a strength of 50mg. This is because 50mg of sildenafil is the usual starting dose, as it is safe and effective for most men who try it.

If you try Viagra Connect and find that 50mg isn’t right for you, you may want to try Viagra which is available at 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg.

Some men may find that Viagra Connect helped them to get an erection, but also came with some unwanted side effects. In this case, you may want to try the lower dosage of Viagra 25mg.

Some men may try Viagra Connect and it isn’t as effective as they’d like, but they didn’t get any side effects. In this case, you may want to try the higher dosage of Viagra 100mg.

Can I buy Viagra Connect over the counter?

Yes, you can get Viagra Connect over the counter in most UK pharmacies, including any Superdrug Pharmacy. You will need to speak to a pharmacist and go through an in-person assessment to make sure it is safe for you, similar to our online questionnaire. If the pharmacist determines that Viagra Connect is safe and appropriate for you, you will be able to buy it.

Why is Viagra Connect available over the counter?

The reasons Viagra is available over the counter in the UK include that it is a very safe treatment for most men, and that there was evidence that men who didn’t want to get a prescription for Viagra from their GPs were going online and buying it from unregulated companies, potentially putting their health at risk.

Reviews of Viagra Connect

Viagra Connect is an effective treatment, but it doesn’t work for everyone:

Viagra Connect safety information

Viagra Connect can cause some side effects and it may react with other medication you’re taking. For full safety information, please read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medication.

Side effects of Viagra Connect

Less than 2% of people appear to get side effects when taking Sildenafil medications like Viagra Connect. If you do get side effects they are likely to be mild, but you should still talk to your doctor. See our Viagra Side Effects page for more information.

The most common side effects of Viagra Connect include:

  • headaches
  • feeling sick (nausea)
  • indigestion
  • blocked or stuffy nose
  • feeling dizzy
  • suddenly feeling hot (flushes)
  • changes to your sight (seeing colours and things looking blurry)

Less common side effects include:

  • being sick (vomiting)
  • stomach, chest, arms, leg or muscle pains
  • trouble breathing
  • parts of your face swelling up
  • heartburn
  • rashes
  • nosebleeds
  • tiredness
  • bloodshot, irritated, red, watery or painful eyes
  • sensitivity to light or seeing flashes of light and brightness
  • increased heartbeat
  • high or low blood pressure
  • reduced sense of touch
  • vertigo
  • ringing in your ears
  • dry mouth
  • runny nose and sneezing
  • blood in your pee

Rare side effects include:

  • fainting
  • swelling inside the nose
  • feeling irritable
  • skin reactions including peeling, swelling and blistering
  • fever
  • fits (seizures)
  • an erection that lasts over 4 hours and is painful
  • severe problems with eyes and eyesight
  • loss of sight or hearing
  • stroke
  • irregular heartbeat
  • heart attack
  • tightening in the throat
  • numb mouth
  • bleeding from the penis
  • blood in your sperm

Drug interactions

You should not take Viagra Connect if you’re already taking:

  • nitrates such as glyceryl trinitrate, isosorbide mononitrate, isosorbide dinitrate
  • nitric oxide donors such as amyl nitrite (“poppers”) nicorandil or sodium nitroprusside
  • riociguat or other guanylate cyclase stimulators
  • ritonavir

Make sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you’re already using:

  • any other treatment for erectile dysfunction
  • alpha-blockers such as alfuzosin, doxazosin or tamsulosin
  • protease inhibitors (saquinavir)
  • cimetidine
  • medication used to treat fungal infections such as itraconazole or ketoconazole
  • an antibiotic called erythromycin

Pre-existing conditions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you want to take Viagra Connect and you:

  • get breathless or have any chest pain when doing light activities
  • have been told by your doctor to avoid sex
  • have any heart problems
  • have ever had a loss of sight because of damage to the optic nerve such as non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (NAION)
  • have an inherited eye disease (such as retinitis pigmentosa)
  • have low or high blood pressure
  • have liver or kidney problems
  • have any disease or deformity of your penis such as Peyronie’s Disease
  • have ever had long and painful erections
  • have a stomach ulcer or bleeding disorder
  • are under 18 years of age

Viagra Connect FAQs

What's the difference between Viagra and Viagra Connect?

Viagra Connect is a type of Viagra that is available over-the-counter. Viagra Connect is only available in a dosage of 50mg, but Viagra Connect and Viagra 50mg work in the exact same way and are equally effective.

What if Viagra Connect doesn’t work?

Viagra Connect is effective for most men, but not all of them. It is worth trying Viagra Connect on several separate occasions before you decide it is not working for you. If that is not successful you could try a higher dose of Viagra. Viagra Connect is only available at one dose, so you could speak to your doctor to try Viagra 100mg, which is a higher dose. If that doesn’t work, Viagra Connect may not be right for you and you could try another erectile dysfunction medication.

Are there any alternatives to Viagra Connect?

There are several alternative treatments you can take if you have erectile dysfunction. Other similar medicines include Levitra, Cialis, and Spedra, which you’ll still need a prescription to get. Some men find that lifestyle changes, such as exercise or stopping smoking, can also be helpful in overcoming erectile dysfunction. For more helpful information on what other options are available to treat erectile dysfunction, read our doctors recommendations on Viagra Connect alternatives.

Does Viagra Connect make you last longer?

Viagra Connect can help you to get and maintain an erection, so it can help you last longer if you’re finding it difficult to stay hard for a long time. However, if you feel that you are orgasming too quickly then Viagra Connect won’t help, as it does not does not delay ejaculation. For more information, you can read our doctors’ advice on how to last longer, and if Viagra Connect can help.

Can You Take Viagra Connect With Alcohol?

Alcohol is often used by some people to help them overcome nerves or sexual anxiety, but drinking can actually make it harder to get an erection. Alcohol can also interfere with how Viagra Connect works, making it less effective, and making the side effects worse. Read what our doctors have to say about the risks of taking Viagra Connect with alcohol.

Can you get Viagra Connect on the NHS?

Viagra Connect is not prescribed on the NHS, but there are alternatives that work in a similar way. Sildenafil, which is the generic version of Viagra Connect that works in the exact same way, is available on the NHS. To find out if you can get a prescription for erectile dysfunction treatment from your GP, check out our doctors’ advice on how to get Viagra Connect on the NHS.

Can women take Viagra Connect?

No, women can’t take Viagra Connect. It is only licensed for male use in the UK, but in places such as the USA there is “female Viagra” available. In actual fact the term “female Viagra” is misleading, as the drug works in a completely different way, and is used more to increase sexual desire and satisfaction in women. For more information on how Viagra Connect affects women, read our doctors’ advice about what happens when women take Viagra Connect.

Does Viagra Connect expire?

Viagra Connect has a shelf life of about 2 years and can become less effective if it’s left unused for too long. Before taking Viagra Connect, check the expiry date on your packet, and ensure you use your medication before then.

If your Viagra Connect is past the expiration date, you should take it to a pharmacy for them to dispose of, and buy a new box of Viagra Connect as it may not be safe to take it.

To make sure your Viagra Connect lasts until the expiration date, it should be stored below 30°C and out of direct sunlight.

Is Viagra Connect safe?

Viagra Connect is safe for most men if you’ve completed an assessment and a doctor or pharmacist agrees you can take Viagra Connect, then it should be safe for you to use.

Viagra Connect may not be safe if you take it without a doctor or pharmacist’s approval, and it can be dangerous for people with certain pre-existing health conditions or people who are taking other medications or illegal drugs. Viagra Connect can also cause side effects for some people.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

There are many different factors that can cause erectile dysfunction, from psychological factors such as stress, to physical problems with your circulation. In most cases there are multiple factors that cause erectile dysfunction, not just a single cause. For more information, read our doctors’ advice on the causes of erectile dysfunction.

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