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Effects and Side Effects of Viagra

Dr Louisa Draper

"Viagra can cause side effects in some men. In most cases, the side effects are mild and temporary."

Dr Louisa Draper

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Viagra is one of the most popular drugs for erectile dysfunction. Most men find that taking Viagra does not cause any serious side effects. Find out which side effects to look out for and what you can do to avoid them.

How to avoid side effects 

1.      Get a prescription from your GP or online doctor.

You doctor will check and make sure Viagra is suitable for you before prescribing your treatment. If you have any medical conditions or are taking any other medication, you may be at an increased risk of side effects.
 
2.      Don’t drink too much alcohol.

Alcohol increases the risk of certain side effects, such as low blood pressure and dizziness. It also reduces your ability to get an erection. Avoiding alcohol will help you minimise your risk of side effects and help you get the most from your medication.
 
3.      Don’t take more Viagra than you have been prescribed.

You should never exceed the dosage that your doctor has prescribed. Consult your doctor if you feel that the dosage you are taking is not high enough.
 
4.      Don’t mix Viagra with recreational drugs.

Avoid using recreational drugs during your treatment with Viagra – some illegal or ‘legal high’ drugs interact with Viagra and taking them can be dangerous.
 
5.      If you experience side effects, try a lower dosage.

If you suffer from side effects you may benefit from trying a lower dosage. You can also take the tablet with food. It will take longer to take effect when taken alongside a meal but will also be less likely to cause certain side effects.