Viagra is a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction. Just taking Viagra doesn’t guarantee you will achieve an erection. Viagra helps a man, when stimulated, keep and maintain an erection. Here are some frequently asked questions about the “little blue pill:”
- What causes ED?
Typically ED is caused by a physical problem such as disease or side effects from other drugs. Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are the most common diseases associated with ED. Physiological issues can also play a role into ED. Smoking, drinking, stress and depression have all been linked to the condition as well.
- How does Viagra work?
Viagra helps blood flow to the penis in men with ED. It’s important to remember that Viagra only works when sexually stimulated. The medication begins working 30 to 60 minutes after taking it. It’s taken on-demand.
- How often can you take Viagra?
Your doctor will tell you how often you can take Viagra. Do not take it more that once per day. You can, however, take it up to 4 hours before sexual activity.
- Are there serious side effects?
The short answer is yes, but these are rare and include:
- An erection that will not go away
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
More common, less serious side effects are:
- Upset stomach
- Blurred vision
- Back and muscle pain
If you experience any of the side effects while taking Viagra consult you physician immediately.
- What if it doesn’t work?
Not to worry, adjustments can be made by your doctor to improve results. Viagra may not be right for all men. Studies have shown, however, that it does work for 4 out 5 men.
Viagra is only available through a prescription from you doctor. If you have prescription coverage that includes ED treatments, the cost to you will be the cost of your co-pay. Check with your provider to learn more about prescription drug costs.