Drugs Viagra

Drugs Viagra Information

These details are taken from Terrence Higgins Trust website www.drugfucked.tht.org.uk

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What’s the score?


Viagra is also known as: sildenafil or sildenafil citrate. There are other erection drugs a lot like Viagra, such as Cialis (aka tadalafil) and Levitra (aka vardenafil). ‘Generic Viagra’ is an almost identical version of the drug but it’s not sold under these well known brand names. One well known generic version is Kamagra. The information here is true for both Viagra and the other types of erection drugs. The pills work by increasing the flow of blood to the dick, giving a harder, longer lasting hard-on. Effects last around 4 hours. Cialis tends to last longer (up to 1 or 2 days for some men).

Taking Viagra


A pill (or half of one) is swallowed about half an hour before sex. Viagra, etc doesn’t work as well if you’ve had a fatty meal or alcohol.  A higher dose often doesn’t mean better hard-ons, just more side effects. More than one dose shouldn’t be taken over 24 hours.

Highs and lows


Viagra offers a quick fix for many men with erection problems, whether the cause is physical or more in the mind. Men with no real problems getting hard use these drugs too, to boost their sexual performance, especially if on chems that make getting hard-ons difficult. Side effects can be a blocked nose, headache, a red face and chest, upset stomach or short-lived slight changes in vision. They’re less likely to work if you’re anxious or your hard-on difficulties have a physical cause (diabetes, circulation or prostate problems). Rare side effects include blindness, stroke, heart attack or death. But this is usually in men who are older and/or have existing health problems, especially if they’re already on nitrate-based drugs for a heart condition.

Sex on Viagra


Erection drugs don’t make you horny or cause instant hard-ons. They only start working after you get turned on. Some men say their hard-ons have less feeling and that coming is more difficult. But with drugs like Viagra, after they’ve come they can get hard again quicker.

Find out more about drugs and sex here.

Viagra with other drugs


HIV drugs – protease inhibitors push up levels of the erection drug in the body, so a lower dose of Viagra, etc is often needed. Check with your HIV doctor.

Poppers – some makers of erection drugs warn against using them with poppers, as both lower blood pressure. Poppers are nitrites. Similar drugs (nitrates) are taken by people with heart conditions. Taking Viagra, etc while on nitrates has killed men by causing a fatal drop in blood pressure. So to be on the safe side, caution is advised with poppers (nitrites) too.

Ecstasy– Viagra and E together (called ‘sextasy’) could strain the heart and has been known to cause a hard-on that won’t go down. An erection lasting over 4 hours can damage a dick. Get medical help straight away.

Cocainecrystal meth and speed (or chems that might have speed in them like ecstasy tablets) - taken together with Viagra these put extra pressure on the heart.

 

Useful to know


Pills sold over the internet may be fakes. Check with a doctor before taking erection drugs, especially if you’re in one of these groups of men more likely to have a dangerous reaction. These are men who are:

  • older
  • overweight
  • being treated for heart problems (especially with nitrate-based drugs)
  • have abnormal blood pressure (and/or are taking alpha blockers for this)
  • are on HIV drugs (protease inhibitors)
  • have had a stroke/heart attack
  • have glaucoma (high blood pressure in the eye) or diabetes.


The law


Generally you can only get Viagra-type drugs with a doctor’s prescription, but they can be bought without one on the internet or from drug dealers.

Possession of the drug without a prescription isn’t illegal but people have been prosecuted for selling the pills.

In 2007 a pilot scheme started allowing men to buy Viagra at some chemists without a prescription (but only after a health check).

More info


Problems with hard-ons can have physical causes, but can be down to anxiety, lack of testosterone (a problem for some men with HIV), tiredness, sexual boredom, alcohol, drugs and some medicines, including drugs for HIV or depression.

For more information check out:

Sexual Dysfunction Association
www.sda.uk.net


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