Sildenafil (the generic version of the erectile dysfunction treatment more commonly known as Viagra) has revolutionised the way ED is treated around the world. It’s effectiveness, combined with the few side effects associated with the treatment, is the main reason for its popularity. Following the end of the UK patent protection on Viagra, cheaper generic versions of the drug are now available. The active ingredient is sildenafil citrate, a PDE5 inhibitor. Sildenafil works by inhibiting an enzyme which regulates the blood flow to the penis, which in turn increases the blood flow to the area and multiplies sexual stimulation. PDE5 inhibitors like sildenafil tablets use natural arousal as a trigger to help achieve and maintain an erection.
What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?
There are a range of medical and lifestyle issues which can lead to ED. Common health-related causes include diabetes and heart disease, while common lifestyle issues like smoking, excess alcohol consumption, obesity and stress can cause problems. Those with issues should schedule an appointment with their GP to have the potential causes investigated.
Why Choose Sildenafil?
Viagra and generic Sildenafil are well-known and widely used treatments for erectile dysfunction, and they are highly effective for many people. The side effects are fairly uncommon, and the action of the treatment tends to be consistent and reliable. While other treatments like Levitra and Spedra are also effective, Sildenafil is one of the most widely prescribed. The drug takes effect fairly quickly, usually within an hour of being consumed, after which it should help achieve and maintain an erection for up to 6 hours. These times can be influenced by various factors, including the amount of food or alcohol consumed during the time beforehand. Ideally it should be taken without food (or with a small meal) and without alcohol in the system.
How Effective Is Sildenafil?
Like most medications, Sildenafil may not work for everyone. The success will depend on the underlying cause of the erectile dysfunction, and the treatment will require:
- Sufficient blood supply to the penis
- Sexual arousal
- A healthy nervous system
Some causes of ED may require additional or supplementary treatments to Sildenafil. These can include issues with nerve damage or those with underlying psychological reasons. You should work with your GP to find the cause of the issue before taking Sildenafil tablets or any other ED treatment.
Taking Sildenafil for the First Time
The typical initial dose will be a single 50mg Sildenafil tablet. If this is effective then the dose may be reduced to 25mg to see if the same results can be achieved with the smaller dose. If the 50mg has little to no effect, or if the effects last less than 4 hours, the dose may be increased to a single 100mg tablet.