Tips That Your Doctor Might Recommend
Include taking it on an empty stomach or easing up on fatty foods...
Disclaimer: This information isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should never rely upon this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.
How to Make ED Medication More Effective
According to studies of Viagra, “63%, 74%, and 82% of men on 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg of Viagra, respectively, reported an improvement in their erections, compared to 24% on placebo.” Clinical trials of other PDE-5 inhibitors like Cialis and Levitra have also shown a statistically significant improvement in ED among study participants. It’s important to note that everyone reacts to medication differently. But you can do a few things to make erectile dysfunction medication more effective.
ED Medication Best Practices
One of the best ways to increase the effectiveness of ED medication is to take it properly. That means taking it at the right time according to your healthcare provider’s instructions. Viagra takes about an hour to take effect and lasts for 6-8 hours. Cialis takes effect in about 1-2 hours but stays in your system for up to 36 hours. Time your medication accordingly. These times may vary for you. The time it takes for ED medication to take effect and how long it lasts can be affected by some medical conditions and drug interactions. Be sure to talk to your doctor about how your health and any drugs you are taking may affect how your body reacts to your ED medication.
Your doctor may also recommend taking ED medication on an empty stomach. When you take ED meds with a meal, especially a heavy, fatty meal, it can block absorption of the medication. A heavy meal also diverts blood to the stomach and intestines (for digestion), and away from your penis, making it harder to get an erection.
Adjusting your Dose of ED Medication
Your physician may recommend trying the medication multiple times under different circumstances if you’re not seeing the results you want. They may also increase your dose, depending on your reaction to the medication and any side effects. You should never increase your own dose or take more than one dose of ED medication a day. If you experience side effects or don’t see the results you want, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
Important Safety Information
PDE-5 inhibitors are not safe for everyone. Talk to your doctor about whether you’re healthy enough for sex and the risks and benefits of ED treatment options. People on drugs called “nitrates” for certain heart conditions and riociguat for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension cannot take Viagra or Levitra, and Cialis may not be safe for people who take medications to lower their blood pressure or to treat an enlarged prostate, or who consume substantial amounts of alcohol. To learn more you can see the IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION for Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra.