What if Viagra Doesn’t Work?

Speak with your medical provider

They might offer alternative solutions

Next Question

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.

6 Ways to Make Viagra More Effective When Viagra Doesn’t Work

Viagra can be less effective for men with conditions like nerve damage or even diabetes. If Viagra doesn’t work, or it’s not as effective as you’d like, you should speak with your doctor about your options. Here are a few pieces of advice that your doctor may recommend—please remember that Viagra works differently for everyone and you should speak to your doctor before making any changes related to your health.

  1. Viagra can be taken on an empty stomach. Food (especially fatty meals) can block absorption of Viagra, making it less effective
  2. Identify the underlying cause of your ED. Your ED may be caused by an underlying condition, like depression, injury, nerve damage, diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. Talk to your doctor about conditions that can contribute to ED.
  3. Your doctor may recommend trying Viagra alone. Using Viagra by yourself could help you understand if anxiety might causing any problems
  4. Talk to your doctor about changing your dose. If your current dose is not effective, consider talking to your doctor about whether a different dose is right for you.
  5. Viagra isn’t right for everyone.. Ask your doctor if Cialis, sildenafil, Levitra, or low dose Daily Cialis is right for you
  6. Try alternative ED treatment methods. Oral medication isn’t the only way to treat ED. Talk to your doctor about your other options including: penis pumps, cock rings, and even sonic therapy

When Viagra Doesn’t Work

It’s important to talk to your doctor when you start taking erectile dysfunction medication.  Tell them about your expectations for the medication, your results, and any side effects you experience. Your treatment plan isn’t set in stone. Work with your doctor to find the best treatment for you.

Important Safety Information

Viagra is not safe for everyone. For example, people on drugs called “nitrates” for certain heart conditions and riociguat for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension cannot take Viagra. To learn more, see IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION about Viagra.

Was this answer helpful?