Should I Take Viagra with Food?

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Food can block the absorption of Viagra into your bloodstream

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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.

Can You Take Viagra with Food?

Food can delay the absorption of Viagra. When you take Viagra on a full stomach, it may not be as effective (especially if you eat a large or fatty meal).

Taking Viagra with a meal, especially a heavy, fatty meal, means it takes longer for you to absorb the medication. Longer absorption times means Viagra isn’t as concentrated in your blood, so it may not be as effective. That could mean your erection might come later than expected, be less strong than you expected, and not last as long as you would’ve liked

According to the FDA approved Prescribing Information, Viagra can be taken 30 minutes to 4 hours before sexual activity. You should always talk to your doctor about when you should take Viagra to achieve the best results for you.

Safety Concerns Related to Changes in Absorption

Liver and kidney disease can change the way your body absorbs Viagra, and certain drugs can interact with Viagra. It’s important that you talk to your doctor about your medical history and the medications you are taking, because you may need a lower starting dose, or Viagra may not be safe for you at all. For example, people with liver and kidney disease may need the lowest starting dose, and people on drugs called “nitrates” for certain heart conditions and riociguat for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension should not take Viagra. To learn more, see IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION about Viagra.

Eating Before Sex

On a separate but related note, eating a large meal before sex isn’t a great idea regardless of which medication you’re taking. When you eat a big meal you naturally divert blood flow to your stomach and intestines to help with digestion. That means you have less potential blood flow to give you a firm, lasting erection. It’s not a huge deal, but a big meal before sex isn’t the best way to get a strong erection.

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