About Viagra

What is Viagra?

ViagraTM is a PDE-5 inhibitor approved by the FDA to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). It’s the brand name of the specific drug made by Pfizer, who’s active chemical in the medicine is sildenafil citrate.

Viagra was initially created in 1989 by Pfizer and used to treat high blood pressure. Though not found to be helpful for the treatment of high blood pressure, this medication became available in the US as an ED treatment in 1998 and has been commonly prescribed ever since.

In 2017, generic sildenafil became available at a much lower cost than the brand-name medication. Lemonaid’s medical team prescribes both generic sildenafil & Viagra, so whatever you need when it comes to meds, we’ve got you covered.

How does Viagra work?

Viagra (sildenafil) works by increasing blood flow to your penis. It’s a reliable treatment for men who cannot achieve an erection, as well as those unable to maintain an erection. If you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction, this might be the right ED med for you.

So what exactly does Viagra do? This medication works by improving blood flow to your penis when you’re sexually aroused. The active chemical in Viagra, sildenafil citrate, is still used under the name Revatio to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension or elevated blood pressure in the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your lungs.

Viagra is a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor (also called a PDE-5 inhibitor), which means it promotes blood flow to your penis by blocking the effects of the PDE enzyme. Most men who experience sexual arousal after taking this med can achieve and maintain an erection hard enough for sex.

Don’t worry—you won’t get a spontaneous erection just from taking a pill. You have to be sexually aroused after taking these meds to get an erection. And you can take Viagra up to 4 hours before sexual activity.

Viagra is the most popular branded medication on the market to treat erectile dysfunction and has helped many men with ED. Need help figuring out which is the right ED med for youSchedule an easy online appointment with a member of our medical team right now.

We know how much privacy and discretion matter when it comes to your sexual health. That’s why we offer convenient video appointments with medical professionals from the comfort of your home. Plus, our online pharmacy will deliver meds to your door in discreet packaging in just 2-3 days. We’ve got you covered.

Understanding Viagra dosages

This medication comes in 3 different strengths or dosages: 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg. If you use Lemonaid, we’ll typically recommend trying the 50 mg pill first as this is the suggested starting dose.

Our medical team will adjust the strength of your pills as necessary based on your experience with the starting dose. A Lemonaid medical professional will help you figure out which dosage makes the most sense for your needs.

If you’ve never tried this med before, you might be wondering, “how much Viagra should I take the first time?” As we mentioned, the typical starting dosage is 50 mg but varies on a case-by-case basis.

If you have questions about your dosage or how to take this medication correctly, we’re here for you. Schedule an easy online appointment with a member of our medical team today, and we’ll help you find the appropriate Viagra dosage for your unique situation.

How to use the Viagra pill

Take 1 Viagra pill one hour before sexual activity. Never take more than one pill within 24 hours.

Grapefruit can increase the risk that you experience side effects. We recommend you avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice on the days that you take this medicine.

Take this medication only as needed. Your doctor will determine your starting dose based on your personal medical history. This medication isn’t suitable for everyone and shouldn’t be taken if you’re also on a nitrate drug for heart problems or have had a heart attack.

If you’re experiencing ED as well as a heart condition, please consult with a medical professional before taking Viagra.

Wondering when to take Viagra? Take it an hour or so before you plan to have sex since this med may take between 30 minutes and an hour to work. If you have any other questions about how to take Viagra, our medical team is available and ready to answer them.

Common side effects

Like all medicines, Viagra comes with a risk of side effects. If we prescribe this medicine, it’s essential that you read the treatment plan we provide before taking it. The treatment plan will offer a more detailed list of possible side effects.

The most common side effects of Viagra are headache, upset stomach, flushing, minor changes in vision, stuffy or runny nose, back pain, muscle pain, nausea, mild dizziness, & rash.

The good news is these side effects often go away on their own, but you should seek medical advice if they don’t. If you’re having a hard time with any of these issues, please talk to your doctor or medical provider right away.

Other side effects of Viagra

Viagra can cause serious side effects. These include sudden vision loss in one or both eyes, sudden hearing loss, chest pain, and irregular heartbeat. Viagra can also cause low blood pressure, which is most pronounced 1-2 hours after taking the medication.

There’s one final side effect we want to note. If you experience a condition called priapism, where you have an erection that lasts longer than 4 hours or doesn’t go away, stop taking Viagra and seek emergency medical help right away. This condition occurs at much higher rates in men with sickle cell anemia.

How long does Viagra take to work?

Take Viagra 30-60 minutes before you plan to have sex. And if sex doesn’t happen quite when you’d planned on it, no big deal. It’s fine to take your Viagra pill up to 4 hours before sex.

If you find that it’s taking longer than you’d like for your little blue pill to kick in, our medical team recommends taking your meds on an empty stomach. While this med may be taken with or without food, eating a high-fat meal beforehand can cause it to work more slowly.

How long does Viagra last?

Once you’ve taken your meds, you can expect peak performance for 2-3 hours. After that, the effects will slowly start to dissipate in your body. Viagra can last up to 8 hours for some men, though it’s unusual.

Many different factors account for how this medication may affect you, including how long it lasts in any one person’s system. These are things like diet, the rate of your metabolism, your dosage, as well as your environment.

Does Viagra make you last longer? It’s unlikely that this medication will increase the amount of time you can have sex. That’s because this drug works by supporting your body to function the way it usually would when you feel aroused.

In other words, taking this med means that you’ll be able to experience sexual stimulation and orgasm the same way you would naturally. Viagra won’t make you last longer in bed or have more orgasms than your body can safely handle.

How much does it cost?

A single Viagra pill costs between $60-$80 at most online pharmacies. The price varies slightly between 50 mg and 100 mg tablets. So the name-brand medication can get pricey if you’re filling a prescription for more than a few pills.

If you’re looking for the same results at a much more affordable price point, consider generic Viagra (sildenafil). Sildenafil citrate is the active chemical ingredient in Viagra used to treat erectile dysfunction. This means that the generic med will work exactly the same as its pricier counterpart. Many online pharmacies are selling the generic med for $30-$35/pill.

We offer sildenafil for just $2/pill. Why? At Lemonaid, we care about making great care affordable and accessible to everyone.

What about over-the-counter Viagra?

Because it’s a prescription medication, you can’t get sildenafil or Viagra over the counter in the US. But there’s a good reason so many men are looking for OTC Viagra. Seeking treatment for ED is a personal thing.

Sexual health is a private matter, and it’s essential that you feel comfortable talking to a doctor or nurse practitioner about your needs and experiences. If you’ve been uncomfortable seeking medical help for erectile dysfunction in the past, we want you to know how straightforward and comfortable it is online.

Lemonaid offers easy online appointments and low-cost prescriptions. We also want to get you the help you need as fast as we can, which is why we’ll get your new prescription to you within 2-3 business days.

Don’t worry—we’ll mail your Viagra pills in discreet packaging and deliver them directly to your door. The help you need is available right now from the safety and comfort of your own home.

Is it safe to buy online?

We’re so glad you asked. Because Viagra and sildenafil are some of the most widely counterfeited ED meds, you need to be careful about where you get them online.

Please consult with your healthcare provider before taking anything marketed as an herbal supplement for erectile dysfunction since these aren’t FDA-approved treatments. Many of these supplements have been shown to contain dangerous and harmful ingredients.

We also recommend that you ask your doctor, nurse practitioner, or healthcare provider before using any over-the-counter medicines for ED.

Another danger is buying something marketed as Viagra online that’s actually a counterfeit drug. Pfizer has some helpful tips to make sure that the ED meds you’re getting aren’t counterfeit.

Viagra safety tips

Your safety is a top priority. To ensure you’re treating ED safely, you should always

  • Buy from a licensed online pharmacy with a US mailing address
  • Buy from a pharmacy that requires a prescription
  • Take only FDA-approved meds
  • Work with a licensed doctor or nurse practitioner and pharmacist
  • Ensure you can contact your provider for questions or other help
  • Make sure to check the site’s privacy policy and ensure their SSL certificate is up-to-date so that your data and financial info are safe

At Lemonaid, we care about getting you the help you need, including the right ED medications. Our fully-certified medical team only prescribes FDA-approved medications and our US-based, fully licensed pharmacy only stocks the real deal: branded Viagra & sildenafil.

Our medical team is here to help with all of your questions and concerns. Plus, we follow the same HIPAA privacy laws as a brick-and-mortar doctor’s office. We make it safe, easy, and affordable to get incredible medical care from home, with meds delivered right to your door.

Who should avoid Viagra

Don’t take this drug if you’re allergic to sildenafil. You should also avoid this medication if you’re taking riociguat (Adempas), alpha-blockers (terazosin, doxazosin, prazosin), or other meds used to treat high blood pressure. The same is true if you’re using isosorbide mononitrate (Imdur) or other drugs used to treat chest pain.

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if you’ve had a heart attack, have a heart problem, or currently take medications for high blood pressure.

If you experience chest pain, irregular heartbeat, or other issues with your heart, stop taking Viagra and seek medical attention right away.

Viagra may affect your eyes and ears, causing a decrease or loss of hearing and vision problems. The possible side effects include sensitivity to light, changes in color, blurred vision, and sudden vision loss in one or both eyes, also called anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. If you experience any of these more serious side effects, call your doctor or medical provider right away.

Because of the possibility for vision problems, men with a genetic predisposition to retinitis pigmentosa should not use this medication. Patients with this condition who use Viagra may be at greater risk for eye damage, resulting in vision loss.

This is not a complete list of contraindications. The information on this page has been medically reviewed to offer general guidelines on safety but should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

If you’re ready to talk with a medical professional about finding an effective and affordable solution to ED, start your visit now.