Can You Take Viagra With Food?

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Can You Take Viagra With Food?

Taking Viagra with food or alcohol affects its action in the body. If you’re fond of a takeaway or a Saturday night drink I have some bad news for you.

 

What happens if I take Viagra with food?

You should take Viagra an hour before intercourse is planned. This gives the medicine time to take effect.

Official product information states that there should be no effect if you take Viagra with food. However, you should take the tablet on an empty stomach if possible.

If you take Viagra with food – especially heavy, fatty food – it can take longer for the drug to work.

The reason for this is the body has to absorb Viagra from the stomach into the bloodstream before it can take effect. Once it reaches the bloodstream it will be carried to the relevant part of the body and take action.

If you take the tablet after a heavy meal, it has to ‘queue’ while your tummy digests the food. This delays absorption and therefore the action of Viagra.

If you’re planning on some bedroom action tonight, you might want to take a raincheck on that curry for dinner.

 

 

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Fond of a drink?

As with all drugs, the action of Viagra can be affected by the consumption of alcohol.

The side effects of Viagra include low blood pressure, headaches and dizziness. Alcohol has similar effects and combining the two can exacerbate the problem.

The combination of alcohol and Viagra can also increase the likelihood of heart palpitations. This is when the heart beats irregularly, too quickly or too slowly. Unnecessary strain is placed on the heart and vascular system.

If you’re planning on using Viagra, it’s a good idea to lay off the beer. 

 

The effects of grapefruit

You may not be aware that grapefruit and grapefruit juice have a significant effect on the action of Viagra.

If you take Viagra with food such as grapefruit, you should still be able to get and maintain an erection. 

However, grapefruit is a food that prevents the breakdown of the drug in the body. It also allows greater uptake of Viagra from the gut into the blood. 

This has the very undesirable impact of increasing the side effects of the drug. These include flushing of the skin, headaches, low blood pressure and even fainting. Let’s be honest, nobody wants to faint during sex.

With that in mind, speak to your healthcare professional before making any change to the amount of grapefruit in your diet!

 

Relax and Enjoy the Experience

Many cases of erectile dysfunction are caused by psychological issues like depression and anxiety.

The condition itself can cause anxiety which results in a chain reaction affecting libido and the ability to gain and maintain an erection. It’s a vicious circle of events.

As well as food, anxiety can impact on Viagra’s effectiveness. It will still widen blood vessels, but if you’re not relaxed and enjoying the experience the drug won’t bring about the desired effects. Taking Viagra with food is not advisable but arousal is still the most important part of the process.

 

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References

  1. British National Formulary; 68th Edition (2014) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
  2. http://www.drugs.com/food-interactions/sildenafil,viagra.html (accessed: 24/10/14)
  3. http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update0206d.shtml (accessed 24/10/14)
  4. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Erectile-dysfunction/Pages/Causes.aspx (accessed 24/10/14)
  5. Massachusetts Male Ageing Study 2007 (accessed 24/10/14)

 

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