Viagra (Sildenafil) for ED Treatment

Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that affects up to 40% of Australian men. However, it can be treated with ED pills like Viagra and Sildenafil. Because both Sildenafil and Viagra are only available via prescription in Australia, it’s important to understand how it works and how to best use it for your particular needs.

What is Viagra?

Viagra is the brand name for the generic drug Sildenafil. They are both commonly prescribed to help treat erectile dysfunction in adult men of all ages. Viagra belongs to a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors and comes in a variety of dosages ranging from 25 mg to 50 mg to 100 mg. Doctors prescribe different dosages depending on the severity of the dysfunction, tolerance to the drug and your medical history. 

What is the difference between Viagra and Sildenafil? 

Sildenafil is the generic version of the brand name ED drug Viagra. It is the active ingredient in Viagra that is responsible for its positive effects in treating erectile dysfunction. While both Sildenafil and Viagra are commonly known and prescribed as ED treatments today, they were originally discovered by chemists who were looking for a treatment for high blood pressure. Today, Sildenafil can also be prescribed to help treat pulmonary hypertension. 

How does Viagra work?

In order to understand how Viagra works, it’s helpful to understand how erections work. When you’re sexually aroused, your brain sends messages to your penis, causing certain chemicals to be released. Cyclic GMP is one of these chemicals that relaxes and widens the blood vessels in your penis while also relaxing the muscles in the erectile tissue. This allows blood to flow into the erectile tissue and lead to an erection. 

Normally, an erection goes away when PDE5 enzymes break down the cyclic GMP chemicals in your penis. That’s why PDE5 inhibitors like Viagra and Sildenafil help with erectile dysfunction; they block or inhibit PDE5 enzymes from taking action, thus improving blood flow to your penis to help attain and keep an erection. 

How long does Viagra take to work?

There are a few different factors to consider when taking Viagra or Sildenafil to treat ED. While doctors recommend taking the little blue pill about an hour before sexual activity, it will typically stay in your bloodstream for about 4 to 5 hours. However, if you’ve just eaten a heavy, fatty meal, it could reduce the effectiveness of the drug. Wait 2 to 3 hours after eating a heavy meal before taking Viagra or Sildenafil for best results.

Side effects of Viagra and Sildenafil

Everyone’s body is different and may experience different reactions to new drugs. Common mild side effects of Sildenafil and Viagra may include:
- Headache
- Flushing
- Indigestion
- Back and muscle pain
- Nausea
- Dizziness

There are other mild side effects that can occur, but most of them could go away within a few days or a couple of weeks on the treatment. If you’re experiencing any side effects, talk to your doctor.

Serious side effects are not common, but can occur. Call 000 if you feel severe side effects that include:
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Sudden decrease or loss of vision in one or both eyes
- Sudden decrease or loss of hearing
- Allergic reaction
- Priapism (long-lasting and sometimes painful erection)
- Cardiovascular problems, like heart attack, low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and stroke
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness

Viagra compared to other ED treatments

Viagra is one of the most well known ED pills prescribed today, but there are several other PDE5 inhibitors that are commonly prescribed for erectile dysfunction. Cialis (Tadalafil), Spedra (Avanafil) and Levitra (Vardenafil) are other clinically proven ED medications available in Australia. 

Both Viagra and Levitra reach peak effectiveness in an hour and stay in your bloodstream for about 4 to 5 hours. Similar to Viagra, Levitra’s efficacy can be impacted if taken after eating a heavy, fatty meal. It’s recommended to wait 2 to 3 hours after heavy meals before taking Levitra for best results.

Cialis takes a bit longer to take effect, so it’s recommended to take Cialis or Tadalafil at least 2 hours before sex. It also stays in your bloodstream longer - up to 36 hours.

Spedra is the fastest one to take effect, with men reporting results as quickly as 20 minutes after taking the pill. It’s recommended to take Spedra about 30 minutes before sex. Both Spedra and Cialis can be taken with or without food, though it’s possible to see faster results with Spedra if taken on an empty stomach.

Is Viagra safe? 

Yes, Viagra and Sildenafil are both safe to use to treat erectile dysfunction. However, they may not be suitable for men with a history of heart disease, stroke, vision loss, liver disease, kidney disease or high or low blood pressure, or men who are currently taking nitrites. It is important to disclose as much accurate medical information as possible to your doctor to assist them in providing the most appropriate treatment option for you.

Depending on your medical history, symptoms and needs, your doctor will prescribe an appropriate erectile dysfunction treatment. Like all medications, there are potential side effects to be aware of. Always use your prescription medication exactly as prescribed and contact your doctor if you’re experiencing any issues.

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References:

Vascular Health and Risk Management (December 2006) - Sildenafil in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension
Australian Family Physician (May 2010) - Erectile dysfunction – when tablets don’t work‍
Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management (December 2007) - Long-term safety and effectiveness of sildenafil citrate in men with erectile dysfunction

ARTG Registered Medications:

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