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Taking ViagraViagra changed the pharmaceutical industry forever with its launch in 1998. Although treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED) were already available at the time, this introduction of Viagra into the market helped many men understand that ED is very treatable in a very easy manner. Available as the brand name of Sildenafil, Viagra is also a highly misunderstood drug and there are many myths surrounding it. Firstly, this is a prescription ED medication that has to be taken under the supervision of the healthcare provider for the right dosage and also for preventing any harmful interactions that can occur. Second, people wrongly assume that Viagra works as an aphrodisiac and that it also increases the libido. Non-ED persons using this medication are abundant though the drug does not really do anything for them.

The main point that Viagra users need to understand is that the drug does not work without sexual stimulation. Simply taking the drug will not produce an erection. Sildenafil works as a PDE5 inhibitor, which is also the same class that drugs like Cialis and Levitra fall under. Details on why Viagra’s properties work only with sexual arousal are given below.

Why is sexual stimulation important for Viagra to work?

In order to understand why sexual arousal is necessary for Viagra to work, one should first know how a normal erection happens. During sexual arousal the body releases nitric oxide in the penile region. This chemical helps increase the level of cGMP (cyclic guanosine monophosphate), which in turn helps the smooth muscles along the penis to relax and have increased blood flow for producing a hard erection. Men with ED typically produce low levels of nitric oxide and there is not enough vasodilation to produce a strong erection or to maintain it throughout the sexual activity. By inhibiting PDE5, the drug enables to maintain the cGMP cycle when there is sufficient nitric oxide produce during sexual stimulation. In the absence of foreplay or sexual stimulation, the drug cannot produce a natural erection.

How to ensure that Viagra is effective for you

Viagra typically takes an hour for the peak effects to be felt and this usually lasts for around four to five hours. It helps a lot if you are more open with the partner regarding the use of the drug as the person can help in stimulating arousal. Remember that you have four hours to actually engage in sexual activity, so there is no pressure to perform. Ensure that you do not consume alcohol or any fatty foods as these can lessen the effects of the pill. Taken right, the drug is highly effective in about 80% of the men who have used it. Avoid taking more than one dose in a day and always consult with the doctor for titration of the dose. Do not be shy to use various methods for sexual stimulation as they really help and are necessary in gaining a natural erection with Viagra.

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