Why is Viagra so popular?

If you are a man experiencing any type of sexual problem that is making it difficult for you to get or maintain an erection, the word ‘Viagra’ probably pops into your mind. So why is this? Possibly because Viagra has been around a long time and it was the first drug made available and able to help patients with erection difficulties.

The other thing that makes Viagra over the counter popular is that it is fast working and available in tablet form, meaning that it can be taken orally. Many men prefer this to the medication that comes in the form of an injection as they are not so easy to administer and more painful, particularly if the drug has to be injected into the penis by a medical practitioner.

So how does Viagra work?

The popularity of Viagra continues to increase as merely by taking one pill, you can be ready to take part in sexual intercourse with your partner without any worry or concern that you will not be able to perform. By increasing the blood flow to the penis, an erection is easily obtained and maintained once sexual stimulation takes place. The effect of the Viagra also wears of naturally afterwards, so you do not need to worry that you will be stuck with an embarrassingly obvious erection when you do not want one.

Are there other pills like Viagra?

Yes, you may hear your doctor refer to Cialis or Levitra, which are both very similar to Viagra. They all work in a similar way but may vary in the time needed to allow for them to work and that lasting effect of the medication.   Your doctor will carefully assess the possible causes of your ED (erectile dysfunction) and then by making use of his medical knowledge and expertise, will carefully work out which drug is most suitable for you.

Viagra is not working very well for me. Can I switch to one of the other drugs?

Yes, but do consult your doctor first. All of these ED drugs have been medically tested and are safe to use. However, because they are all slightly different, they may work on people in different ways. For example, while Viagra stays active within your system for a few hours, Cialis can last a lot longer – sometimes for up to 36hrs. So, depending upon your personal circumstances and medical history, you may be advised to switch to one of the other available brands of medication.

But isn’t Viagra very expensive?

The price of Viagra has dropped since the Patent expired in 2013. Your G.P will issue you with a private prescription and you will have to pay for it, but the costs are no longer as excessive as they were. If you have a serious medical condition then you may qualify for an NHS prescription. Your doctor will be able to advise you on this.