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Viagra, the most well-known of the erectile dysfunction (ED) treatments, is effective for up to two thirds of men experiencing ED. It is the branded version of Sildenafil, both ED pills contain the same active ingredient - sildenafil citrate.

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ED and its causes

ED, sometimes called impotence, is the inability to either get or maintain an erection. It is a common problem, particularly for men over the age of 40, and is often nothing to worry about. Most men, will at some point in their life, have difficulty maintaining an erection for successful intercourse.

The causes of ED are often different from person to person, and can be either physical, psychological or a mixture of the two. Lifestyle factors such as alcohol intake, drug use, medications, weight and stress can also impact the healthy functioning of the penis. 

How does Viagra work to treat ED?

Viagra, like many ED treatments, works by increasing the blood supply to the penis. An increase in blood supply means an erection can last for longer and is firmer. After having sex your erection should go away.

Viagra can get to action in 30-60 minutes, and last for up to 4 hours, however you must be sexually excited for Viagra to work.

Buying Viagra online - do I need a prescription?

Regulations surrounding prescriptions for Viagra have recently changed, meaning that it can be accessed with or without a prescription, but you will still have to go through a questionnaire with a pharmacist.

If you are concerned you might have ED, the first thing to do is speak to a healthcare professional. If you think you may need treatment our LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, NHS experienced clinicians will ask you to complete an online consultation and if appropriate, prescribe Viagra.

If you already have a prescription for Viagra, you can simply log into your LloydsPharmacy account online, search and pay for the medication and send us your prescription. You can also go into a LloydsPharmacy store, speak with a pharmacist and buy over the counter Viagra there.

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Viagra frequently asked questions

  • Will I experience Viagra side effects?

    While side effects are uncommon, some men may experience side effects when taking Viagra. These side effects can include headaches, indigestion, nausea, hot flushes, blurred vision, a racing heart beat and a blocked nose.

    If you experience any severe side effects such as chest pain, an erection that won’t go away, skin reactions or seizures you must speak to a doctor.

  • What is the difference between Viagra and Sildenafil?

    In reality there are no differences between Viagra and Sildenafil. They contain the same active ingredient and work in exactly the same way to treat ED.

    Viagra is simply the branded version of the treatment and therefore carries a name that is different to the generic option.

  • Can I take Viagra and alcohol?

    If you have drunk more than 2 units of alcohol you might find that Viagra is less effective at treating your ED, or takes longer to take effect. So having a glass of beer or wine should be fine, but any more than this risks not being able to use Viagra to its full effect.

  • What if Viagra doesn’t work?

    We always advise you to try any ED treatment at least 8 times before seeking an alternative or trying a higher dose. This is because there could be a number of reasons why Viagra doesn’t work, it’s not always that the dosage is wrong.

    If you try Viagra and it doesn’t work it could be because you have not waited long enough to have sex for the drug to have had effect or the reverse - you have waited too long to get sexually aroused. It could also be that you are not aroused enough.