What happens if you use Viagra recreationally?

What happens if you use Viagra recreationally?

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Viagra, discovered in the late 1990s, is a medicine taken to manage erectile dysfunction. At some point, most men will have difficulty getting an erection due to factors such as stress or too much alcohol, but if you experience the symptoms of erectile dysfunction (ED) over the course of several months, you may choose to take Viagra to manage the problem.

But what happens if you don’t have ED?

If you don’t have the symptoms of erectile dysfunction and you pop a little blue pill, what happens? Do you turn into an unstoppable sex god, is it hugely high risk or… does nothing change, really?

Viagra, like all PDE5 inhibitors, works by relaxing the blood vessels to the penis. This helps blood flow more easily, which is crucial in getting an erection. You still require sexual stimulation to get an erection, but it’s really just a simple case of mechanics.

There’s no clinical research into the effects of Viagra on those who don’t have ED in comparison to a placebo pill, but there are plenty of anecdotes that highlight negative outcomes. There are horror stories about men who took a huge dose of the medicine and had very bad side effects, such as one who took 35 pills in an hour and was hospitalised for priapism. But it doesn’t take a huge dose to see negative consequences. Take the man who had a heart attack after his wife spiked his wine with two of the little blue pills.

What is there to gain?

So, when you know what the stakes are, what is it you might be able to gain? It’s worth stating again that Viagra is no miracle cure to make sex incredible, and is only designed to be used by people who need it. There’s no evidence to suggest that using Viagra improves stamina or reduces the refractory period over a placebo pill, so in effect, any improvement might just be in your head. That’s not much gain for quite high stakes.

In fact, it’s even possible that you might work up a psychological tolerance to the medicine if you take it for too long. As Viagra is known as a treatment, not a cure, for ED, the active ingredient doesn’t build up in your body, making you need more of it to get the same feeling. However, you may develop a psychological reliance, believing that you need Viagra to “perform”.

Dangerous combinations

As with many types of medicine, there are certain health conditions and conflicting medicines that may make it unsafe for you to take Viagra. These include heart and blood pressure medicines, problems with your liver or kidneys, and medicines to treat conditions such as depression or HIV. Some of these medicines can have dangerous combinations, such as nitrates; taken in combination with nitrates, Viagra can cause a dangerously drop in blood pressure.

When you purchase Viagra after a consultation with your doctor, or Viagra Connect after speaking to your pharmacist, you can be sure that it is safe for you to take. If you choose to take it recreationally off label without medical guidance and in absence of symptoms of ED, you are at a higher risk of experiencing side effects. These effects include headache, back pain, tinted or blurred vision, muscle pain or nausea among others.

The bottom line is this - Viagra is a medicine designed for men who experience erectile dysfunction: don’t use it if you don’t.


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Libby Mayfield

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