When should you not take Viagra Connect?

When should you not take Viagra Connect?

If you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED), it’s easy to think that a medicine like Viagra Connect is the catch all treatment that will solve your problem. However, it isn’t always the case.

Like most medicines, Viagra Connect isn’t suitable for everyone. Some of these warnings are fairly self explanatory, like the fact that you shouldn’t take the little blue pill if you’re a women. But some of the warnings aren’t so straightforward. So, when shouldn’t you take Viagra Connect?

If you don’t have erectile dysfunction

It should go without saying, but don’t take Viagra Connect, or any other medicine to treat ED, if you don’t have the symptoms of erectile dysfunction. It can be dangerous, may lead to a priapism, and may in some cases cause you to build up a psychological tolerance - meaning you can’t achieve an erection without Viagra, not because of a physical health reason, but because you believe you rely on it.

When you’ve had grapefruit juice

Sure - this is a bit of an odd one at first glance. In fact, grapefruit and grapefruit juice are known for having adverse effects on a variety of medicines. With Viagra Connect, it delays the effects of the active ingredient (sildenafil) and increases the body’s absorption of it by 23%.

If you want to increase the effect

The recommended starting dose of Viagra is 50mg. When you purchase Viagra Connect, the over the counter version of Viagra, it’s only available as a 50mg tablet. For a multitude of reasons, you may find that the first couple of times you take Viagra Connect, it doesn’t have the desired effect. It might not help you achieve an erection, or achieve one satisfying enough for sex. If this is the case, you should not take a second dose, as it may be dangerous.

Viagra Connect may take up to 8 attempts to have an effect, after which point you should speak to your doctor - they may recommended an increased dose, or trying a different treatment. Do not take two doses of Viagra Connect within 24 hours.

If you’re on certain medications, or have certain health conditions

There are some health circumstances that make Viagra Connect unsafe for you to take. You shouldn’t take the treatment if you have some health conditions that affect your heart, liver, kidney or blood pressure, among others.

Likewise, there are certain medicines which can make Viagra Connect unsafe. These include certain medicines to treat depression, cancer, HIV, tuberculosis, and blood pressure problems, among others. When you want to buy Viagra Connect, you will be asked if you’re taking any of these medicines or have nay condition that’s likely to impact the treatment.

If you’re a women

There’s one episode of Sex and the City where Samantha takes the little blue pill, but that’s no endorsement that it’s safe for women to take Viagra. There is a medicine dubbed as “female Viagra”, but the usual treatment should not be taken by women.

If you believe it to be fake

Viagra is the most counterfeited medicine in the world, taking advantage of those who don’t want to speak to a doctor about their problem, or who want to save money. These fake pills may contain none of the active ingredient, and may even have harmful substances in. Viagra Connect was introduced to give men the option to purchase ED treatment from their pharmacist without having to speak to their doctor, or get a prescription.

Always make sure the medicine you purchase is from a MHRA registered website (you can spot this at the bottom of the pharmacy’s page, identified by a green and white symbol). Buying and taking counterfeit Viagra Connect risks both your health and your wallet.

Content Marketing Officer
Content Marketing Officer
Libby Mayfield

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