Side Effects of Viagra

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Similar to other medications, taking Viagra can cause unwanted symptoms. The majority of the adverse effects patients experience as a consequence of using Viagra are harmless and short-lived.

Common side effects of Viagra

These symptoms are the typical side effects of Viagra and can affect 1 in 10 to 1 in 100 people.

  • headache
  • feeling faint
  • nausea, upset stomach
  • nasal congestion
  • visual disturbance
  • hot flushes

Uncommon side effects of Viagra

These side effects are experienced less frequently, and will only affect between 1 in 100 and 1 in 10,00 people using Viagra:

  • vomiting
  • indigestion, abdominal pain
  • rashes
  • eye irritation (pain, blurring, double vision, bloodshot eyes)
  • tinnitus, vertigo
  • nose bleeds
  • increased heart rate
  • fainting
  • muscle ache, fatigue, chest pain
  • numbness, or hypersensitivity to pain
  • blood in the urine

Rare Side effects of Viagra

Although it is extremely rare, there have been cases where patients have experienced a severe reaction to Viagra :

  • painful, prolonged erections (priapism)
  • irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • heart attack
  • seizures
  • stroke
  • blistering skin (Stevens-Johnson syndrome)
  • severe allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, rash, swelling of the face, throat and tongue)

How to minimise Side effects of Viagra

How long any adverse reaction will last usually varies between individual patients, but majority of the common side effects will be temporary and should not last for long after you originally take the pill. The side effects should also stop entirely if you discontinue taking the medication at any time.
If side effects are prolonged, cease using the medication and seek instant medical attention.

  • Light-headedness is a common side effect; you can help lower the possibility of dizziness by standing up more gradually from a seated/laying position to avoid getting a head rush.
  • Do not drink. The intake of more than 2 units of alcohol will influence the time Viagra takes to have an effect, and can also make it more problematic obtaining an erection.
  • Lower your dose. Discuss taking a lower dosage of Viagra with your doctor if symptoms are disruptive to your life. The outcome of the treatment will still help with gaining an erection, but should have less side effects on a lower dose.
  • Have it with food. Typically, Viagra is taken on an empty stomach, but taking it with a meal can aid in reducing any unwanted side effects. This may marginally diminish the efficiency of the drug or just mean that it takes longer for the medication to kick in, but most patients find a balance that works for them.

For further information read the Viagra patient information leaflet