Viagra Connect, like any other medication, has its side effects and here is everything you need to know about them...
A generic variant of the popular ED medication - Viagra; Viagra Connect is one of the few erectile medication treatments available to buy over-the-counter.
Viagra Connect was passed for safe consumption after extensive testing by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on November 28th 2017. However, like any other medication, Viagra Connect too can cause side effects for some people.
If you are someone who is considering taking Viagra Connect for your ED, here is a comprehensive guide about the side effects of this over-the-counter ED drug.
How likely are you to experience side effects when taking Viagra Connect?
After an extensive four-year review of sildenafil citrate - the active ingredient of Viagra Connect; researchers have established that the side effects from taking the medication are common, mostly short-lived and easily treated.
Here are some of the most common side effects of taking Viagra Connect:
- Indigestion and heartburn
- Facial flushing
- Light-headed or dizzy spells
- Blurred or blue-tinted vision
- Nasal congestion
Some of the not-so common side effects of Viagra Connect:
- Muscular pain
- Chest pain
- Hypersensitivity to pain
- Increased heart rate/heart palpitations
- Skin rashes
- Evidence of blood in urine or semen
Some of the very rare side effects of taking Viagra Connect:
- Painful and prolonged erections
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- Heart attack
- Extreme flaking of the skin
- Blistering skin
Are there any lethal side effects to taking Viagra Connect? When should you see a doctor?
The side effects listed above in the extremely-rare section are indeed very rare but should they appear, they can be potentially dangerous.
If you start experiencing any of the following symptoms after taking Viagra Connect, contact your doctor immediately:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Severe rash
- Chest pains
- Painful erection
- An erection that lasts for more than four hours
- Loss of vision
- Seizures or fits
Is there a way to determine if the medication is going to trigger side effects in your system?
If you choose to order your ED medication from an online pharmacy like Quick Meds; we offer free and discreet online consultations that can help you with the same. The qualified medical professionals at Quick Meds can evaluate your medical history, check what other medications you are already on, and assess how likely you are to suffer from extreme side effects.
That said, every individual reacts to Viagra Connect differently. So it is next to impossible to determine how susceptible you will be to side effects. The only certain way to tell is by trying the medication. You can however make note of any side-effects you experience and share the same with your doctor. Based on how severe the side effects are and based on what your doctor has assessed you can then decide if you want to continue taking the medication.
Can Viagra Connect cause an allergic reaction?
Allergic reactions in Viagra Connect users are rare but if they do occur; they can be extremely dangerous and that is when you need to contact your doctor immediately.
Know that you are allergic to the medication if you start developing any of the following symptoms:
- Breathing problems
- Swellings of the face, mouth or throat
Can you overdose on Viagra Connect?
Viagra Connect is available in a standard dosage of 50mg, which is the recommended daily dosage for most men. Consuming more than one tablet of Viagra Connect in a day can have dire consequences.
- Chest pain
- Feeling sick
- Irregular heartbeats
- Feeling light-headed or fainting
If you don't get the desired results with one 50mg Viagra Connect dose, it is not recommended that you take another tablet within the 24-hour period. Instead, you must reach out to your doctor, as they will be able to guide you, depending on your medical history.
Is it dangerous to mix Viagra Connect and prescription drugs?
Mixing medications can have unexpected side effects and they can be different for different people. This is precisely why it is important to consult your GP about any medication that you might take and keep them aware of all your medical conditions.
Whilst every case is different, the following types of prescription drugs are usually more dangerous when mixed with Viagra Connect:
Medications that are given to treat heart attacks, kidney, liver failure and those given to treat angina or low blood pressure (especially drugs known as nitrates).
Can you reduce the risk of side effects caused by Viagra Connect?
Whilst you can't control everything about your health; you can do a few things to ensure you make the most of Viagra Connect and reduce the risk of side effects.
Don't mix them, drugs:
Mixing your medication can prove dangerous for your health and that is precisely why you need to consult your doctor before you mix any kind of medication with your ED treatments.
Don't drink alcohol:
We understand that you might enjoy a drink or two occasionally, however unfortunately, alcohol tends to lower blood pressure thus reducing the amount of blood that flows to your penis. This in turn can reduce the effectiveness of your ED medication.
Taking your medication with food:
It is recommended that you don't consume Viagra Connect with food. This is so because high-fat meals tend to reduce the medicine's effectiveness and/or delay the onset time.
However, when experiencing side effects such as dizziness or flushing, some people find that taking a tablet with a light meal helps.
Buy your medication from reliable sources:
Do not buy your ED medication (or any medication) from an unlicensed pharmacy. Buying your medication from an unregulated source can be dangerous for your health.
Apart from the questionable quality of the medication, you also can't guarantee if an unreliable source will offer you a medical consultation, thus putting your health at a greater risk.
What can you do to relieve the side effects of Viagra Connect?
The most common side effects of Viagra Connect, like headaches, facial flushing or indigestion, are easy to relieve. Painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol are safe to take with Viagra Connect for headaches. You can also take antacids for indigestion caused by the medication.
If your experience prolonged side effects and Viagra Connect doesn't work for your ED, then you can alternatively try other ED medications like Sildenafil (the generic version of Viagra). Make sure you consult your doctor before you make a change in your medication.