5 Tips to Optimize Use Of Medication
1️⃣ Take on Empty Stomach
Take on an empty stomach, at least 2 hours apart from food (the further apart it is taken from food the better). This applies to Viagra, sildenafil, and Levitra as food can delay and decrease absorption of these medications. Cialis can be taken with food as food does not affect its absorption.
2️⃣ Take 1 hour or 2 hours Before
Take 1 hour before sexual activity if you’re taking Sildenafil, Viagra, or Levitra or 2 hours if you’re taking Cialis. Cialis can be effective for 24-36 hours. This means that you can take it earlier in the day or even the night before if you anticipate sexual activity the next day.
3️⃣ Avoid High-fat Meals
Avoid high-fat meals with Viagra, sildenafil, and Levitra (this can affect the bodies ability to absorb the medication).
4️⃣ Try it yourself
It’s a good idea to try the medication alone to remove the anxiety associated with partnered sex especially if you have had issues with ED for some time. It’s also important to remember that these medications do not cause spontaneous erections. You still require adequate sexual stimulation to achieve an erection.
5️⃣ Avoid Alcohol
Avoid alcohol. Alcohol acts as a central nervous system depressant. You would not want to dull the sensation to your penis or have difficulty getting aroused due to the alcohol and think that the medicine is just not working when, in fact, it is the alcohol that is making it difficult to be aroused.
Lastly, it is recommended that you try the medication under optimal conditions at least 4 times (if the benefits outweigh the side effects) before you know it isn’t working for you. Research shows that these medications work best after several tries (up to 8 uses).
Please contact your doctor if you have any questions or if you think a dose increase may be appropriate.
This information is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.