How Old Do I Have To Be To Take Viagra?

Age and medications are something that we always have to be mindful of. Although there are no legal age restrictions to buying most medicines, some prescriptions restrict the sale to children. Find out how old you have to be to get Viagra and whether you should take it.

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Should I Take Viagra If I’m Below 18?

The short answer: No. 

The long answer: It’s very complicated. 


There isn’t a clear black and white on whether you can take Viagra if you are under 18 years old. In almost all cases, Viagra is only prescribed to men aged 18 and over.


In fact, there have been very few studies documenting Viagra use in men under 18. It is still not known if it is safe for them. 


The lack of research happens for two likely reasons:

1. To Prevent Minors From Taking It


With an age limit of 18 and above on the drug, this restriction prevents underaged children who have not yet fully developed their bodies from making questionable decisions. 


After all, in some countries like the United States, the legal age of consent can be up to 18 years of age. 


2. Ethical Considerations: Viagra Might Be Dangerous For Minors

Taking Viagra at a young age can also pose risks due to side effects from the drug that might do more harm than good. 


On top of that, although not addictive, one might also develop a psychological dependence on the drug during sexual encounters.


Will I Get ED If I’m Young?

Fortunately, ED is unlikely to happen at a young age and is commonly associated with men in their 40s to 70s. 


If you think you might have ED, your best bet is to see a doctor or visit a specialist like a urologist. These issues can sometimes be caused by nervousness or anxiety in young people. 


Explain to your doctor in detail about your health conditions, symptoms as well as the medicines you take so that he or she can guide and determine whether Viagra is suitable for you.

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So When Do I Need To Take Viagra?

Your doctor knows best. Viagra is a prescription drug used to treat ED. The little blue pill, which contains the active ingredient sildenafil, works by relaxing muscles and arteries inside the penis. This brings increased blood flow during arousal to maintain a steady erection. 


With the turmoil of life, factors ranging from physical to emotional stresses can contribute to and increase the likelihood of ED. Therefore, it is important to diagnose ED early to help direct treatment options.


Now, even if you do think you might have ED, don’t fret. ED is not an uncommon sexual condition. Studies have shown that about 40% of men in their 40s have been affected by ED, with increased risks as men get older. If you’re worried, head to your doctor to get it checked. 


Or if you prefer to do it discreetly, doctors on our platform can also assist and provide you with professional consultations here

Is Viagra Legal?

Yes, Viagra is a perfectly legal and FDA-approved drug.


Can I Purchase Viagra Over-The-Counter?

In Singapore, the drug can only be prescribed by a doctor. It cannot be purchased from over-the-counter pharmacies. 


Why you might ask? 


Viagra is a phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitor and its effects are systemic. Working as a vasodilator, it widens blood vessels to improve blood flow to the penis for erections. 


If you have underlying health conditions such as high/ low blood pressure, heart or liver problems, taking Viagra could cause serious adverse effects.


As such, it is important to go through the right channels by going for a thorough medical check-up beforehand to rule out any underlying conditions. 


Your doctor will prescribe you the right medications with the right dosages for the right conditions. 


Can I Self-Treat With Viagra? 

No. Self-treatment with Viagra not prescribed by a certified doctor is not recommended and can be dangerous. 


Under the Health Sciences Authority, buying such drugs from unregistered sources is considered illegal. Many of these pills can be adulterated as they can come from companies that do not require a prescription. 


A 2012 study found that 77% of Viagra sold from such companies were counterfeit and posed health risks. 


So take the precaution and save yourself the trouble. 


If you are concerned or have experienced any severe or unusual symptoms while taking Viagra, contact your doctor or any other healthcare professional.

Is Viagra Safe?

Generally, Viagra doesn’t have many severe side effects. 


If you are over 18, and genuinely worried about ED affecting your sex life, then it is fine to take the drug with your doctor’s approval. 


However, if you’re taking it in an attempt to bolster your sexual performance without addressing the underlying cause, then the outcome will likely be problematic. 


Sure, the pill could give you an erection, but it is not a one-stop solution in removing feelings of stress and anxiety that are typically tied to a sexual encounter. 


If you think the drug will increase libido or increase your sexual performance when you don’t have ED, studies suggest otherwise.

Can I Take Viagra Recreationally?


Recreational Viagra use is really not a good idea. 

Viagra is safe when taken as prescribed but it still has its side effects. 

From a study conducted at the University of Texas in Austin in 2006, men who used ED medication such as Viagra on a recreational basis were two and a half times more likely to have erectile difficulties. 


These effects can be amplified if you’re on other medications, alcohol, or other recreational drugs at the same time. 

In rare cases, the drug can cause priapism (prolonged and painful erections that last for more than four hours) or even permanent erections, which can be dangerous.

If you experience such side effects, seek immediate medical assistance. 

How Much Viagra Can I Take? 

Follow the dosage strictly. Your doctor will tell you the recommended dose to take during treatment. 

Typically, the recommended dosage for Viagra for adults aged 18 to 64 years old is 50 milligrams (mg) taken once a day. 

The dosage can be lowered by your doctor to 25mg or increased to 100mg depending on the effectiveness and how well one tolerates it. 

You should not go over the recommended dose to avoid any potentially serious effects.

If you feel like it’s not working, you can even try masturbating or experimenting with other forms of sexual stimulation. 

If not, talk with your doctor about adjusting your dose. 

There are other types of ED treatments available if needed - read about them here.

Side Effects Of Viagra

Viagra is a relatively safe drug, but there are still side effects that can arise from its consumption. The few common side effects that might occur from consuming Viagra can be found here, on Pfizer’s official label. These effects include but are not limited to:


Common

  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Upset stomach
  • Flushing
  • Headaches


More Severe (But Rarer) 

  • Loss of vision
  • Heart attacks
  • Stroke
  • Irregular heartbeat

The Verdict

There’s no hard or fast rule in determining when one should take Viagra to treat ED. As long as you’re 18 and above and looking to own your health, mind, and body, there will always be clear skies ahead. Generally, taking Viagra to treat ED has been highly successful for many - so stop worrying and start looking after yourself! 


If you’re looking to seek treatment, the best option will be to book a consultation with a doctor. Here at Noah, doctors on our platform are more than happy to assist and advise you on the next best steps. 


Through our discreet services, all you have to do is visit our website and answer an online evaluation. A licensed doctor will speak to you shortly. 


We understand the stigma associated with ED. We understand the fear and uncertainty that comes with consuming these medications for the first time. At Noah, we aim to make your healthcare journey a smooth and worry-free one.

References

Feldman, Henry A., et al. “Impotence and Its Medical and Psychosocial Correlates: Results of the Massachusetts Male Aging Study.” Journal of Urology, vol. 151, no. 1, Jan. 1994, pp. 54–61., https://doi.org/10.1016/s0022-5347(17)34871-1. [Link]

MacKay, Robert. “Sildenafil Will Not Affect Libido - Fact!.” Sildenafil Will Not Affect Libido - Fact!, The Online Clinic, 24 Dec. 2012, https://www.theonlineclinic.co.uk/news/2012/12/24/SildenafilWillNotAffectLibidoFact.aspx. [Link]

Papagiannopoulos, Dimitri, et al. “Evaluation of Young Men with Organic Erectile Dysfunction.” Asian Journal of Andrology, vol. 17, no. 1, 2015, p. 11., https://doi.org/10.4103/1008-682x.139253. [Link]

Sairam, Krishnamurthy, et al. “Oral Sildenafil (Viagra™) in Male Erectile Dysfunction: Use, Efficacy and Safety Profile in an Unselected Cohort Presenting to a British District General Hospital.” BMC Urology, vol. 2, no. 1, 2002, https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2490-2-4. [Link]

Shindel, A.W. “Internet-Ordered Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) Is Rarely Genuine.” Yearbook of Urology, vol. 2013, 27 Aug. 2013, pp. 71–72., https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yuro.2012.12.021. [Link]

Shindel, A.W. “Recreational Use of Erectile Dysfunction Medications in Undergraduate Men in the United States: Characteristics and Associated Risk Factors.” Yearbook of Urology, vol. 2012, 2012, pp. 90–91., https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yuro.2011.08.002. [Link] 

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