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What Happens When You Take Viagra For The First Time?

So you’ve been prescribed Viagra, but you’re still not quite sure what happens when you take Viagra for the first time? In this article, we’ll be explaining what Viagra is, how to take your first Viagra pill, and what to expect.

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What Is Viagra?

So, what is Viagra anyway, and how does it work? Viagra is an oral medication pill that is prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) in males. The main ingredient in Viagra is Sildenafil, which helps to dilate your blood vessels and increase the flow of blood to the penile tissues. This in turn will help you achieve and maintain an erection.


If you are currently struggling with erectile dysfunction and would like to be prescribed ED medication, you should consult a doctor. Here at Noah, doctors on our platform can prescribe you generic Viagra if it is suitable for you, and determine the dosage and method of intake best suited to your needs.

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How Do I Take My First Viagra Pill?

Viagra is carried to the penis via the bloodstream, and its active ingredients help trigger chemical reactions that in turn help you maintain an erection. Thus, it is important to take Viagra with neutral liquids, such as water or milk, to avoid drug interactions and safely deliver Viagra to target organs.


Viagra should be taken with at least half a glass of water or milk at room temperature, 1 hour before sexual activity on an empty stomach. If you would like to eat beforehand, avoid any large or fatty meals as these could delay the absorption and efficiency of Viagra. However, rest assured that Viagra will eventually work whether paired with a meal or not.


To prevent any adverse drug interactions, it is best to avoid taking Viagra with fruit juice and alcohol. 


Grapefruit juice is known to delay the absorption of Viagra, thus increasing the levels of Viagra in your bloodstream. This heightens the risk of side effects such as flushing and indigestion.


On the other hand, alcohol lowers your blood pressure, inhibiting the free flow of blood into the penis. Alcohol also relaxes the muscles of your body and slows down bodily responses, which not only makes it more difficult to achieve an erection, but also hinders sexual performance. This counteracts the effects of Viagra, reducing its effectiveness.


What Should I Expect After Taking Viagra?

Will Viagra Work The First Time I Take It?


While the effects of Viagra differ from person to person, Viagra has a rather high success rate, and works well for 70-80% of men experiencing erectile dysfunction. However, do note that a lack of sexual arousal, performance anxiety and other medical issues could hinder Viagra's ability to kick in. 


If Viagra doesn’t work the first time, don’t be too alarmed! For some, it may take two or three tries for Viagra to start working. But if you’re experiencing persistent difficulties even after multiple attempts, you may want to consult a doctor on our platform for an evaluation.

How Long Will The Effects Of Viagra Last?


Viagra is absorbed quickly by the body, and typically starts to work within 30 to 60 minutes. The effects of Viagra usually last for 2 to 3 hours from the time of consumption. Do note that this does not mean that your boner will last for 3 hours. Rather, if you are aroused during this time frame, you are more likely to achieve and maintain an erection for sex. 

Should I Be Concerned About Side Effects?

While the majority of people who take Viagra do not experience any side effects whatsoever, some users who take Viagra do report minor side effects. Even so, you may rest assured that any side effects experienced tend to be mild and temporary. Common side effects include:

  • Indigestion
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Facial flushing


Serious, but relatively uncommon, side effects include chest pain or priapism (a painful erection lasting for over 4 hours). Should you experience such effects, do seek medical attention immediately.

Myths About Viagra

While Viagra is a effective drug, there are some things that you shouldn’t expect from this little blue pill. In the following section, we bust some common myths about Viagra.

Viagra Will Not Make You Last Longer 

Firstly, Viagra will not make you last longer. While Viagra helps you to get an erection, it does not affect ejaculation. 


Hence, if you find that you are ejaculating too early, Viagra won’t do anything to solve that. If you’re currently experiencing premature ejaculation, you may want to consider taking medication for premature ejaculation instead.


However, do note that Viagra can still help you achieve and maintain an erection shortly after ejaculation.

Viagra Will Not Make Your Penis Larger

Viagra also won’t increase the size of your penis. And neither will it give you an erection larger than your usual maximum size. 


However, Viagra does allow a greater volume of blood to enter the penis, helping you achieve and maintain a stronger erection.

Viagra Will Not Give You An Instant Or Lasting Erection

Finally, Viagra also won’t give you an instant erection. It typically takes 30 to 60 minutes for Viagra to kick in, and you will need to be sexually aroused in order for the drug to take effect.


Also rest assured that even though Viagra can last for up to 5 hours in your body, Viagra will not make your erection last even after arousal has subsided. However, should you experience priapism (a painful erection lasting for over 4 hours), you should contact a medical professional for advice.

The Takeaway

To sum up, you should take your first Viagra pill with at least half a glass of water or milk at room temperature, about 1 hour before initiating any sexual activity. For Viagra to work best, it is also recommended that you limit alcohol consumption and keep your meals light before taking Viagra.


Viagra is likely to work the first time, though it may take several goes for it to work. The effects of Viagra typically last for 2 to 3 hours, and may even last up to 5 hours for some. Side effects of Viagra are typically mild and temporary, and are only present in a minority of men who take Viagra.


Finally, do note that Viagra won’t make you last longer, make your penis larger, or give you an instant or lasting erection. 


​​If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, it is advisable that you consult a doctor. Here at Noah, our doctors are best equipped with the knowledge to help you ascertain the root cause of your ED and can determine whether generic Viagra is right for you. They will be able to advise you on the best treatment suited for you, and can also prescribe you the right medication should you need it.

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“What to Expect When Taking Viagra for the First Time - Webmd.” Accessed December 7, 2021. (Link) 

“Viagra before and After.” Superdrug Online Doctors. Accessed December 7, 2021. (Link


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December 13, 2021

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