Viagra and alcohol

Is it safe to drink while taking Viagra?

Consumption of more than 2-3 units of alcohol can alter the effects of Viagra. Alcohol impairs the nervous system and therefore can make it harder to obtain an erection. High alcohol levels also interfere with the absorption of medication, and it can expel the medication more quickly from the body, as it tries to bring the alcohol levels down to normal. It is also worth noting that Viagra and alcohol can both lower your blood pressure, therefore you may also experience side effects such as dizziness and fainting.

What other factors affect the longevity of Viagra?

The medication dosage and effects of Viagra can vary from person to person. Some other factors which may influence the effects of Viagra are as follows:

  • Drug Interactions: Viagra can interact with different medications, which can affect its efficiency or cause unwanted side effects.
  • Health: Viagra is not recommended for older men suffering from liver or kidney problems. Since the liver is not in the best condition, it may take longer for Viagra to be broken down by the liver. On the other hand, kidney problems may result in the medication being removed from the body faster than desired.
  • Diet: Taking Viagra during a heavy meal, high in proteins and fats, can delay the effects of Viagra. The body will prioritise digesting the food, before the Viagra. Therefore, taking Viagra on an empty stomach can cause faster results.
  • Age: In men over 65 years old, the effects of Viagra are likely to last longer than in younger men. This is due to the slowing of metabolism when we age. In older men, the medication will stay in the bloodstream for longer, causing prolonged effects.

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