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Is There a Way to Tell if a Man is Taking Viagra?

April 11, 2024
4 mins

There’s tons of misconceptions about Viagra®, including how it works, the effect it has on the penis, and how long it lasts. But if your partner has started taking this “miracle drug” or you are curious about if he should, we’ve got some answers for you. 

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How Does Viagra Work?

We’ve all heard about the little blue pill men can take that really impresses in the bedroom. It’s called Viagra and it helps men with erectile dysfunction get and sustain erections. 

Viagra is a medication known as a PDE5 inhibitor. Its active ingredient sildenafil works by improving blood flow to the penis. PDE5 inhibitors help blood vessels relax, which promotes free-flowing blood throughout the body, including to the penis.

What Happens When You Take Viagra?

Viagra isn’t a medication that will automatically give you an erection, make you good at sex, or give you an emotional connection to your partner. 

But, it can help you get hard – and stay hard. This may give you the extra boost of confidence in the bedroom you were missing out on before you popped your new “helper”. 

About 30 minutes after taking Viagra (sometimes longer if you’ve had a high-fat meal close to the time you took it), your blood vessels will have begun to relax and your body flow will have improved. 

This means that after some stimulation or sexual arousal, your dick may get hard faster than usual, may be harder than it normally is, and may stay harder for longer. 

It’s important to note that Viagra plays no role in the emotional connection that sometimes happens during sex. If you take Viagra, it won’t make you more sexually attracted to your partner, just like if your partner takes Viagra, it doesn’t mean they’re not attracted to you. 

Viagra is typically prescribed to men who have erectile dysfunction and who cannot sustain a healthy erection due to an underlying health condition. 

How Do You Know When Viagra is Working?

The best way to figure out if Viagra is working is to try to get an erection. Whether you’re trying it out on yourself or your partner is, you’ll know whether or not Viagra’s working. 

Like we’ve said, Viagra won’t immediately give you a hard-on, increase your sex drive, or your desire to have sex at that moment. There are also no noticeable effects on the way you think or feel – it’s only physical when stimulated.

What Should I Expect if My Partner Takes Viagra?

Once your partner starts taking Viagra, you should expect no interruptions to your sex life. 

If your partner was typically having partial or floppy erections, or was unsuccessful in achieving an erection at all, that’ll most likely come to an end if he’s been taking the medication. 

For some men, starting on the little blue pill may mean that they have to switch certain medications they’re on, which could be a sign that your partner is taking Viagra. 

Another sign could be if your partner starts cutting back on alcohol. While it’s not dangerous to drink in moderation while taking Viagra, slowing down on the drinks can be beneficial for having a healthy erection.

If your partner sustains an erection for longer than four hours, it’s likely due to a medication like Viagra. This is called priapism, and it requires immediate medical attention.

While these may be signs that your partner has taken Viagra, you can never be sure unless you’ve had a conversation about the recent changes in your sex life and you discuss how Viagra may be playing a role in that. 

Will Viagra Help My Partner Stay Hard After Coming?

The refractory period is the time after a man ejaculates when he is no longer sexually responsive. During this time, a man isn’t able to have another orgasm, and typically he’s not able to get another erection. 

Every man’s refractory period is different, with some men’s lasting a few minutes and others’ lasting over a day. 

Viagra isn’t the type of medication that can help a man “go all night”, but it has been suggested that it can shorten the refractory period in some cases. 

Will My Partner Experience Side Effects With Viagra?

Like any medication, there are potential side effects associated with Viagra. Common side effects of Viagra include:

  • Indigestion

  • Muscle pain

  • Blurred vision and/or changes in color vision

  • Back pain

  • Dizziness 

  • Nausea

  • Rash

  • Headaches

  • Nasal congestion 

  • Facial flushing

In rare cases, Viagra can also cause more severe side effects, including

  • Sudden loss of vision

  • Loss of hearing

  • Damage to the optic nerve 

If you notice any of these serious side effects after you or your partner take Viagra, seek medical attention right away. 

There is also the potential for priapism when taking Viagra. This is a prolonged, painful erection. If you or your partner takes Viagra and has an erection for four hours or more, seek medical attention immediately.

Viagra is a safe and effective medication for most men. However, it’s important to speak to your healthcare provider before using it, especially if you have a personal history of medical issues such as (but not limited to):

  • High blood pressure

  • Sickle cell anemia

  • Peyronie’s disease

  • Heart disease 

  • Recent heart problems or heart failure

  • A previous heart attack or cardiovascular event

How Can Rex MD Help?

If you’re looking to get a little help in the bedroom, Rex MD offers Viagra (and its general version sildenafil) to eligible men. 

Another option is Cialis (tadalafil), which is also a PDE5 inhibitor that has been proven to be highly effective. 

Either way, with Rex MD on your side, you’re sure to perform in the bedroom. Get started today!

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