Viagra Connect

Sildenafil

Viagra Connect is a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction. Manufactured by Pfizer, Viagra Connect is the name given to the rebranded version of the 50mg dose of the original, containing sildenafil.

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Viagra Connect contains 50mg of the active ingredient, sildenafil. Take according to the directions issued by your doctor or pharmacist.

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Viagra Connect is a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction. Manufactured by Pfizer, Viagra Connect is the name given to the rebranded version of the 50mg dose of the original, containing sildenafil.

You can buy Viagra Connect online simply and safely using our confidential pharmacy service. Medications are dispensed at our UK pharmacy, before being shipped in discreet, secure packaging, by 24-hour courier.

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Product information

Viagra Connect is a tablet medication for erectile dysfunction. Like the original, Viagra, Pfizer manufacture and market the treatment, which contains the same active ingredient and performs the same function in the body. Unlike the original, however, Viagra Connect is available in only one dose (50mg). Furthermore, as a pharmacy only (or P) medication, Viagra Connect can be issued by a pharmacist and does not require a doctor’s prescription.

It was reclassified by the MHRA as a pharmacy medication in 2017, and is expected to become available in 2018.

What is erectile dysfunction?

Also known as impotence, or ED, erectile dysfunction is a condition where a man is unable to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse.

Most men will experience something akin to this on at least an occasional basis throughout their lives. However, erectile dysfunction is said to be present if the problem persists.

There are several possible causes.

In some cases, this might be circumstantial. For instance, a man may have problems getting an erection if he has consumed a lot of alcohol, or taken recreational drugs.

At other times, psychological factors can inhibit erectile potency. To give an example, a man may be eager to impress a new partner when having sex with them for the first time, and the resultant psychological pressure of the situation may cause them to experience erectile difficulties. Other distractions, such as anxiety or stress related to another part of a man’s life, may also induce the problem.

Medical factors can cause restrictions in blood flow to the penis, and this can prevent erections from occurring easily too. Among these are conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

The condition is more common in men aged 40 and over, and is thought to affect around half of all men in this age range; however, many men in their 20s and 30s experience the problem too.

How is it treated?

In a variety of ways. Addressing the potential causes is usually the first step.

There are a range of lifestyle measures someone who is experiencing erectile dysfunction can take to limit and reverse the problem. If someone smokes, quitting can help; as can keeping alcohol intake to a minimum, particularly a few hours prior to sex. Refraining from using recreational drugs can also help.

Where anxiety or stress may be the cause, speaking to the partner about the problem or seeking counselling are some of the options that might be considered.

Rarely, erectile dysfunction can be a sign of a more serious health issue; so if someone who normally has little problem getting and keeping an erection develops symptoms of ED, they should see their doctor for advice. They may decide to conduct some tests to see if there is an underlying condition responsible. In such cases, addressing the underlying condition can sometimes help to alleviate symptoms.

Medication is available for erectile dysfunction in various forms. Viagra is perhaps the most well-known among these.

How does Viagra Connect work?

For an erection to occur, several reactions must take place in the body. This results in the widening of blood vessels around the penis, which enables blood to flow into the smooth muscle tissue (corpus cavernosum), and prevents it from leaving. A chemical compound called cyclic guanosine monophosphate, or cGMP, is integral in this process, and works as a messenger telling blood vessels to widen.

When erectile dysfunction occurs, this can be due to the over-presence of an enzyme called cGMP-specific phosphodiesterase type 5, or PDE5. This enzyme restricts the action of cGMP, causing blood vessels around the penis to become tight, thus restricting penile blood flow and inducing ED.

Viagra Connect contains an active ingredient called sildenafil, which is a PDE5 inhibitor. It works by preventing PDE5 from restricting blood flow to the penis; enabling a firmer and longer-lasting erection.

How can I get Viagra Connect?

The medicine is available to buy from most pharmacies.

While Viagra Connect does not require a doctor’s prescription, you will need to provide answers to some questions from a pharmacist before they can issue it. These will be about your general health, and whether you are taking any other medications or have any conditions that could mean the treatment isn't suitable for you.

You can buy Viagra Connect tablets online from our UK-based pharmacy, and have it delivered to your chosen address by special courier. To start your consultation with our pharmacist, click ‘buy now’ and take our medical questionnaire. Once they reviewed your case and approved your treatment, your medication will be dispensed and shipped.

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Directions

Make sure you read the instructions provided in the leaflet carefully before you use this treatment, and follow the directions given to your by the pharmacist.

How to take Viagra Connect

  • Take one tablet around one hour prior to sexual intercourse
  • Swallow the tablet whole with water (do not crush or chew)
  • Never take more than one tablet in 24 hours
  • You will need to be sexually aroused for this drug to work
  • The leaflet advises that for the majority of men, Viagra Connect works on the first or second time of use
  • If you feel as though it is not working, ask your doctor for advice
  •  If you feel as through the effects are too strong or experience mild side effects, again, ask your doctor for further guidance
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop any side effects that become serious
  • Speak to your doctor if you take more than you should

You should never take recreational drugs, such as ‘poppers’, cocaine or ecstasy, at the same time as erectile dysfunction medicines, as this can be extremely harmful.

If you are unsure about anything to do this medicine, ask your pharmacist or your doctor for help.

Page last reviewed:  20/06/2018
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Viagra Connect 50mg

Side effects

Side effects

Not everyone who uses this medicine will experience side effects, but you should still be aware of what these may include, so that you can seek medical attention where required.

If you develop any of the following side effects, stop using Viagra Connect and speak to your doctor immediately:

  • pain in the chest
  • a prolonged or painful erection lasting more than 4 hours
  • sight loss
  • allergic reaction (such as hives, swelling of the face, throat or lips, or difficulty breathing)
  • skin reaction (peeling, swelling or blistering)
  • a seizure or a fit

Very common (1 in 10 people or more):

Headache.

Common (1 in 10 people or less):

Nausea, indigestion, blocked nose, dizziness, flushing, visual disturbances.

Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):

Vomiting, abdominal pain, heartburn, skin rash, pain in the arms or legs, nosebleed, feeling hot, tiredness, eye irritation, bloodshot, red or painful eyes, eye pain, visual brightness, flashes, photosensitivity, watery eyes, palpitations, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, muscle pain, reduced sense of touch, vertigo, ringing in the ears, dry mouth, blocked sinuses, inflammation of the lining of the nose, blood in the urine.

Rare (1 in 1,000 people or less):

Fainting, dryness or swelling inside the nose, feeling irritable, sudden loss of hearing, stroke, heart attack, irregular heartbeat, temporarily decreased blood flow to parts of the brain, feeling of tightening of the throat, numb mouth, bleeding at the back of the eye, abnormal sensation in the eye, swelling of the eye or eyelid, spots in the vision, discolouration of the white of the eye, penile bleeding, blood in semen.

This is not a complete list of side effects. For a more comprehensive list, please consult the leaflet provided.

Warnings

Taking it with other medicines and contraindications

Do not take Viagra Connect if you also take:

  • nitrates or nitric oxide donors medicines (such as glyceryl trinitrate, isosorbide mononitrate, isosorbide dinitrate for angina or heart failure, or amyl nitrite or ‘poppers’, nicorandil or sodium nitroprusside), as this may cause a drastic and life-threatening fall in blood pressure;
  • riociguat, or other guanylate cyclase stimulator drugs used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension;
  • ritonavir for HIV.

Inform the pharmacist of all medications you are taking or have recently taken during consultation.

This is particularly important if you are taking or have recently taken:

  • another treatment for erectile dysfunction;
  • alpha-blockers such as alfuzosin, doxazosin or tamsulosin, used in benign prostatic hyperplasia;
  • protease inhibitors (saquinavir) for HIV;
  • cimetidine
  • itraconazole or ketoconazole
  • or erythromycin.

If you are taking any of these medications, Viagra may not be suitable for you, or it may be necessary for you to start on a lower dose.

Conditions to look out for

This medication should not be taken by women, or by males under the age of 18.

It is also not suitable for men who:

  • do not have an erection problem;
  • are allergic to sildenafil or any of the other ingredients of this medicine;
  • have been advised by a doctor to avoid sexual activity due to heart or circulation problems;
  • have ever had loss of vision because of damage to the optic nerve;
  • have low blood pressure;
  • have a severe liver problem;
  • or have any disease or deformity of the penis (such as Peyronie’s disease).

Tell the pharmacist or doctor about any conditions you have or have had in the past during consultation. This is particularly important if you have any of the following, as special caution or a lower dose may be required:

  • heart or blood vessel problems;
  • diabetes;
  • high blood pressure;
  • high cholesterol;
  • breathlessness or feelings of pain in the chest with light or moderate activity;
  • a problem with one of the valves in your heart (valvular heart disease);
  • cardiomyopathy;
  • an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia);
  • in the past had surgery to improve blood flow to the heart, or have high blood pressure which is now under control;
  • ever in the past had an erection that lasted more than 4 hours even without any physical or psychological stimulation;
  • sickle cell anaemia;
  • leukaemia;
  • multiple myeloma;
  • a stomach ulcer or a bleeding disorder;
  • in the past had mild to moderate liver disease, or severe kidney problems.

Contents and allergies

Viagra Connect contains: microcrystalline cellulose, calcium hydrogen phosphate (anhydrous), croscarmellose sodium and magnesium stearate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E171), lactose, triacetin and indigo carmine aluminium lake (E132).

Do not use it if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.

Food, alcohol and grapefruit juice

Consuming alcohol can make erectile dysfunction worse. It is recommended that you do not drink alcohol in excessive amounts when using this treatment.

Viagra Connect can be taken with or without food. It may take longer to work when taken with a large meal.

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with this drug. Do not consume either while using Viagra.

Recreational drugs

Taking recreational drugs at the same time as erectile dysfunction treatments is very dangerous, and greatly increases the risk of serious adverse reactions. Do not take any recreational drugs if you are taking or planning to take Viagra.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Viagra Connect is not suitable for women.

Driving and using machinery

This medicine may cause side effects such as dizziness or vision problems. If you are affected by these, do not drive or use machines, and let your doctor know.

Lactose intolerance

This drug contains lactose. If you are intolerant to any sugars, tell your pharmacist or prescriber.

Page last reviewed:  20/06/2018
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Viagra Connect 50mg

Q&A

How should I store it?

In a safe place, at room temperature and out of the reach of children.

Is Viagra Connect available over the counter?

Not quite. A prescription is not required to buy Viagra Connect, but someone looking to get it will still need to answer a few questions from their pharmacist before it can be supplied.

What is the difference between Viagra and Viagra Connect?

None. They’re the same drug, manufactured and marketed by the same company. The only differences are the name, and that Viagra Connect is only available in one dose (50mg), whereas Viagra is also available in 25mg and 100mg doses.

How to buy Viagra Connect online

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