The most common misconceptions about Viagra

More than 20 years have passed since Viagra was introduced to the UK market in 1998. Today, the active ingredient Sildenafil is the most popular treatment for erectile dysfunction. Nevertheless, despite its popularity and wide recognition, we still hear of a lot of misconceptions which seemed to have prevailed over time.

We looked at the most common myths around Sildenafil (Viagra) and are aiming to bust one after another. After all, it’s important that those who suffer from ED (and their partners) know how it works and don’t just rely on old tales.

Myth 1: Viagra Works Immediately

Probably the most common misconception around Sildenafil (Viagra) is that it gives men erections immediately and uncontrollably. Actually, a common prank on bachelor parties is to secretly put tablets into the stag’s drink with the hope that he will get an embarrassing erection in a public setting.

However, this is false. Here is how it actually works:

  • The tablet alone will not give you an erection – you still need to be sexually aroused in order to get an erection
  • Sildenafil (Viagra) usually starts working after about 30 minutes. However, it can be as quick as 20 minutes or take up to 3 hours
  • If you've recently had a large, fatty meal it will likely take longer as this slows the absorption of the drug into your bloodstream
Myth 2: All Viagra sold online is counterfeit

While not all Sildenafil (Viagra) sold online is fake, the majority actually is and consumers should be cautious before buying prescription medication online. Data presented at the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine in 2012 showed that 77% of all Viagra sold online was counterfeit - often illegally imported from India or China.

Online Viagra fakes contained toxins and contaminants like drywall (plaster), printer ink, speed in the form of amphetamine, and metronidazole (used to treat yeast infections). Some of the fakes did contain some Sildenafil, but only 30% to 50% of the stated dosage.

If you're buying from an online pharmacy, make sure they are GPhC-registered, like we are. That way, you'll know the Sildenafil you receive in the post is authentic, approved and safe to use.

Myth 3: Viagra Increases Sex Drive

Oysters, licorice, strawberries - natural aphrodisiacs have been around since the beginning of time. And while there is no scientific proof around natural libido boosters, it is commonly believed that Sildenafil (Viagra) will give you an infusion of sex drive.

Sildenafil is an ED medication and used to help men who have difficulties getting or maintaining an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. Contrary to popular belief, it does not increase sex drive and as a matter of fact, you need to be sexually aroused for it to be effective.

Having said this, for some men Sildenafil can give an uplift in confidence and as a result, remove previously negative associations one had with sex. 

Myth 4: Viagra cures ED

Even though a lot of men see positive effects from using Viagra in quickly solving their ED problem, it is important to stress that it is often just a temporary cure of the symptom of the underlying problem.

It is important to find out why you may be experiencing ED. Just like to any other problem you may be experiencing, it is important to try to solve the underlying cause opposed to relying on medication. Read more about the causes of ED here.

Myth 5: Viagra is only for old men

This one is short: False.

A 2018 survey by a UK pharmacy recently revealed that 35% of men under 30 have experience erectile dysfunction. ED impacts all of us and doesn’t discriminate by age. Sildenafil is a treatment for men who have difficulties getting or maintaining an erection and can be used by men of all age groups. However, you need to be above the age of 18 to use Sildenafil (Viagra).