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Viagra Connect (sildenafil citrate)

Viagra Connect (sildenafil citrate) allows men with erectile dysfunction (ED) to achieve and sustain an erection when sexually aroused. Complete our online consultation and a doctor will recommend a suitable treatment. Choose Same-Day Collection from a LloydsPharmacy, Next-Day or Free Standard Delivery.

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    Sildenafil citrate 50mg | from £4.37 per tablet

    Viagra Connect

    Key Features
    • Viagra Connect should be taken one hour before sex - it can remain effective for up to 4 hours
    • Men can gain a firmer and longer-lasting erection when aroused
    • Same active ingredient as Viagra and generic, cost-effective Sildenafil (sildenafil citrate)
    Viagra Connect contains the active ingredient sildenafil and the treatment has helped millions of men who experience ED.
    Dr Clyde Mackey

    Viagra Connect (sildenafil citrate) erectile dysfunction treatment

    The medicine

    Viagra Connect (sildenafil citrate) belongs to a class of medicines known as 'PDE-5 inhibitors'. 

    These can help men with erectile dysfunction (or impotence) by increasing the blood flow into the erectile tissue in the penis when aroused.

    Viagra Connect comes in a 50mg dose only. Higher or lower doses of the same active ingredient are only available as prescription-only medicines such as the cost-effective generic Sildenafil or the branded Viagra

    How to take it

    • Take one tablet an hour before sex.
    • Viagra Connect works best when absorbed on an empty stomach.
    • Positive effects usually last for four to five hours.
    • Never take more than one tablet within a 24 hour period.
    • Avoid taking Viagra Connect with more than one or two units of alcohol as this can limit its effectiveness.

    How it works

    Viagra Connect works by helping to increase blood flow into the erectile tissue of the penis. It does not affect your sexual desire but will improve your erection if sexually aroused.

    Viagra Connect will not resolve the underlying physical cause of your erectile dysfunction.

    As erectile dysfunction can be a symptom of other underlying conditions such as vascular disease, it is important to have your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and hormone levels checked. It is also advisable to have a prostate assessment with your GP, particularly if you are over the age of 40.       

    Effectiveness

    When taken on an empty stomach, Viagra Connect should become effective within 60 minutes. The treatment only works if you are sexually aroused. Viagra can remain effective in the body for four to five hours. 

    Its effectiveness depends upon the cause and severity of your erectile dysfunction. 
    If you require a different dose, you could try the prescription medicines Sildenafil or Viagra (25mg, 50mg, 100mg). 

    Even if you find that Viagra Connect does not work the first time, it could nevertheless be effective the next time you take it. We advise trying all ED medicines up to eight times.  If you find that the treatment still does not work for you, please speak to one of our clinicians about your options.

    Side effects

    Side effects for Viagra Connect are rare but can include nausea, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhoea, headache, allergic rash and back pain.
    Additional side effects may include facial flushing, feeling lightheaded, a stuffy nose, blurred vision, indigestion and a pounding heartbeat.

    Taking other medicines with Viagra Connect

    Viagra Connect’s active ingredient (sildenafil citrate) can interact with some medicines, especially those containing nitrates which are usually used to treat particular heart conditions.
    If you are taking nicorandil or nitrates, such as GTN spray or isosorbide mononitrate, then Viagra Connect is unsuitable, and our clinicians will not prescribe it.
    If you are using alpha-blockers, then you should allow at least six hours between taking your alpha-blocker and Viagra Connect.
    It is vital that you let us know which medicines and recreational drugs you are taking in the online questionnaire so that our doctors can prescribe you with Viagra Connect safely.

    Reordering Viagra Connect

    To reorder Viagra Connect, go to your Patient Record and select ‘reorder’. You will be required to fill in the online questionnaire each time you reorder.
    A subscription service is not currently available for Viagra Connect. Sildenafil, which contains the same active ingredient

    Alternative treatments

    Counselling may help to treat the psychological causes of erectile dysfunction. You may be able to receive this support from specific sexual health clinics (also known as GUM clinics). Ask your GP about a referral.