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ABOUT YOU AND YOUR SYMPTOMS

Are you male?

Do you persistently have problems getting or keeping an erection when sexually aroused?

Have you ever experienced any of the following?

  • Dizziness or light-headedness immediately after standing
  • Severe breathlessness, clamminess/sweatiness whilst exercising or doing a strenuous activity
  • Pain, heaviness or tightness in your chest that may have spread into your left shoulder/arm or into your neck

Have you ever been advised by a doctor or health care professional to avoid strenuous exercise or do you experiences shortness of breath and/or chest pain when walking for more than 5 minutes at a fast pace?

ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

Have you had your blood pressure checked in the last 6 months?

This can often be done in your GP waiting room or at the local pharmacy

Was your last blood pressure reading between 100/60-140/90?

If you are unsure, you can often check your blood pressure in a GP waiting room or at your local pharmacy.

Is your BMI over 25?

You can check your BMI here

Do you smoke?

Do you consume more than 14 units of alcohol per week?

If you drink alcohol, you can use the following values as a rough guide to help you work out how many units of alcohol you drink in a week

  • A small shot of spirit – 1 unit
  • A small glass of wine – 1.5 units
  • A can of beer/larger/cider – 2 units
  • A large class of wine – 3 units

Do you have any allergies to any medication or substances?

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Are you taking any of the following medications?

  • Recreational Drugs called “poppers” (amyl nitrite)
  • Nitrate spray, tablets, patches, gels, or creams
  • Nicorandil
  • Riociguat or other granulate cyclase stimulators for lung problems
  • Ritonavir (for HIV infection)
  • Riociguat or other granulate cyclase stimulators for lung problems
  • Any other CYP3A4 inhibitors (for HIV infection), erythromycin, rifampicin, itraconazole, ketaconazole, cimetidine, diltiazem.
  • Alpha blockers such as alfuzosin, doxazosin, tamsulosin

Are you taking any other medication, or have you recently finished a course of medication?

This includes medication prescribed by your doctor, bought in the pharmacy or online, herbal supplements, recreations drugs

This includes tablets, patches, inhalers, injections, contraception and all other forms of medication

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Have you ever had any of the following problems?

  • An erection that has lasted more than 4 hours
  • A physical condition affecting the shape of the penis (e.g. angulation, Peyronie’s disease, cavernosal fibrosis)
  • Diabetes
  • Eye problems such as degenerative retinal disorders or macular degeneration?
  • Heart problems such as angina, cardiomyopathy, uncontrolled blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm, heart attack, heart operation
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Stroke

Do you suffer from any other medical problems?

This also includes previous admissions to the hospital or any surgeries

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

Do you have a family history of any medical conditions?

Do any medical conditions run in the family? Such as heart problems, diabetes, blood disorders etc?

Answer ‘no’ if this does not apply to you

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO KNOW

I am NOT taking any nitrate medication.

Nitrate medication is often taken for chest pain/angina. It an be administered as a spray, tablet or patch. Included glycerol-tri-nitrate, GTN, isosorbide mononitrate, isosorbide dinitrate, nicorandil etc.
This medication can cause a fatal interaction with treatment for erectile disfunction medication.

I am aware that I should not take any combination of erectile dysfunction medication at the same time

I understand that I should seek immediate medical advice of I have a continuous erection for 4 hours or more

AGREEMENT

I agree to the following

  • I am 18 years of age or older
  • This treatment is for my use only
  • I confirm that I have understood all the questions asked and have answered all questions to the best of my knowledge.
  • I have read the patient information leaflet supplied with this medication
  • I will contact e-Surgery and inform my GP if I experience any side effects from this treatment or if there are any changes to my health
  • I have answered all questions truthfully and accurately.

I have read, understood and agree to abide by terms and conditions and privacy policy and cookie policy of e-Surgery

What is this?

Your answers form the basis of your medical consultation. It is important you are open and honest, so our doctors can ensure this medication safe and effective for you

Viagra Connect

Viagra Connect is the over the counter version of Viagra, a drug that has helped millions of men with erectile dysfunction. It contains the same active ingredient (sildenafil) but comes only in the 50mg strength.

For cheaper unbranded alternatives to Viagra Connect, please see our Sildenafil (Viagra). 

Please choose your desired quantity and answer our quick questionnaire to help our Pharmacist make sure this treatment is safe for you to take. 

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Important Facts About Viagra Connect

Most frequent questions and answers about using Viagra Connect to treat erectile dysfunction

Viagra connect contains the active ingredient sildenafil, which is a type of phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor. It works by relaxing the blood vessels in your penis, allowing blood flow to your penis when you are sexually excited, causing an erection. Viagra connect tablets only help if you are sexually excited.

Viagra connect is a tablet treatment for adult men (aged 18 years or older) with erectile dysfunction. 

Erectile dysfunction, often shortened to ED, is when a man cannot get or keep an erection hard enough for sexual activity.

Viagra connect tablets can be used to treat erectile dysfunction.

Erections depend on many things, including proper blood flow to the penis. If blood cannot flow adequately to the penis, it can cause erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is a common problem and can affect men differently. Some men cannot get an erection, other men can get an erection but it may not be hard enough for sex, or they may lose their erection before or during sex.

You should not take Viagra connect if:

  • You do not have an erection problem
  • You take any nitrates
  • You take riociguat
  • You take ritonavir 
  • You have been advised by your doctor to avoid sexual activity
  • Have ever had loss of vision due to damage to the optic nerve
  • Have inherited eye disease
  • Have low blood pressure
  • Have a severe liver problem
  • Have a disease or deformity of your penis
  • are a woman
  • are under 18 years old

As with any form of medication, Viagra Connect tablets have side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Viagra Connect.  Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Viagra Connect Tablets :

  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Stuffy nose
  • Dizziness
  • Facial flushing/hot flush
  • Colour tinge to vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Visual disturbance

For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Viagra Connect. 

Viagra connect is commonly taken in an effort to increase sexual performance. However, due to the risk of side effects it should only be used to treat erectile dysfunction. 

Always take Viagra connect exactly as your doctor has told you, and check with your doctor/pharmacist if you are unsure.

Swallow one Viagra Connect tablet whole with water, as needed, approximately one hour before sexual activity

The amount of time Viagra Connect takes to work, varies person to person. But Viagra Connect normally takes 30 to 60 minutes to work after taking the Viagra Connect tablet. 

You can only take one tablet of Viagra Connect a day. You will not get an erection just by taking Viagra Connect. This medicine will only help you get an erection if you are sexually aroused. You and your partner should engage in foreplay just as you would if you were not taking a medicine for erectile dysfunction.

Keep Viagra Connect tablets out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not store Viagra Connect above 30°C.

Always store Viagra Connect in the original package in order to protect from moisture.

Do not use Viagra Connect after the expiry date which is stated on the carton.

Do not throw away any unused Viagra Connect tablets via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the
environment.

Click here for a PDF copy of the patient information leaflet

Learn More About Erectile Dysfunction

Most frequent questions and answers about erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED), sometimes called impotence is a common issue in males. ED is the inability to achieve/maintain an erection with is suitable enough to carry out sexual activities.

It is an age associated condition, and is treatable and thus normally nothing to worry about.

Erectile dysfunction is not neccessarily a curable disease; however, it is more certainly treatable.

  • Oral Drugs 
  • Injection Therapy
  • MUSE (medicated urethral system for erection)
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Hormonal supplements 
  • Penile implants
  • Sex therapy 

Erection problems can be caused by a variety of things.

Most men may occasionally fail to achieve or maintain an erection due to stress, tiredness, drinking too much alcohol or anxiety. If you are unable to achieve or maintain an erection regularly, it could be a sign of an underlying health condition. If this is the case, you should visit your GP or a sexual health clinic.

Possible causes of erectile dysfunction include: 

  • Narrowing of penis blood vessels
  • High cholesterol
  • Hormone problems
  • Other medication interfering with your erection
  • Diabetes
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Prostate gland surgery
     

In order to get harder and stronger erections, after being diagnosed with erectile dysfunction, there are a series of medications available:

  • Oral Drugs – Work by increasing the blood flow to the penis by relaxing penile blood vessels.
  • Injection Therapy – An injectable form of medication, which is inserted into the penis just before sexual activity.
  • MUSE (medicated urethral system for erection) – A pill that you inject in the tip of the penis.
  • Vacuum pumps – A vacuum pump is placed over the penis, causing increased blood flow. A constrictor ring is then placed as the base of the penis to trap the blood, sustaining a hard erection for sexual activity.
  • Hormonal supplements  – If low testosterone levels is the cause of ed, testosterone can be given.
  • Penile implants – Used as a last resort to mechanically increase blood flow
  • Sex therapy – Used if the cause of ed is psychological. 

Natural long-term solutions to helping erectile dysfunction can include exercise or lifestyle changes. Decreased circulation can be caused by fatty diets and low levels of exercise. Therefore, eating healthy and carrying out more exercise can help with ED.

Sex therapy is a natural method of treating ED, and is especially effective as dealing with ED caused by psychological effects.

Erectile dysfunction pills, otherwise known as blue pills, are a form of ED medication that relax the blood vessels in your penis to increase blood flow. This increased blood flow helps for you to achieve and maintain an erection.

A range of ED pills are available, most of which require a prescription. For example, Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil), Spedra (avanafil) and Levitra. Viagra connect is the only over-the-counter ED medication, which does not require a prescription. 


Only males can get erectile dysfunction, as it is a condition relating to the penis. 

It is often psychological in origin and therefore males with high stress levels may be more likely to get erectile dysfunction. Other risk factors can include diabetes, obesity, spinal cord injury or prostate gland surgery.

ED is an age related condition, affecting about half of men by age 40.

Erectile dysfunction is the consistent inability to achieve or maintain a hard erection. Most men may occasionally fail to achieve or maintain an erection due to stress, tiredness, drinking too much alcohol or anxiety. 

If you suspect that you have erectile dysfunction, you should consult with your GP or visit a sexual health clinic to discuss treatment options.


You can find out more information about erectile dysfunction on a variety of websites. These include the NHS website, NHS inform, Mayo clinic and WebMD.

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