Alcohol & Drugs
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What’s the deal with viagra?

Viagra is a presecription medication used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. It acts by increasing blood flow to the genitals and voila, you've got a somewhat instant hard on.

Viagra is simply a brand name. The active ingredient in viagra is sildenafil citrate. Other medications such as Cialis (available in Australia) have the same active constituent, produce the same result and will effect the long and short term health of users similarly.

How does it work?

Viagra is found in tablet form. All sildenafil citrate products are manufactured either as a pill or an oral jelly. 

Effects

There is no such thing as a safe level of drug use. Substance use carries risk. It’s important to be careful when taking any drug. The effect of viagra can be felt anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour after being consumed. These effects are variable and dependent on:

  • A person’s body weight
  • General state of health
  • Regular use of substance
  • If taken in combination with other drugs including prescription medication
  • The amount that is consumed

Short Term Effects

Viagra relaxes the blood vessels in your cock, increasing the flow of blood and the result is an erection lasting anywhere from 4 to 36 hours. Your dick won't get hard though if you're not sexually stimulated, so don't go thinking that viagra will help you in getting it up for that person who you're just not that into. 

Overdoing viagra or any sildenafil citrate based product can result in priapism. That's doctor speak for a painful, rock hard erection that simply won't go away. Impotence and permanent damage to your dick can occur if you've had a hard on for more than 4 hours. 

Safety

There is no such thing as a safe level of drug use. Substance use carries risk. It’s important to be careful when taking any drug. The effects of viagra can be felt anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour after the drug has been consumed. These effects will vary dependent on:

  • A person’s body weight
  • General state of health
  • Regular use of substance
  • If taken in combination with other drugs including prescription medication
  • The amount that is consumed
  • The strength of the dose (25, 50, 100 or 150mg)

Mixing with Other Drugs

The combination of drugs such as Viagra and Amyl is dangerous as it lowers the blood pressure. When mixed with stimulants such as speed or cocaine Viagra will increase the stress levels on your heart and put the body under a lot of pressure.

Living with HIV

All recreational drug use whether it's with a legalised substance or not is likely to interact and maybe even interfere with your ARV's. Those drug interactions are the very thing that can lead to ARV treatment failure. By all means go hard on the weekend - just make sure that you are checking in regularly with an experienced HIV medical practitioner.

Interactions with HIV Medications

If you take protease inhibitors as part of your HIV treatment and add Viagra to the mix it can elevate the amount of the protease inhibitor within your system, placing excess stress on the liver.

Taking Hormones

For trans, gender diverse or intersex people who are taking some form of hormone therapy, it's important to be aware and informed of how your body processes these treatments.

Currently, there is limited information into the interactions and cross interactions of hormone therapy and recreational drug use but that doesn't mean we'll stop asking for it. Whether your hormones are prescribed by a doctor or you've sourced them yourself from the internet, make it a priority to get regular health checks. Sometimes, a change in dosage or preparation of hormones is needed and a qualified medical practitioner is the person best placed to advise you of this.

If you're not comfortable talking about your gender, gender identity or bodily difference with your doctor, get in touch and we can make recommendations for a service that is best placed to support your needs.

Interactions with Hormones

We don't know of any negative interactions between Viagra and the hormones prescribed for gender transitioning. This does not mean that it is safe. Exercise caution when mixing any form of drugs.

Treatment

How much Viagra is too much Viagra? If it's has begun to have a negative impact on your overall health or your relationships with family and friends, your ability to focus on work or study or perhaps even the bottom line on your bank account - it's time to TouchBase with somebody who can help.

There are a number of treatment options and support services available for you, for your family or friends if they need it.

Whatever your recovery goals are, if it is to control, reduce or stop smokng, reach out for some support.

Counselling & Support

Counselling can be provided individually or in a group situation, and is available to people who use alcohol or other drugs, and to their family members or support people. A support service can offer counselling or direct you to a service appropriate for you. Speak to your doctor, alcohol and other drugs treatment service or local community health service.

Find help and support services.

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation programs take a long term approach to treatment to help you achieve your goals with your alcohol or other drug use. Residential withdrawal is also available from some treatment services.

Find out more about withdrawal.

Complementary therapies

These include treatments such as massage and relaxation therapies, which can be useful to help you manage withdrawal symptoms. 

Peer support 

These programs are provided for people who use alcohol and other drugs, and their family members or support person/s. 

Important notice

Please note: The information given on this page is not medical advice and should not be relied upon in that way. Individuals wanting medical advice about Viagra should consult a health professional.