Sildenafil is an active ingredient of Viagra and a range of generic medications used in treating ED. It is known for high effectiveness. However, it is essential to know the safety information to enjoy the effects of the drug at minimum or no risk for health. Particularly, you should know if any problems may occur due to the use of the medicine containing sildenafil along with alcohol.
First of all, it is essential to understand that alcohol is actually one of the reasons why a man may experience erectile dysfunction. It may help you get rid of anxiety, but, eventually, it may affect an erection. Alcohol decreases the amount of blood in your penis, which makes it difficult to have a firm erection.
According to a study in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, about 72% of men with alcohol dependence were also suffering from sexual problems, including decreased libido, erectile problems, premature ejaculation, and problems with achieving orgasm. It was concluded that those men consuming 3 or more units of alcohol per day were at highest risk of sexual dysfunction than those men who did not drink. Moreover, the study also showed that these men who had stopped consuming alcohol for 2-3 months experienced improved sexual ability while those men consuming alcohol as usual had had the same problems.
Also, too much alcohol increases the risk of certain health problems that may result in erectile dysfunction, including decreased levels of testosterone and prostate problems. That is why if you have had problems with an erection due to the use of alcohol in the past, it is recommended to avoid using it along with ED medications containing sildenafil.
Another reason to avoid combining alcohol with sildenafil is that they can interact. Both substances may decrease your blood pressure, and the combination of them in your blood may cause a significant drop in your blood pressure, which may result in a range of unpleasant or even dangerous side effects, including:
- ✎ Headache;
- ✎ Light-headedness;
- ✎ Dizziness;
- ✎ Fainting;
- ✎ Heart palpitations.
So, do you need to avoid consuming alcohol completely along with sildenafil, or some amount is fine? Actually, you can have some alcohol like 2-3 units. One beer or a glass of wine are not expected to be harmful even if there are taken along with the medicine containing the active ingredient.