As with any drug, each person may experience different
absorption times. The directions suggest to take it one hour before
relations, however that is conservative on the long end because the
maker doesn't want to state a shorter time because that may not be
the case for very few men. My experience is 10 minutes, but it will
intensify in 20 minutes. You asked, "start" to work and that is 10
minutes. It also has a positive mental effect, in that you are
confident it will work, therefore you already think it is. If you
are going to eat a meal, take it before that to ensure it is
absorbed first. You can drink alcohol, but not to excess. I know of
no drug conflict, but drinking will diminish it's effect, just as
drinking and not taking it would.
Additionally, it is not necessary to take the entire pill. My
experience is that only a small portion of a 1mg pill will work
effectively; that being 1/6 of a pill. I break it in half, then cut
it into 3rds. Hold over a piece of paper, because it will leave the
inside "dust", which you can recover from the paper. Inside the
outer coating is like chalk. I know that sound small and it is, but
it does work, at least for me. If it doesn't, try another piece.
There's nothing wrong with taking more, but I see no need to take
more than you need and it is economical as well. You can't get more
than fully erect, so why waste it?
The problem with taking more, such as even half a pill (which I
would never do) is that if sex does not occur, you will certainly
wish it would and that can be frustrating.
You will not necessarily be physically be aware when it is
working unless you have some kind of mental or physically
stimulation. This can consist of only taking a leak and touching
yourself or concentrating on having sex. When you are exposed to
either or both of these, you will know that it is working and
expect an erection within 30 seconds and you will stay that way
until you orgasm or the stimulation is interrupted or ends. However
after the suggested hour, you definitely will get an erection with
the slightest touch. You probably won't want to go 4 hours or more
with an erection coming and going, so plan carefully or you might
have to excuse yourself for a few minutes to take care of that.
Major distractions will negate it's effectiveness and render it
useless and unnoticeable. An example of this would be an argument
or an emergency. It does not force and erection on its own, but
easily allows one.
Side effects are mild, but many men, including myself have
reported a light flushing in the face, but I doubt noticeable. This
is a very mild warming of the cheeks for the most part. It does
raise the heart beat and depending on your build, you may be the
only one to notice this, as the heart rate increases when aroused
anyway, but it can be distinct. However that can be a good thing,
because it tells you it is working. The flushing subsides
relatively quickly and after you take it a few times, you don't
think much about it. The heart rate however persists, yet decreases
Another effect, maybe not a side effect, is that you may
mentally want to have sex more under its influence, simply because
YOU know you have taken it and YOU know why and expect to, and you
are anticipating sex.
There are other prescription alternatives, but I have tried only
one; Levitra. This pill is round and smaller and a few dollars more
expensive, at about $15 per pill. The advantage to this small
wonder is that I have not experienced any side effects and it works
as fast and the lasting effects are much longer, without the
relatively immediate desire to have sex, but spread over a longer
time. It works just as well, but you don't mentally feel like you
must have sex right now, unless you get that mental and physical
stimulation as mentioned above. In that case, you will be ready.
This more calm approach might be because I know it will last longer
and I don't need to be in that 4 hour window that Viagra is said to
Another effect of Levitra is it's like a battery. It is not
limited to one encounter or 4 hours. If you have sex tonight, you
might also tomorrow morning. This is good for three reasons. If you
don't have sex tonight, you can still count on it working in the
morning. Or, if you have sex tonight, you can also have sex in the
morning. Or, if you have sex tonight, you can have sex again
tonight. It is possible to begin again in 10 or so minutes after
the first orgasm. Obviously, the second time will take longer to
achieve orgasm, but it can be very rewarding. In contrast, Viagra
is like a match; it only works once.
These comments are the opinion of the author based on first
hand accounts. Actual results may vary and no opinion should be
taken as fact for every individual. Consult your doctor before
taking any medications.