Viagra for Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction in Men: What You Need to Know

by Alex Shteynshlyuger MD


If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation or if you need a second opinion, please contact us or call 1-(646) 663-5211.

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a board-certified urologist, who specializes in all aspects of care for sexual problems in men including ED, premature ejaculation and other sexual concerns. He helps men of all ages who experience impotence to regain confidence and erections.


What is Viagra?

ED Treatment with ViagraViagra (generic name: sildenafil) is the first oral pill that became available for the treatment of impotence in men.    Viagra increases the size of blood vessels (dilates blood vessels) and allows more blood to get to the penis.  Increased blood flow to the penis results in better erections.

What does Viagra Treat?

Viagra is used to treat erectile dysfunction or ED for short.  ED is also called impotence.  Viagra can effectively treat most erection problems in men including erections that are not hard enough, difficulty with obtaining erections and problems with maintaining erections.

Effectiveness

Viagra is effective in 60-70% of men. Some studies have shown up to 95% user satisfaction with an improved ability to engage in sexual activity.  Viagra is easy to use and convenient.  It can be used without the partner knowing about your erection problems, which is important to some men.

Viagra is effective in men of all ages.  It can be successfully used by young men with ED.  Sildenafil or Viagra is also effective in men with diabetes and ED, as well as in men with ED and kidney failure. Viagra works well in combination with shockwave therapy for ED in many men with vascular erectile dysfunction. It can also be used safely together with most medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, asthma, HIV and multiple sclerosis.

How to Use Viagra:

Taking Viagra at least one hour before sexual intercourse is most effective but it may work as soon as 30 minutes after taking it. Typically, men are advised to take Viagra by mouth at least 1  hour to 4 hours prior to sexual activity.

It is advisable not to eat or drink anything 1-2 hours before and after taking Viagra. If Viagra is taken with food, it may not work as well especially if taken shortly before attempting intercourse. Taking Viagra with an oily or fatty meal can delay its effect – it may work when you no longer it.

Viagra should be stored at room temperature, away from light and moisture (avoid storing it in the bathroom). Like all medications, keep Viagra out of reach of children and pets.

Viagra is not a “magic” pill and does not cause an erection to ‘pop’ up.  It helps you get an erection. You still need to be stimulated to get an erection.

Side Effects of Sildenafil (Viagra)

Common side effects of Viagra include flushing, headache, dizziness, and stomach upset. Some men experience vision changes with blurring, color blindness, or sensitivity to light.

Priapism (an erection lasting more than 4 hours) is an unwanted painful and prolonged erection.  Priapism is an extremely rare side effect of Viagra.   You should seek medical attention if your erection will not go down for more than 4 hours in the absence of sexual stimulation.  

Priapism is a very rare side effect of Viagra. In fact, it is not clear if Viagra or similar medications are the cause of priapism as many men with priapism have used multiple other drugs. In the year 2007, for instance, the FDA received notification of only 93 cases of priapism from Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis combined – tens of millions of men were treated with these medications during that time period.

There are some rare reports of blindness with a rapid reduction in vision after taking medications such as Viagra in men with underlying eye problems. However, after the medication had been on the market for 10 years and had been taken by more than 27 million men, the FDA concluded there was no evidence linking Viagra to blindness or other serious eye conditions if taken at the recommended dose. You should consult a Urologist before beginning Viagra and always follow prescribing instructions.

Safety of Viagra:  Is Viagra Safe to Use?

It should be noted that Viagra has a good record of safely with millions of men successfully treated with it.  Men with medical problems such as lung problems, COPD, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, liver and heart problems as well as men with cancer can be treated safely with Viagra.

It’s important to inform your doctor of all the other medications and supplements you take because they may affect the efficacy of Viagra. Interactions with other medications can put you at risk for serious complications. Viagra can cause your blood pressure to become low if used in combination with nitroglycerine (for angina or chest pain) or medications such as Flomax (tamsulosin for an enlarged prostate).

You should not take sildenafil (Viagra) with nitroglycerin containing medications.  You should space medications for enlarged prostate by at least 6 hours from Viagra or other medications for enlarged prostate.  You should take Viagra a few times and see how your body reacts to it before participating in activities such as driving or operating heavy machinery after taking Viagra. Alcohol intake should be limited when you use Viagra.

How Does Viagra Compare to Other Treatments for ED?

Viagra or its generic sildenafil is an effective treatment option for men of all ages with erection problems. Viagra has similar effectiveness as Cialis, Levitra, and Stendra in treating ED.  Viagra tends to be more effective than vacuum pump but VED works better in some men with venous insufficiency.   A penile implant is a more effective treatment for ED for some men but for many men Viagra works just as well. 

Shockwave therapy for ED works similarly well for many men with ED caused by vascular insufficiency as Viagra; often, combining shockwave therapy with Viagra can lead to stronger erections.

Scheduling Appointments for ED Treatment at New York Urology Specialists


If you have any questions about erectile dysfunction treatment, schedule a consultation, contact us or call/text: 1-646-663-5211.  We have excellent reviews from patients and their partners. 


Patients Reviews

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Peronis Disease
by on Aug 04, 2019

Dr Alex was both knowledgeable and concise with his diagnosis and advice which was well received. Dr was her knowledgeable in the subject and provided good advice.

3P Removal
by on Jul 24, 2019

Went to get my penile papule remove. Got done same day, it was fast, great staff, and most importantly, pleased with the result.

Urology Visit
by on Jul 18, 2019

Staff were all very welcoming. Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger was very knowledgeable and attentive during my time spent with him.

Recommendation
by on Jul 18, 2019

Therefore I would like to recommend you to anyone who need your services.

Outstanding
by on Jul 09, 2019

Went in for a procedure with Dr. Alex and he was very calm and thorough about the the operation and the recovery. From the front desk to his assistants, everyone was very courteous, professional and polite. I highly recommend NY Urologist Specialist. They are outstanding!!!

Satisfied Patient
by on Sep 15, 2018

I am very please and satisfied with everything that has been offorded to me by New York Urology Specialist Office.....Dr Alex

Friendly , courteous, effiecient and professional
by on Sep 15, 2018

Wyts Wyts recommends New York Urology Specialists via Facebook. September 15, 2018 · Friendly , courteous, effiecient and professional staff members. This office i highly recommend for any and all Urology matters. Dr Alex Shteynshlyuger is very professional and knowledgable easy to communicate with. Thanks Dr Alex

Surgical Procedure
by on Sep 01, 2018

Dr Alex and his staff are through professionals in every sense of the word. From initial diagnosis to a period of evaluating and ruling out options, we decided upon a surgical solution, which appears for the most part to have corrected the issue. Thanks to Ana, and the staff, especially Dr. Alex for treating me so well. Best regards, Lee

Review
by on Aug 16, 2018

Outstanding service

A very good doctor
by on Aug 15, 2018

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyugerand is careful, patient, experienced. Uses innovative approaches, that actually yield results. He is indeed a good doctor, in every sense

urology services
by on Apr 11, 2018

I am very satisfied with the treatment I received at new york urology specialist and would recommend them to other patients.they are the very best.

My wife was elated
by on Jan 15, 2018

Well I put it to use last night and man, good job. My wife was elated. u made it much better somehow, so thank u for fixing my penis

Thankful
by on Dec 05, 2017

"Cannot express how thankful I am I found Dr. Shtetnshlyuger. After undergoing surgery to correct a penile torsion I couldn't be happier with the results. A great doctor who is clearly good at what he does. With something as important as your private area, It's nice to be able to rest easy and know you are in good hands.." via HealthGrades.com 12/5/2017

Review
by on Nov 19, 2017

I am writing to thank dr. Alex. He is thorough, professional, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. I have seen him for ED and prostate issues, and he has explained all my options clearly, and found solutions that have been a great help. thank you! I highly recommend both Dr. Alex and his staff, which I find to be helpful, friendly, knowledgeable and very professional. They are a pleasure to deal with and all have been a great help.

Dr visit
by on Sep 14, 2017

I am very much thankful for meeting Dr Alex .I had a very serious medical problem I visited many doctors but none could not help me it was very difficult for me until I visited Dr Alex after a couple visits my medical problem is no more I feel very great also I felt almost 20 years younger Dr Alex is second to none fantastic doctor. Thanks again Dr Alex from my family.

Excellent doctor
by on Jul 03, 2014

I am feeling better now after visiting clinic New York urology specialists. Excellent staff and appointment on time.

Thank you for excellent care
by on Jan 07, 2013

Dear Dr. Alex: We want to thank you for the excellent care you provided for George during his emergency operation and the follow up treatment. Your quiet, confident manner was reassuring to us during a very scary time for us. We will never forget you. George Sally R. Date: 2013

We love you!
by on Feb 16, 2012

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger and Staff – Thank you so much for taking care of my husband Bob. Dr. Alex: I thank God everyday for you. You were an answer to prayer.

ED is Treatable in Nearly Every Man

Excellence-Urology_Care-banner2At New York Urology Specialists, our urologists are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of erectile dysfunction.  We understand the challenges that ED creates for our patients, their relationships and their self-esteem.  We help you find a treatment for erectile dysfunction that fits your needs, your lifestyle and your preferences.

Urologists are doctors specializing in the treatment of men with erectile dysfunction. By the virtue of our experience and skill, we are able to offer an effective treatment option for nearly every man who desires an effective treatment for ED.  We offer medical and surgical treatment for erectile dysfunction.

We Treat Some of the Most Complex ED Problems Including:

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Shteynshlyuger:

Call/text today: 1-646-663-5211 or make an appointment online

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a fellowship-trained board-certified urologist with expertise in evaluation and treatment of sexual and erection problems in men using modern effective and proven treatment methods.  We offer inflatable penile implant, shockwave therapy for ED and treatment for Peyronie’s disease.

He is highly recommended by top primary care physicians in the New York area. If you or someone you know has been experiencing urological symptoms, make an appointment to take advantage of Dr. Shteynshlyuger’s expert advice. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation please contact us or call/text: 1-646-663-5211.

We offer affordable, highest-quality urology care with or without insurance.   Find out our office hours or directions to our office. We offer weekday, weekend and evening office hours.


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