Timing is extremely important when you’re taking treatment for erectile dysfunction because you probably have a specific time in mind. Maybe you’re planning a special occasion, or your schedule is limited — regardless, in ideal circumstances, it will be effective when you need it and gone when you don’t.
Because Sildenafil is a great one-off treatment (you don’t need it to build up in your system — just one tablet is enough), you need to know when you should take it to get the best results, and how you can expect it to affect you. Let’s go through the basics:
Most sellers cite 4-6 hours as the magic window for the average 50mg dose of Sildenafil. Once it kicks in, you’ll have something around that amount of time at full potency. That doesn’t mean it vanishes entirely at that point, however — the Sildenafil in your system will steadily decrease over time, and 3-5 hours is how long it takes the amount in your system to halve.
Because of this, you might still get decent results after 8 hours, or even 10. It will heavily depend on how much you took, how quickly it was absorbed, and how much sexual activity you engaged in during that time (someone who’s been busy for hours would probably struggle to perform even if they still had a full dose of Sildenafil in their bloodstream).
It's important to note that Sildenafil (and other ED treatments) will not give you an erection for the entire period that they are in your system. They simply allow you to achieve a satisfactory erection when you are sexually stimulated. Your erection will still go down as normal after ejaculation.
To learn more about how Sildenafil works, exactly, stop by our main guide to Sildenafil. It details what it does, how it helps to treat ED and various other things you should know.
The speed at which Sildenafil starts working its magic depends on your digestive system. How rapidly does it usually work? How much have you eaten recently? How much do you weigh? (The larger your body, the more blood you have, and the longer it takes to spread around).
If your system absorbs it extremely quickly, you might feel it kick in within 20 minutes, but 30 minutes is more realistic. Consumed on an empty stomach, it should hit maximum potency after an hour — if you have recently eaten, it may need a further hour or so. As noted, this maximum level will fall by 50% every 3-5 hours and be almost entirely gone within a day.
Note that any side effects that can occasionally result from Sildenafil use will typically go away as the level in your system goes down (review the Sildenafil side effects page for more information).
Because the efficacy of Sildenafil depends on how much you have in your system, starting with a large dose will make it last longer — but not too much longer. The maximum dosage prescribed is 100mg, because dosages above can cause heart problems and produce side effects much more consistently.
If you take a 25mg dose, then depending on your weight and the degree of your erectile dysfunction, you might only find it effective for 2-3 hours. When you pursue a prescription, the doctor or pharmacist will be able to tell you roughly what level of dosage you should start with, although 50mg is the normal starting dose for most men.
As far as duration is concerned, there are two main types of drug in the category of oral treatments for erectile dysfunction:
If you’re looking for a treatment that can provide consistent performance support for an extended time (throughout a weekend away, for instance), then Tadalafil may well be the best option for you. For one-time potency, though, Sildenafil remains among the best. Before you make a decision, read up on what Sildenafil users have to say on our page dedicated to Sildenafil reviews.
Wrapping up, let’s revisit the main points we’ve covered:
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