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Viagra's diminishing effect

I've been using vitamin V for more than four years now, and it has worked very well does viagra stop working for me. I buy 100 mg. pills and cut them in half, then take the half a pill. On the days that I take it (usually once a week, on an empty stomach), my wife and I have sex in the late afternoon (an hour or so after chewing up the pill), then once again that night before we fall asleep. It's been just great for our sex lives. In the last few months, however, I've been having trouble keeping an erection during intercourse, despite no apparent health problems, even with the Viagra. I've even tried upping the dosage to 100 mg, but this doesn't help much. Four and half years ago, before getting the first prescription, I was tested for testosterone level, and it was normal.
Has anyone else experienced a dropoff in effectiveness after years of usage? And, do you have any ideas of why this might be happening and/or what I might do about it?
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Re: Viagra's diminishing effect

The same exact thing happened with my husband after two and a half years of steady use of Viagra. He also tried the 100 mg. with no better results. He also tried Levitra and Cialis (neither one worked). Now he's experimenting with injections but not great success. I have no explanation for the sudden drop-off in effectiveness, however, I have seen it mentioned in medical literature.


  Old 07-10-2007, 04:36 AM   #3

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Re: Viagra's diminishing effect

Hi LEO!
I'had a similar situation with viagra after 2 years and a half. I upgraded to 100 mg it worked for a few times then nothing. My doctor advised to switch to levitra and after 2 trials it started working very well. So if you are healthy you can try levitra 10 and if no significant result increase dose to 20 mg once every 24 hours.
Good Luck!
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Re: Viagra's diminishing effect

Thank you, Zekel and Piano. I've got a whole pill bottle full of Viagra, so I will continue to try this 'til it's gone, then--if it continues to be less than effective--consult with my doctor. I don't understand why the drug would all of a sudden stop working as it's supposed to.
Injections don't sound like a lot of fun, but I guess that would be better than total abstinence, eh?
I'll let you know what happens.
Thanks again, and if anyone else has any words of wisdom on this subject, I'm interested in what you might have to say.


  Old 08-11-2007, 09:53 AM   #5

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Re: Viagra's diminishing effect

Update. I continue to take the Viagra, and continue to have problems maintaining an erection during sex. No problem getting an erection, just keeping it for more than 10 minutes or so. I've upped the dosage to 100 mg., but still there are problems.
As I indicated earlier, 50 mg. of Viagra worked fine for more than four years, but now (since late this spring) it's not doing the trick. Is there some reason to believe that Cialis or Levitra would be any better? I mean, are there studies showing that switching drugs might help? Should I consult a certain type viagra of doctor for this problem?
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  Old 08-11-2007, 11:23 AM   #6

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Leo46,

After Viagra started failing, my husband tried both Levitra and Cialis. Neither one worked. He then went to a urologist who is currently treating him. He's been trying injections (they don't hurt) without a great deal of success. He's also tried injections and Viagra at the same time. He's also tried two different strengths of injections. All with the same result (only a semi-erection). He has another appt. with urologist Mon. to see if an even stronger dose will help.

A urologist is the doctor to see for this type of problem.


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Thanks, Piano. I'm using up the Viagra now, with mixed results.
I nearly always take (chew up) a 100 mg. pill now at about 4:30 PM, on an empty stomach. Then my wife and I dive into bed at 5:30 or so, and have round one. Round two comes later in the evening.
Last Wednesday, round one was kind of a flop, as I felt my penis going soft after only a few minutes following penetration, so I hurried up and finished off in less than five minutes. Hardly satisfying for my wife or me, although I did oral on her 'til she orgasmed beforehand. In sharp contrast to 6 months ago when I could go a half hour or more after foreplay, I came in about 4 minutes. Round two, however, which as usual on Viagra days is at about 10 PM, was great, just like it used to be. Finger stimulation of my wife resulting in her orgasms, then a good solid (pun intended) 15-20 minutes of penetration. I don't understand what's going on. I don't think it's low testosterone, as I get nighttime and morning wood on a regular basis. Probably in my head at this stage, so maybe last week's round two portends better outcomes, so to speak.
Will do it again tonight. If there are still problems after I finish this bottle (about 8 pills left), I may see the doctor and get a Rx for some other ED med, possibly Cialis. Not sure a visit to the urologist would help, but I'll try anything that might work.
Leo


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Re: Viagra's diminishing effect

Leo, I have always heard that Viagra is a time release Rx and should be swallowed vs chewed...could that make a difference?

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Dave,
I'm not sure what the best method is. I used to swallow the pills to good effect, then about two or three years ago I read one can get it into one's system quicker by chewing the pill up, so I've done that for the last couple of years, to good effect until 5 months ago or so. Maybe I'll go back to the swallowing routine and see if that makes any difference. As I said, I'll try just about anything.
Thanks for your comments.
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  Old 08-27-2007, 08:02 AM   #10

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Re: Viagra's diminishing effect

I ended up not taking the V pill last week, waiting 'til last night to do that. Instead of chewing up the pill, I swallowed it, as I had done the first few years after starting Viagra. The result was excellent, both in the late afternoon, and then again at about 10 PM. Not sure if this had to do with the fact that I hadn't had sex in about 10 or 11 days, or if it was because of the different ingestion method. Hopefully it's the latter, as this last time was definitely better than it has been for several months.
Frankly, I don't quite understand why it would make any difference whether one chews up or swallows the pill whole; it ends up in the same place and gets into the blood stream pretty much the same way, doesn't it?
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  Old 08-28-2007, 05:57 AM   #11

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Might be good to check your testosterone and estradiol levels. If your legs tire easily it might be indicative of arterial blockage in the abdominal aorta. High prolactin will also kill an erection.


  Old 09-02-2007, 05:35 PM   #12

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There's nothing wrong with my legs and, as I mentioned, I still get morning and during-the-night erections, so probably nothing wrong with my testosterone or estradiol levels. I'll be using (swallowing with water) V tomorrow and will report on the results.
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  Old 09-20-2007, 11:48 AM   #13

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Update

Since Dave suggested going back to swallowing rather than chewing up the Viagra pills, I've been swallowing them with water and have had excellent results. I've been taking the 100 mg. pills, but may go back to the 50s next time.
Thanks for the suggestion, Dave.

Leo


  Old 11-01-2007, 07:00 AM   #14

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Another update

Since changing my way of ingesting Viagra (swallowing pill instead of chewing it up), I've had no problems whatsoever in maintaining a full erection during intercourse. I've even gone back to taking just 50 mg. instead of 100. I take the 50 mg. of Viagra at about 4 PM, have sex at 5 or 5:30. Then, before we go to sleep, we have sex again at 9:45 PM or so. It works just great now.

I began chewing the pills up a few years ago after reading somewhere that this would get the Viagra into one's system much quicker. That may be true, but it stopped working for me after a period of time, so I highly recommend following the instructions and swallowing the pill with water.

Leo


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This is an interesting thread Leo. I'm 36 and have been using 25mg of V for sex due to a bought of Peyronie's I suffered a few years ago. 25mg was working like a champ; I was always getting nearly hard before sex even started, which I greatly enjoyed.

Then, after about a month or two, I suddenly wasn't getting those pre-sex semi's, and it actually took some manipulation/physical stimulation to get me hard. That scared the crap out of me because I thought "Oh no, the Viagra's not working anymore!" I just couldn't believe that could happen after such a short time on it (but I had been worried about it, so I wonder if some of it's mental).

However, while I'm admittedly nervous now when beginning foreplay (worried that the V won't work), with some direct stimulation, I do get hard, and it's the good old Viagra hard - unflagging, even staying hard for a while after climax. I'm trying to not get full blown performance anxiety, as I was really loving the stamina and performance viagra gave me. Being nervous definitely works against getting hard.

So I don't know why the sudden change in effectiveness occured with me, but your case gives me hope that viagra can simply be less effective at times, for reasons we may not understand, but will still work out in the long run. That's what I hope anyway.

Good luck and please, keep us posted.

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