Viagra Connect is the first over-the-counter erectile dysfunction treatment, and you can buy it legally online without a prescription. Viagra Connect is effective for 74% of men, and can help you to get an erection within an hour of taking it.
Viagra Connect works in the same way as Viagra, but it is only available at a 50mg dose.
Last reviewed: 25/06/2021 by Dr Louisa Draper
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How to buy Viagra Connect
Can I buy Viagra Connect online?
You can buy Viagra Connect from online doctor or pharmacy services, like Superdrug Online Doctor.
Ordering Viagra Connect online is easy, just follow these steps:
- Start an order by clicking on the ‘Order Now’ button above
- Complete a short online assessment by answering questions about your health and lifestyle
- A Superdrug doctor will check your answers and approve treatment if it’s right for you
The online assessment is used to check if it’s safe for you to take Viagra Connect, and whether it would be a useful treatment for you. I t’s also used by pharmacies if you decide to buy Viagra Connect in person.
Before buying Viagra Connect online, m ake sure the site you’re buying from is properly regulated.
Can I buy Viagra Connect over the counter?
You can order Viagra Connect over the counter in any Superdrug Pharmacy, and most other UK pharmacies, by asking a pharmacist about it. They will you run through an assessment, using the same criteria we use online. If the pharmacist determines that Viagra Connect is right for you, you’ll then be able to purchase it.
How much does Viagra Connect cost?
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Superdrug Online Doctor prices include your doctor assessment and delivery charge.
Sildenafil is a cheaper, generic alternative – from under £3 a pill. It’s the same medication, just non-branded. It’s a prescription-only treatment, but you can order it online in the same way as Viagra Connect.
What is Viagra Connect and how does it work?
Viagra Connect is an over-the-counter treatment for erectile dysfunction, and works for 74% of men who try it. It’s a pill that you can take once a day, ideally one hour before you want to have sex.
How does Viagra Connect work?
Viagra Connect works the same way as regular Viagra. It improves blood flow to your penis, making it easier for you to get an erection that’s hard enough for sex. Viagra Connect doesn’t force you to get an erection, it works by helping you to get an erection when you’re sexually aroused.
See our How Viagra Works page for more information.
How long does Viagra Connect last?
- Viagra Connect starts working within an hour after you take it
- Viagra Connect normally lasts around 4 to 6 hours
- Viagra Connect may take longer to work if you eat a heavy meal or drink beforehand
See our How Long Does Viagra Last page for more information.
Does Viagra Connect help you last longer in bed?
Like Viagra, Viagra Connect will only help you last longer in bed if you’re losing your erections partway through having sex.
Viagra Connect won’t help you last longer in bed if you’re ejaculating faster than you want to. If this is the case, you might want to think about getting premature ejaculation treatment.
See our Does Viagra Make You Last Longer page for more information.
Is Viagra Connect safe?
As long as you’ve completed an assessment and a doctor or pharmacist agrees you can take Viagra Connect then it should be safe for you to use.
Viagra Connect may not be safe if you take it without a doctor or pharmacists approval, and it can be dangerous for people with certain pre-existing health conditions or people who are taking other medications or illegal drugs. Viagra Connect can also cause side effects for some people.
See our Viagra Connect safety information section below for more details.
How to take Viagra Connect
Taking Viagra Connect is easy, just like any other tablet you swallow:
- Before taking Viagra Connect, read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medication
- Take Viagra Connect one hour before you want to have sex
- Swallow your tablet whole, with water if needed
- Do not take Viagra Connect more than once every 24 hours
- For the best results, avoid eating heavy meals or drinking alcohol before using Viagra Connect
- You may need to take Viagra Connect on up to 8 different days before you see the full effect
What dosages of Viagra Connect are there?
- Viagra Connect only comes in one dosage, 50mg
- If this dosage doesn’t work for you, you might be able to try a different dose of regular Viagra or Sildenafil, or you can try another medication
- Make sure to check with a doctor before switching the dosage of any medication
See our page on Viagra Dosages for more information.
Reviews of Viagra Connect
Viagra Connect is an effective treatment, but it doesn’t work for everyone:
- Viagra Connect works for 74% of men who try it
- Viagra has a rating of 8.7 out of 10 for erectile dysfunction treatment according to user reviews on drugs.com
- On average, patients who used Superdrug Online Doctor to order Viagra Connect treatment rate it 4.6 out of 5 stars on Trustpilot.com
Not sure if Viagra Connect is right for you?
There are a lot of different ways to treat erectile dysfunction. You may find these other pages useful:
- How to fix erectile dysfunction
- How to get and stay hard
- How to get an erection
- Viagra before and after
- Alternatives to Viagra
- Is herbal Viagra safe?
Viagra Connect safety information
Viagra Connect can cause some side effects and it may react with other medication you’re taking. For full safety information, please read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medication.
Side effects of Viagra Connect
Less than 2% of people appear to get side effects when taking Sildenafil medications like Viagra Connect. If you do get side effects they are likely to be mild, but you should still talk to your doctor. See our Viagra Side Effects page for more information.
The most common side effects of Viagra Connect include:
- feeling sick (nausea)
- blocked or stuffy nose
- feeling dizzy
- suddenly feeling hot (flushes)
- changes to your sight (seeing colours and things looking blurry)
Less common side effects include:
- being sick (vomiting)
- stomach, chest, arms, leg or muscle pains
- trouble breathing
- parts of your face swelling up
- bloodshot, irritated, red, watery or painful eyes
- sensitivity to light or seeing flashes of light and brightness
- increased heartbeat
- high or low blood pressure
- reduced sense of touch
- ringing in your ears
- dry mouth
- runny nose and sneezing
- blood in your pee
Rare side effects include:
- swelling inside the nose
- feeling irritable
- skin reactions including peeling, swelling and blistering
- fits (seizures)
- an erection that lasts over 4 hours and is painful
- severe problems with eyes and eyesight
- loss of sight or hearing
- irregular heartbeat
- heart attack
- tightening in the throat
- numb mouth
- bleeding from the penis
- blood in your sperm
You should not take Viagra Connect if you’re already taking:
- nitrates such as glyceryl trinitrate, isosorbide mononitrate, isosorbide dinitrate
- nitric oxide donors such as amyl nitrite (“poppers”) nicorandil or sodium nitroprusside
- riociguat or other guanylate cyclase stimulators
Make sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you’re already using:
- any other treatment for erectile dysfunction
- alpha-blockers such as alfuzosin, doxazosin or tamsulosin
- protease inhibitors (saquinavir)
- medication used to treat fungal infections such as itraconazole or ketoconazole
- an antibiotic called erythromycin
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you want to take Viagra Connect and you:
- get breathless or have any chest pain when doing light activities
- have been told by your doctor to avoid sex
- have any heart problems
- have ever had a loss of sight because of damage to the optic nerve such as non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (NAION)
- have an inherited eye disease (such as retinitis pigmentosa)
- have low or high blood pressure
- have liver or kidney problems
- have any disease or deformity of your penis such as Peyronie’s Disease
- have ever had long and painful erections
- have a stomach ulcer or bleeding disorder
- are under 18 years of age
Viagra Connect FAQs
What’s the difference between Viagra and Viagra Connect?
Viagra Connect is a type of Viagra that is available over-the-counter. Viagra Connect is only available in a dosage of 50mg, but Viagra Connect and Viagra 50mg work in the exact same way and are equally effective.
What if Viagra Connect doesn’t work?
Viagra Connect is effective for most men, but not all of them. It is worth trying Viagra Connect on several separate occasions before you decide it is not working for you. If that is not successful you could try a higher dose of Viagra. Viagra Connect is only available at one dose, so you could speak to your doctor to try Viagra 100mg, which is a higher dose. If that doesn’t work, Viagra Connect may not be right for you and you could try another erectile dysfunction medication.
Are there any alternatives to Viagra Connect?
There are several alternative treatments you can take if you have erectile dysfunction. Other similar medicines include Levitra, Cialis, and Spedra, which you’ll still need a prescription to get. Some men find that lifestyle changes, such as exercise or stopping smoking, can also be helpful in overcoming erectile dysfunction. For more helpful information on what other options are available to treat erectile dysfunction, read our doctors recommendations on Viagra Connect alternatives.
Does Viagra Connect make you last longer?
Viagra Connect can help you to get and maintain an erection, so it can help you last longer if you’re finding it difficult to stay hard for a long time. However, if you feel that you are orgasming too quickly then Viagra Connect won’t help, as it does not does not delay ejaculation. For more information, you can read our doctors’ advice on how to last longer, and if Viagra Connect can help.
Can You Take Viagra Connect With Alcohol?
Alcohol is often used by some people to help them overcome nerves or sexual anxiety, but drinking can actually make it harder to get an erection. Alcohol can also interfere with how Viagra Connect works, making it less effective, and making the side effects worse. Read what our doctors have to say about the risks of taking Viagra Connect with alcohol.
Can you get Viagra Connect over the counter?
Yes, you can safely and legally get Viagra Connect over the counter at most UK pharmacies. You will need to go through an assessment with the pharmacist to make sure that Viagra Connect is safe for you.
Can you get Viagra Connect on the NHS?
Viagra Connect is not prescribed on the NHS, but there are alternatives that work in a similar way. Sildenafil, which is the generic version of Viagra Connect that works in the exact same way, is available on the NHS. To find out if you can get a prescription for erectile dysfunction treatment from your GP, check out our doctors’ advice on how to get Viagra Connect on the NHS.
Can women take Viagra Connect?
No, women can’t take Viagra Connect. It is only licensed for male use in the UK, but in places such as the USA there is “female Viagra” available. In actual fact the term “female Viagra” is misleading, as the drug works in a completely different way, and is used more to increase sexual desire and satisfaction in women. For more information on how Viagra Connect affects women, read our doctors’ advice about what happens when women take Viagra Connect.
Does herbal Viagra Connect work?
Some websites offer products that are advertised as “Herbal Viagra” or “Herbal Viagra Connect”. These are sold as a “natural alternative” to Viagra Connect or other erectile dysfunction medications. Currently there are no recommended or licensed herbal treatments for erectile dysfunction, and there’s little evidence that they can help. Read our doctors’ advice on whether you should try “natural alternatives” like herbal Viagra.
Can I take Viagra Connect with other erectile dysfunction medications?
No, you should never combine Viagra Connect with another erectile dysfunction medication. Erectile dysfunction medications such as Viagra Connect, Levitra, and Cialis all work in the same way, so taking them together could cause serious side effects. Medical devices, such as penis pumps, can be used alongside erectile dysfunction medications to give better results.
How often can I take Viagra Connect?
You should only take Viagra Connect once per day. This is because it may be unsafe to take more than 50mg of Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra Connect, without a doctor assessing you. In addition, it lasts for many hours in your system, so taking more than one dose could lead to a build-up of the drug and cause serious side effects, such as permanent damage to your penis.
Is it safe to buy Viagra Connect online?
Yes, it is safe to buy Viagra Connect online from trusted and regulated sellers like Superdrug Online Doctor.
You should be aware when buying Viagra Connect online – Viagra is one of the most counterfeited medicines in the world, and fake Viagra can contain very harmful ingredients. At best these counterfeit medicines will be ineffective and a waste of money, at worst they could do serious harm to your health.
If you’re buying Viagra Connect online in the UK, make sure that the company is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) who make sure that they are dispensing real medicine, and real doctors or pharmacists are assessing you.
Does Viagra Connect expire?
Viagra Connect has a shelf life of about 2 years and can become less effective if it’s left unused for too long. Before taking Viagra Connect, check the expiry date on your packet, and ensure you use your medication before then.
If your Viagra Connect is past the expiration date, you should take it to a pharmacy for them to dispose of, and buy a new box of Viagra Connect as it may not be safe to take it.
To make sure your Viagra Connect lasts until the expiration date, it should be stored below 30°C and out of direct sunlight.
Why is Viagra Connect available over the counter?
Viagra Connect has been found to be safe for most men to take, so it doesn’t require a doctor to assess you before you can take it. You will still need to speak to a pharmacist before you can buy it over the counter in a pharmacy, as Viagra Connect can interact with some medications or may be unsuitable if you have certain conditions.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
There are many different factors that can cause erectile dysfunction, from psychological factors such as stress, to physical problems with your circulation. In most cases there are multiple factors that cause erectile dysfunction, not just a single cause. For more information, read our doctors’ advice on the causes of erectile dysfunction.