Recreational Viagra: Should You Take ED Drugs for Fun?

Written by the Manual Team · Medically approved by Dr Earim Chaudry - MD

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Recreational Viagra use refers to people taking the drug who don’t suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) – who take Viagra without a medical need or legitimate prescription.

Taking Viagra can open a new world of sexual satisfaction for many men suffering from ED, but it can be dangerous when used recreationally. Men who don’t have ED should not take Viagra for fun. It can, in fact, have a negative impact on your sexual prowess as well as your mental and physical health.

Many men who use Viagra recreationally purchase the drug from unlicensed sources, putting themselves at further risk of taking expired, contaminated, or counterfeit pills. Viagra has a range of potential side effects, like headaches, muscle pain, congestion, and changes to blood pressure. It is important to get an ED diagnosis and discuss Viagra use with a clinician before taking it.

 

Recreational Viagra Use: Why the Temptation?

Suffering from erectile dysfunction is not fun. No surprise there. So why do so many men look to ED drugs to have a good time? 

Using Viagra for fun can be seen as a trendy thing to do. Not used to get an erection, but to get an erection for longer. Thanks to social media, good old male bravado, and a rise in porn addictions, many men have an unrealistic expectation of what their penis should do – and see Viagra as the answer. 

The myth that the ‘little blue pill’ will keep you going for days and make you a “legend among men” may prove enough of an incentive for perfectly healthy guys to want to give it a go. But in reality, taking Viagra recreationally can be a really, really, bad idea.

 

What Is Recreational Use of Viagra?

Viagra is a prescription drug. Therefore, by “recreational use” we mean using Viagra for fun, with no prescription, and/or without an ED diagnosis or legitimate cause – outside of the licensed use.

If you’re considering taking Viagra, it’s important to understand how it works. Viagra contains the active ingredient, Sildenafil, which is a PDE5 inhibitor drug. These drugs target PDE5 which is the enzyme responsible for smooth muscle contraction within the blood vessels supplying your penis. By blocking the effect of this enzyme, more blood can flow to where it is needed at that crucial moment, which increases the chances of getting and maintaining an erection. It’s important to recognise that this blood vessel relaxation happens elsewhere within the body at the same time. It’s not limited to the penis.

Men may think of using Viagra recreationally for various reasons. It may be to impress a new partner or to boost their own sexual satisfaction. Recreational use of Viagra is also sometimes together with illicit club drugs like ketamine or poppers, for chemsex sessions. These can seriously put your health at risk, owing to a potentially lethal mix of drug-drug combinations.

Historically, Viagra has also been a recreational drug of choice among bodybuilders, thought to boost athletic performance. So common, in fact, is the recreational use of Viagra within this community that it has its own nickname – “Vitamin V”. It can help steroids reach muscles quicker and therefore increase athletic capability and muscle bulk. However, this is not what Viagra is intended to achieve.

Whatever the reason you’re thinking of taking Viagra, unless it’s because you have a prescription to combat erectile dysfunction, we urge you to think again.

 

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Simply put, no! Unless you are suffering from erectile dysfunction and have a prescription from a legitimate source, you should not take Viagra – or any other Viagra alternative. There are multiple dangers associated with taking Viagra without ED which can put your health at risk.

Perhaps not the most serious risk, but an important one for any guy to be aware of is that a study into healthy men taking Viagra recreationally actually showed a reduction in erectile confidence. It showed that previously healthy guys suddenly found it harder to get it up without chemical intervention, with increased early onset psychogenic ED.

In our opinion, taking Viagra for fun really isn’t worth the risk of doing long-term harm to your sex life for a short-lived thrill.

 

What Are the Dangers of Taking Viagra for Fun?

If you decide to try taking Viagra without ED, it’s likely you’ve either bought it online from an unlicensed source, lied to a medical professional to get a prescription, or “borrowed” it from a friend or relative. Whatever the source, taking Viagra without a prescription specifically for ED can be dangerous.

A recent review found as little as 3% of websites selling Viagra were licensed pharmacies. Many unlicensed Viagra pills sold online will be counterfeit. This means they’ll likely not contain the advertised amount of active ingredient, so they won’t have the desired effect anyway. 

Even more worrying is that unlicensed, illegal pills could be passed their expiration date or potentially contain any other dodgy ingredient to bulk out the dose, leaving your health at serious risk.

 

Note: Manual is a registered and officially accredited online vendor for erectile dysfunction treatments. We are approved for distance selling, and will deliver discreetly to your door. 

 

Taking Viagra without an ED diagnosis can mask the fact that you’re actually really suffering and can jeopardise your long-term sexual performance. If you do have ED, fake pills can worsen the psychological effects, making you think you’re in worse shape than you really are. 

If you don’t suffer from ED, recreational Viagra use can negatively impact your sex life, with a reduction in performance and sexual satisfaction. The idea that the little blue pill will transform your sexual abilities far beyond what’s actually physically possible can leave you feeling inadequate, or disappointed with your performance when nothing was wrong in the first place. 

While Viagra has no physically addictive properties, what can start as an innocent experiment using Viagra “for fun” can lead to a more serious psychological addiction to the pill – so you struggle to perform without it. More and more younger men are suffering from ED, often due to psychological causes. An unnecessary psychological dependency on Viagra can lead to needing more invasive ED treatments in the long-term – like implants or injections.

Like any prescription drug, taking Viagra comes with its own set of potential side effects. The good news is that most men who take Viagra for ED don’t suffer them.

However, if you’re considering taking Viagra “for fun” and have, perhaps unknown, medical issues like low or high blood pressure, heart disease, or sight problems – Viagra can actually pose a very serious risk to your health.

 

Key Takeaways...

At the end of the day, Viagra is like any other prescription drug – it should only be taken when prescribed by an accredited medical professional. If you’re suffering with ED, the Manual clinicians can help you. If you’re not suffering with ED, we suggest you get your kicks without chemical intervention.