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How to Reduce Headaches When Taking Viagra

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Jamie Simpson is a researcher and journalist based in Indianapolis with more than 10 years of professional writing experience. She earned her B.S. in animal science from Purdue University and her Master of Public Affairs in public management from Indiana University. Simpson also works as a massage therapist and equine sports massage therapist.
How to Reduce Headaches When Taking Viagra
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Many men complain of severe headaches when they take Viagra. You can avoid at least some of the headache pain by understanding that there are things you can do to reduce headaches when taking Viagra. Not all men get headaches when taking Viagra, and you may not experience a headache every time you take it. Take notes so you can track your symptoms and figure out what might be triggering the headaches.

Step 1

Begin by reducing your dose of Viagra to the minimum amount that produces the results you want. For some men, a dose of 25 milligrams is effective and reduces chances for headaches. Work with your doctor and experiment a little on your own to determine the minimum dose that will work for you.

Step 2

Eat properly before you take your Viagra. The pill should be taken on an empty stomach for maximum effect, but that simply means three hours after eating. Not eating properly can induce headaches all by itself, so make sure you have consumed an adequate number of calories to avoid a hunger headache.

Step 3

Avoid alcohol when you take Viagra, according to Viagra.com. This is for several reasons: First of all, the pill will be less effective if taken with alcohol. Second, the combination of alcohol and Viagra may produce a serious hangover effect.

Step 4

Take over-the-counter pain relievers at the same time you take your Viagra, and every four to six hours afterward. The pain reliever will kick in at about the same time the Viagra does, and should reduce your chances of getting a headache. Use the pain reliever your doctor recommends for you, and take the maximum dose until the next day.

Step 5

Drink plenty of water when you take Viagra. Mild dehydration can cause a headache, and Viagra acts as a diuretic, so you will need more water than normal.

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