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Although studies have shown that combining alcohol and Viagra is unlikely to cause problems, you should still be aware of potential risks. For example, because both substances cause the blood vessels to dilate, combining these two may lead to dizziness, a rapid heart rate, and low blood pressure. To avoid any problems, talk to your healthcare provider about consuming alcohol while taking this drug.

Is It Safe to Drink Alcohol With Viagra?

According to the manufacturer of Viagra® (sildenafil citrate), drinking alcohol while on this medication is not expected to cause problems. Although some similar medications may cause problems when combined with alcohol, this does not seem to be a problem with Viagra.
 

Research on Viagra and Alcohol

Both Viagra and alcohol can have similar effects on blood vessels, causing them to dilate (open wider). However, studies did not show such problems in men who combined the two to achieve a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent (legally intoxicated).
 
Although studies indicate that combining alcohol with Viagra is unlikely to cause problems, it is a good idea to be aware of problems that could theoretically occur due to overly dilated blood vessels, such as:
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about alcohol consumption and Viagra. You and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. Based on what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision about your intake of alcohol while on this medication. There may also be other medical reasons why you should not consume alcohol.
 
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