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How to eliminate heartburn from Viagra: a guide to Viagra & heartburn

Written by Mojo, reviewed by Medical Doctor Dr Matthew Chan

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If you’re reading this, we assume you’ve popped a Viagra and it’s set your heart on fire (and not in a good way).

We’re here to help if you want a blazing boner without running into Viagra side effects like heartburn.

In this post, we’ll be answering your burning questions related to heartburn and Viagra:

Before we jump in to the specifics, let’s understand what Viagra is and how it works.

What is Viagra?

Viagra, also known as the ‘little blue pill’, is a medicine used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). It belongs to a family of medicines known as PDE5 inhibitors. 

PDE5 inhibitors include:

These medicines can be used to give you a boner if you have erectile dysfunction caused by physical reasons. 

“To get an erection, blood has to flow to the penis, and then stay there. PDE5 inhibitors relax blood vessels in your penis, meaning that blood can flow in more easily.”

Dr Matthew Chan, Medical Doctor

What is heartburn? 

Heartburn is caused by stomach acid traveling up towards the throat (this is called acid reflux). It can last anywhere between a few minutes to a few hours.

Symptoms of heartburn include: 

Acid reflux and feelings of heartburn are common from time to time, but if you have heartburn more than twice a week every week, it might be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). 

Taking Viagra can cause regular heartburn, which can lead to GERD, even if you don't usually experience either. Viagra may also make heartburn or GERD more likely for men who already suffer from these issues.

Does Viagra cause heartburn?

Yes, taking Viagra can give you heartburn. Acid reflux and GERD, resulting in the feeling of heartburn, affects up to 1 in 100 people who take Viagra.

Is heartburn a side effect of Viagra?

Yes, heartburn is a side effect of Viagra.

Some of the other side effects of Viagra to watch out for include:

If you’re worried about any of these side effects, there are lots of alternative ways you can treat ED without having to rely on medication like Viagra.

Why does Viagra give you heartburn?

Can you use Viagra without heartburn?

There’s no guarantee that you can protect yourself from heartburn while using Viagra.

However, you can follow the advice below which might provide some relief, or you could try other ED treatments which don’t risk giving you heartburn.  

How to reduce the symptoms and get some heartburn relief

Heartburn is uncomfortable, we get it.

Here’s some top tips from Dr Matt if you’re looking for relief from the heartburn. Some of these help specifically for heartburn after taking Viagra, and some of these have been developed to help reduce the symptoms of heartburn in general.

Food and drink 

Lifestyle and daily routine

Medication 

Surgery or other procedures

“As a doctor, I tend to use antacid medications as a first-line approach, which is more management than cure (it reduces the acidity of any reflux).

There is a surgical cure, but given its invasiveness and the risk of side effects, it tends to be avoided unless other medical treatment is not working and symptoms are severe.”

Dr Matthew Chan, Medical Doctor

Curing heartburn after Viagra

There’s also no guaranteed way to cure heartburn after taking Viagra. However, it is possible to reduce the side effects by trying the options above.

The best way to cure heartburn from Viagra is to stop using Viagra altogether and seek other erection treatments. 

Other ED treatments without heartburn side effects

Want to get hot and heavy without burning up? You can have strong erections and avoid heartburn by trying alternative ED treatments that won’t give you heartburn or other side effects. 

The best treatment for you depends on whether the cause of your erectile dysfunction is physical, psychological, or being impacted by your lifestyle.

Our research shows that most men have a psychological element to their ED. If you’re experiencing psychological erection issues then the following psychological treatment options will help you get better erections (without any nasty side effects like heartburn): 

This happens to be Mojo’s area of expertise. You can find out more here

If you think your lifestyle and daily habits are impacting your erections, you can make the following changes to your routine to help you get hard in the bedroom:

If you have physical ED, treatment options outside of taking ED pills like Viagra include:

However, some of these can trigger different side effects.

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