Can eating a high fat meal cause the ED medication to be less effective?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The typical American high-fat diet is bad news for your health and your sex life. Regular high-fat meals of fast-food burgers, fries, and a milkshake will not only slow down your body with extra poundage it will also slow down your erectile dysfunction (ED) medication. Most ED medications, which treat the inability to get and maintain an erection during sex, can be taken with or without food. But taking  ED medication with a high-fat meal will delay the medication from doing its important work. In other words, you may be in the mood for sex, but your penis may not respond as quickly as you would like. Healthy meals that include lean meats, whole grains, and vegetables are a better, more erection-friendly choice.

Continue Learning about Erectile Dysfunction

Beware of Frauds and the Damage They Can Do
Beware of Frauds and the Damage They Can Do
Whether it’s the true story of Frank Abignale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Catch Me If You Can, or a male sexual enhancement product called XtraHRD—ini...
Read More
What is erectile dysfunction (ED)?
dLife - It's YOUR Diabetes Life!dLife - It's YOUR Diabetes Life!
Erectile dysfunction (ED), sometimes called "impotence," is the repeated inability to get or keep an...
More Answers
Can men under 30 have erectile dysfunction?
Dr. Michael Roizen, MDDr. Michael Roizen, MD
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can happen to you men, too. Fewer than 2% of men between the ages of 20 ...
More Answers
How Does Smoking Affect a Man's Ability to Have an Erection?
How Does Smoking Affect a Man's Ability to Have an Erection?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.