The Little Blue Pill: What is it, benefits and side effects

You may have come across the term "blue pills" at some stage and wondered what they are and what they do. Here's everything you need to know.

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The Little Blue Pill Explained—Benefits & Side Effects | Pilot

If you've been researching erectile dysfunction treatments, you may have come across the term "blue pills" at some stage and wondered what they are, what they do, and why we can't just come out and say their actual name.

There are always different theories and speculation going around about why we can't say the actual name of the drug used in the blue pill.

In reality, the truth is that we are bound by the same regulatory laws as everyone else in Australia, and don't have the legal freedom to advertise the active ingredient in certain medications.

So now we've covered that, let's talk about what the blue pill does, and things to consider when having a consult with your doctor about your options.

What is the blue pill used for?

If all this talk about coloured pills has got you thinking about the choice between the blue or red pill Neo takes in the movie The Matrix, let's get back to the real world for a moment because—as far as we know—neither of those pills did much for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, which is what our blue pill is used for.

What is a true story is that around 25% of Aussie men have issues with ED, and over 85% of those men simply accept the condition without seeking treatment with erection medication[1].

How does the blue pill work?

Pilot's blue ED pills are known as PDE5 inhibitors. The active ingredient affects the penis by targeting the enzyme which contracts blood vessels, thereby increasing blood flow around the body.

Understandably, audience insights have shown that there is some misunderstanding around the physical effect the blue pill has after you take it, with many people thinking it causes an erection for the entire time it's working.

This is not the case. The increased blood flow facilitated by ED drugs simply enables erections to occur when there is sexual desire felt, not for the entire duration of effect.

Does blue pill cause side effects?

There is a number of possible side effects that can occur when taking the blue pill, most of them being mild to moderate[2]. For example:

  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Flushing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Abnormal vision

There is a risk that these side effects can be exacerbated when ED pills are taken in combination with alcohol[3], so if you're experiencing more negative effects than usual when drinking, it may be a sign to cut out alcohol when taking erectile dysfunction treatments.

Although a low risk, there have also been cases reported of priapism (prolonged erection which won't go away)[3].

This can be treated by the services of a medical professional, so seek treatment at a hospital if you experience an erection that lasts for over four hours.

Effectiveness of the blue pill

Many men enjoy a renewed sex life with their partners after taking ED treatments, with some data showing that 94% of patients experience success when using the blue pill or other medication with the same active ingredient[4].

When considering the high success rate, as well as the ease of obtaining the blue pill with Pilot, it's a highly recommended approach to support your journey back to better sex.

How long does the blue pill last?

Although there are other options with different active ingredients, the blue pill is the best medication to take for planned sexual encounters.

Take one about an hour before you need it to be effective, then from the time it kicks in, it will work for about four to six hours, meaning you could take it before dinner and enjoy a big night in the bedroom afterwards.

How to get the blue pill

Getting the blue pill is an easy process with Pilot. You can simply visit our website and take a short quiz about yourself. If you're eligible for medication, have an online consult with a practitioner when you're ready, and from there they'll consider whether you’re suitable for blue pills.

Just like our other medications, we can then ship the blue pill directly to you for free in a discreet box, Australia-wide.

There's no need to search around endlessly if you're after treatment for erectile dysfunction. Get in touch with Pilot, give the blue pill a go, and start enjoying your sex life again.


[1] DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2007.00548.x.

[2] PMC2387281

[3] DOI: 10.1016/S0090-4295(99)00610-X

[4] PMC2387281

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