Published on by

VIAGRA VS. CIALIS

Benefits, Side Effects, and More

HEALTH
Click for article's content
NEW   HEALTH   SCIENCE   GRAPHICS   BLOG   ANNOUNCEMENTS

Erectile dysfunction (ED) was once a topic rarely discussed, even in private. Now, ED treatments are among the most commonly advertised products on daytime television. With the glut of purported ED treatments flooding the market, two prescription treatment options have remained the most commonly recommended by physicians: Viagra and Cialis.

Below is a comparison of the positives and the negatives of the two medications:

Viagra

This medication has the longest history, and is also the most studied and prescribed prescription ED treatment. Other positives of Viagra include the following:

  • Considered to provide the strongest erections relative to other medications.
  • Effects can last for several hours, so it does not have to be taken right away.
  • Can start working in as little as 30 minutes.

Viagra’s most commonly experienced side effects include:

  • Facial flushing
  • Symptoms similar to the flu
  • Blurred or hazy vision

Another major concern: Viagra’s efficacy is affected by food. Patients who take this medication on a full stomach could experience a delay of several hours for the expected effects to occur.

Cialis

The second medication, Cialis, is most requested and prescribed for its long lasting benefit. Cialis has gotten the reputation as the “weekend ED pill” because its effects can last multiple days without the patient having to take a second dose. Other positives of Cialis include:

  • Very few reported side effects.
  • Available in multiple strengths.

Of course, as with any medication, there are also negatives to Cialis. One side effect reported by some men prescribed Cialis is lower back pain. Additionally, since the medication’s expected benefits may require a long delay to take effect, it is not intended as a ‘quick fix’. Finally, Cialis is reported to provide weaker overall erections as compared to Viagra.

Note: While we aim to help consumers do their homework about specific treatments, it is also vital for patients to work with a physician to determine which medications will be right for their specific health profile.

Sources

  1. Header Image: Tim Reckmann (Wikimedia Commons)
  2. Viagra vs. Cialis - ED Guider
  3. Viagra Drug Monograph - Pfizer
  4. Cialis Drug Monograph - Epocrates
  5. Viagra Vs. Cialis: The Fine Dividing Line - Embark Healt
     

Research, find, and buy the best supplements.

MORE ON HEALTH

 

6 HEALTHY WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS AND SLEEP BETTER

by Greg Martin

 
 

3 SURPRISING WAYS PROBIOTICS CAN HELP YOUR BRAIN WORK BETTER

by Benita Lee

 
 

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY AND ZIKA-FREE AT THE RIO OLYMPICS

by Benjamin Becker

 
 

SUPPLEMENTS THAT CUT YOUR RISK OF SKIN CANCER

by Benjamin Becker

 
 

COQ10 FOR STATIN-RELATED MUSCLE PAIN?

by Benjamin Becker

 
 

THE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO COQ10 (COENZYME Q10)

by Benita Lee