Cialis vs. Levitra

Weighing the benefits and risks of Levitra versus Cialis requires some basic knowledge of each. A brief comparison of Levitra (Vardenafil) versus Cialis (Tadalafil) can be made by examining how they can be used (‘as needed’ for either or daily for Cialis), the time it takes for them to work, the length of time they continue to work, the restrictions on how they can be taken, the contraindications to their use, and the side effects each of them might cause.

Though similar, ED medications have different effects and side effects. Levitra (Vardenafil) has a relatively rapid onset compared to Cialis (Tadalafil). Levitra can be effective in as little as 1 hour, while Cialis might not take effect for 2 hours, though for some patients these medicines can work more rapidly.

Levitra will be out of the body in about 6 to 8 hours while Cialis can work for 24 to 36 hours. Levitra works about as quickly as Viagra and lasts about as long. Levitra can be taken with food (as long as it isn’t excessively fatty),, which is an excellent option with obvious real world usefulness. Cialis can be taken without any restrictions concerning when a meal is eaten, even if it is very fatty (still not advisable, however).
 
The effect of Levitra may not be needed beyond 6 or 8 hours and any side effects it causes will fade rapidly as a medication leaves the bloodstream. Why have a medication in your system, whether it causes side effects or not, for any longer than you need it?
 
The differences people experience in terms of the effects or side effects can make one drug preferred over the others, depending on a person’s circumstance. Sometimes, a peculiar side effect might prevent a person from taking Levitra but not Cialis, or vice a versa. Some patients might not be able to take Levitra because they are on a medication that might lead to a cardiac arrhythmia that would not occur if they used Cialis.
 
How might choices be made? Consider two men. One might be able to predict when sexual activity will occur. A drug that works rapidly and leaves his system quickly thereafter would be perfect, as with Levitra. If dining is part of the evening’s plan, Levitra or Cialis can be used but Levitra will be out of his system by morning and any side effects like nasal stuffiness or flushing will disappear as the medicine is cleared out of his body. One restriction on the meal exists, however. It is not necessary to take Levitra on an empty stomach but it is best to avoid a very fatty meal when taking the pill. Fat interferes with its absorption, but only after a meal that is so high in fat it constitutes more than 55% of the calories consumed.
 

Now, you may think that gives Levitra (vardenafil) a clear advantage for someone wanting to take a short acting tablet, but there is another important consideration. Levitra (Vardenafil) can cause an abnormality seen on EKG called QT prolongation or make long QT syndrome more pronounced. If that occurs, serious irregular heartbeats can follow. Therefore, when Levitra (Vardenafil) is prescribed, its potential effect on the QT interval should be considered. There are numerous medications and conditions that can complicate giving this medication to one person that may not be present in another. The list of medications that can cause QT prolongation is quite large. Some patients use Viagra or Sildenafil if that is the case; others choose to use Cialis even though all they need is a short action of duration.

What does a second man do who might know sex will occur during the course of a weekend but cannot know exactly when that will occur? For him, a drug with a prolonged period of activity is far more important than how long it takes for a medicine to start working. He would prefer Cialis. Also, Cialis can be taken in a low daily dose and for a solid subset of patients, this is preferred. Yet, one issue is rarely the sole factor men consider when taking a medication for erectile dysfunction. It is the interplay between a man’s social circumstances (and that of their partner), his need for a rapid onset of medication activity versus a prolonged duration of action, the individual reaction to the drug in terms of side effects, a person’s prior medical history, the other medications they take, and the very personal definition of what it means to achieve an erection satisfactory for sexual activity.
 
Levitra can be effective in as little as 1 hour, though for some patients it can work more rapidly. In fact, some patients find that Levitra (vardenafil) can start to have an effect in 15 minutes. Nevertheless, it should be approached as reliably taking effect in 1 hour.
 
Levitra leaves the body in about 6 to 8 hours. That means that while it is very effective–approximately 75% of patients will achieve a satisfactory erection–it will work reliably only for 6-8 hours. Nevertheless, the effect of a medication may not be needed beyond 6 or 8 hours, and any side effects (in addition to any positive effect) it causes will fade rapidly as the medication leaves the bloodstream. That means that someone who experiences nasal congestion or flushing when they use Levitra (vardenafil) may find it an advantage to take the shorter acting medications, as opposed to Cialis–which last far longer (up to 36 hours). It might be worth a bit of nasal congestion during the time when sex will occur but there would be no reason to endure a stuffy nose for 30 hours after sexual intimacy had concluded.
 
Sometimes, a peculiar side effect might prevent a person from taking Cialis but not Vardenafil.
 
Again, it is never as simple as considering just one factor. There is a good deal of trial and error in finding the right medicine, the most effective dose, and the plan that results in the fewest side effects. Sometimes, a side effect is worth the benefit, sometimes not. On occasion, a man will be on medications that require a dose adjustment. Even a simple antibiotic like erythromycin can alter how the body handles either medication and the dose must be adjusted. Grapefruit juice can do so, as well. Some medications lower blood pressure and each of these medications, Levitra or Cialis, can add to that blood pressure lowering effect and be quite dangerous. Nitrates, nitrites, and nitroglycerin can all be dangerous when combined with medications that treat erectile dysfunction. The key is to get educated and share all your information with each of your healthcare providers. Only by doing so can a safe, effective, and personalized treatment plan be crafted with your goals and your safety preserved.