How are Viagra and Cialis different?

Choosing which may be right for you

requires some basic knowledge of how each works in the body and knowing your needs

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  • Viagra (sildenafil) and Cialis (tadalafil) can be effective in as little as 1 hour, though for some patients these medicines can work more rapidly.
  • Sildenafil will work reliably for 6-8 hours but tadalafil will work for up to 36 hours.
  • To find out which medication may be right for you, talk with your healthcare provider.

Weighing the benefits and risks of Cialis versus Viagra requires some basic knowledge of each. A brief comparison of Viagra (Sildenafil) 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, and the side effects each of them might cause.

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.

Viagra vs. Cialis

Viagra (sildenafil) and Cialis (tadalafil) can be effective in as little as 1 hour, though for some patients these medicines can work more rapidly.

Viagra leaves the body in about 6 to 8 hours, while Cialis can work for 24 to 36 hours. approximately 70%  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) they cause will fade rapidly as the medication leaves the bloodstream. That means that someone who experiences nasal congestion or flushing when they use either Cialis (tadalafil) or Viagra (sildenafil) may find it useful to take the shorter acting medication, Viagra (sildenafil). The length of time a medicine works is important to some.

Timing is a deciding factor

Let’s 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 sildenafil (Viagra). Another man 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 tadalafil (Cialis). Also, Cialis can be taken in a low daily dose and for a solid subset of patients, this is preferred.

The drugs’ side effects can be slightly different

Sometimes, a side effect might lead a person to take one ED medication over another. Though rare with either medication, Cialis is less likely than Viagra to cause visual color changes. However, because it has been on the market longer, Viagra has a much longer safety record than other ED medications. Common side effects with either medication include upset stomach, diarrhea, flushing, nasal congestion, headache, and changes in blood pressure. A comprehensive overview of the side effects of ED medications can be found here.

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.

Learn more about erectile dysfunction here.

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