Confused about which Erectile Dysfunction drug (Cialis, Viagra, Levitra) to take?

Written by:Stephen Slater

ED TrialPacksReady to combat erectile dysfunction but confused about which erectile dysfunction drug to take? You are not the only one. There only three oral drugs approved by the FDA to treat erectile dysfunction:- Cialis, Viagra, & Levitra with active ingredients Tadalafil, Sildenafil Citrate & Vardenafil, respectively. Due to patent and trade mark issues many of the brand name drugs are called by their active ingredient names. For instance, Cialis regular tablets are sold online as either Tadalafil Tablets or Generic Cialis. By familiarizing yourself with the names of the active ingredients you will become one of the growing number of educated consumers who save significantly from buying generic drugs. Generic drugs use the identical ingredients and work just as well as the brand name drugs but cost significantly less. As to which erectile dysfunction drug to take, I will outline the pros and cons of each drug. In addition, I have included the “soft“ tablet versions of Cialis and Viagra which have been growing in popularity.

Viagra, Cialis and Levitra all work in a very similar manner. They help the blood flow to the penis and thus cause an erection when excited. The main difference between the erectile dysfunction drugs are:- (a) the time before the drug starts to act after consumption and (b) how long the effect of the drug will last. Also, another important factor to consider when selecting an erectile dysfunction drug is the potential side effects.

Cialis (Tadalafil) - Regular and Soft Tablets

Cialis is the newest innovation in erectile dysfunction medication, and is not only fast acting (works in 30 minutes) but is also known to be effective for as long as 36 hours. Cislis has by far the longest-lasting effect of all ED medications. Men taking Cialis have greater flexibility and need only to take a tablet once every 36 hours.  The main drawbacks of Cialis are that it’s relatively expensive and some people are uncomfortable having the active ingredient in their system for such an extended period of time. Recently a “soft” version of Cialis was introduced which has a small advantage over the regular Cialis tablet with regards to acting faster (15-20 minutes).

Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) - Regular and Soft Tablets

Viagra was considered revolutionary when it was developed more than 10 years ago and   is still the most popular among all ED medications. The major advantages of Viagra are:- the lowest price of all ED medications and, reportedly, the highest potency  at the lower dosage levels.  On the negative side Viagra takes the longest time to act (1 hour) and has the shortest time of effect (3-4 hours). Also, reportedly Viagra has more side effects.  To combat these negatives a “soft” version of Viagra has been introduced.  Viagra Soft is a chewable tablet which is absorbed directly into the bloodstream and acts much faster (15-20 minutes). Also, the effect of Viagra Soft lasts approximately 6 hours which is an improvement over the regular tablet of 3 – 4 hours.

Levitra (Vardenafil)

Levitra is the lesser known of the three ED medications but plays an important role in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Reportedly, Levitra has the mildest side effects of all ED medications. Although Levitra shares similar side effects to Cialis and Viagra, it is more suited to men with underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.  Levitra has been proven to work in men who have failed to respond to a Viagra dosage, it is also seen as a sensible second choice for those men who can not use Cialis.  Levitra takes between 10 and 60 minutes to start working and reportedly is effective for up to 6 hours.  

Viagra - Cialis - Levitra Comparison Table

Drug
Name

Dosage

Time before it starts
to act

How to take

Fatty food/
alcohol

Effect lasts

Viagra

50mg,
100mg

1 hour

take with a glass of water

no

3-4 hours

Viagra
Soft

50mg,
100mg

15 - 20 minutes

should be chewed until dissolved completely

no

Up to 6 hours

Cialis

10mg
20mg

30 minutes

take with a glass of water

no

Up to 36 hours

Cialis Soft

20mg

15 - 20 minutes

should be chewed until dissolved completely

no

24 - 36 hours

Levitra

20mg

10 minutes - 1 hour

take with a glass of water

no

Up to 6 hours

If you have never taken impotence medication before you may wish to consider buying an ED Trial Pack from a reputable online pharmacy. ED Trial packs will include equal number of Viagra, Cialis and Levitra pills for the purpose of giving you the chance to try each of the leading impotence medications. You may find that one medication gives you better results than another, or that you experience side effects with one medication, but not with the others.

Examples of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Trial Packs

Package

Package content

Viagra + Cialis

Viagra

100mg × 10 pills

Cialis

20mg × 10 pills

Viagra Soft + Cialis Soft

Viagra Soft

100mg × 10 soft tab

Cialis Soft

20mg × 10 soft tab

Viagra + Cialis + Levitra 
most popular trial pack

Viagra

100mg × 10 pills

Cialis

20mg × 10 pills

Levitra

20mg × 10 pills