Viagra, Spedra, Cialis and Levitra: What’s the Difference?
Over the past 20 years, awareness of erectile dysfunction, and the treatments for it, have risen exponentially; and now, men are more ready to seek help for the condition than they previously have been.
Consequently, the treatment market has grown, as has the range of medicines available for the condition.
In fact, there are so many medicinal solutions for the condition now that it can be daunting for those seeking treatment for the first time to know which one is going to work best for them.
While other forms of ED treatment are being introduced onto pharmacy shelves and explored by medicine developers, pills remain the preferred choice for many. However, even if you’ve managed to narrow it down to this form, you’re still faced with several different treatments.
But what are the fundamental differences between these medicines? Do they do the same job, or does each pill have its own individual advantages?
To help, we thought it might be useful to compare the particular characteristics of each erectile dysfunction pill, and the situations they are more suited to.
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Pick the treatment which suits you best
Let’s start with Cialis.
This drug has been developed by Lilly in two forms: as a daily pill, and as a ‘weekend’ pill.
With Cialis Daily, you take it in the same way you would a maintenance treatment: once a day, at the same time each day.
The obvious drawback of this drug is that you have to take it so often.
However, the outstanding benefit of it is that it remains fully functional, 24 hours a day.
That doesn’t mean that you’ll have a constant erection all the time, but rather that the drug will kick into action whenever you’re sexually stimulated.
This allows you to be spontaneous, and means you’re ready to have sex at any time convenient for you and your partner. And, perhaps just as importantly, it means you can take it at a time appropriate for you, and don’t have to duck away during foreplay.
The regular or ‘weekend’ pill is so-called because one dose lasts for up to 36 hours after being taken. So, while you’ll need to take it around 30 minutes before you plan to have sex, it will remain active for a day and a half afterwards, enabling spontaneity during this period.
Among the more common side effects are headache, back pain, blocked nose, indigestion, reflux and muscular pain.
Verdict: The daily version is great for those who don’t mind taking a pill every day, and plan to have sex around two to three times a week.
Next up: Levitra.
As an on-demand treatment, this pill is taken as and when required.
This is a preferable option for those who don’t want to take their treatment every day. But it does mean that you’ll need to take it before you want to have sex.
That said, this Bayer-developed treatment doesn’t take too long to work. On average, you’ll notice the effects of Levitra between 25 and 60 minutes after taking it, and it stays active for up to 5 hours afterwards.
The main advantage which Levitra has over its competitors though, is that you can also get it in orodispersible form. This is a special type of tablet, which dissolves discreetly on the tongue, without the need for water; ideal for those looking to pop their treatment in their mouth with minimal fuss, and without disrupting the mood.
Headaches, indigestion, a stuffy or runny nose, dizziness and flushing are the most common side effects.
Verdict: Those looking for a subtle option might find the orodispersible pill is the best choice for them.
Spedra is one of the newer products to enter the market.
Like other on-demand pills, it is taken at the user’s convenience, as and when required.
It is most noted however, for it’s speed of action.
In comparison to Viagra, Levitra and even Cialis, which may take around half an hour or in some cases even longer to produce results, Spedra can work in as little as 15 minutes.
So, while it is obviously not as quick as Cialis Daily, which effectively works immediately, it is reported to be the fastest among the other one-dose options; and, in terms of speed, the next best thing.
The list of common side effects for this item is also shorter than those of the others, including headache, flushing and nasal congestion. But one drawback is that, at present, it is only available in standard tablet form.
Verdict: Ideal for users looking for speedy, on-demand results.
And finally: Viagra.
The blue pill made by Pfizer needs little introduction.
Among the treatments you can buy for impotence, Viagra is probably the only one which can really be referred to as a household name.
As the oldest prescription pill for the condition, developed way back in 1998, on paper, it doesn't stand above those others which have become available since in terms of performance.
You can only buy it in standard tablet form. It takes between 30 and 60 minutes to work, whereas others may be faster. It stays active for around four hours, while other on-demand options still produce results for five hours afterwards, or in the case of Cialis, 36 hours hence.
However, as the most widely-used and well-known erectile dysfunction medicine, it has helped more men than any other treatment on this list.
The list of recorded side effects is longer than the others; but it’s also worth noting that this medication has been in circulation for the longest, so this is to be expected.
Verdict: Tried and tested by millions worldwide, Viagra is the most established erectile dysfunction treatment out there.
Pills are of course not the only option. Other forms of treatment are available for erectile dysfunction.