What is Spedra?

Spedra is a medicine used in the treatment of male impotence.

What is in Spedra?

The active constituent in Spedra is avanafil. This is a type of drug called a PDE5 inhibitor, and works by increasing blood flow to the penis.

Spedra also contains mannitol, fumaric acid, hydroxypropyl cellulose, calcium carbonate, low substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, magnesium stearate and ferric oxide yellow (E172).

Who makes Spedra?

Menarini, an Italian pharmaceutical firm, manufactures and markets Spedra. This is why the medicine is sometimes referred to as Spedra Menarini.

The firm was established in Naples in 1886.

When was it released?

In 2014.

What doses of Spedra are there?

Spedra is available in three doses, which are 50mg, 100mg and 200mg.

Do you need a prescription to buy Spedra?

Yes. It is not suitable for everyone, which means that a doctor will have to conduct a consultation with a prospective patient prior to issue. For this reason, Spedra is not available to buy over the counter in the UK.

What makes Spedra different to other ED medicines?

Primarily, the speed at which it works. Avanafil is noted for providing a quick response in users.

Is Spedra faster than other treatments?

Yes, Spedra is reputed to be faster on average than other tablet treatments that are taken on demand.

Spedra has a response time of 15-30 minutes, whereas Levitra (25-60 minutes), Cialis on-demand and Viagra (30-60 minutes) may take longer to work.

How long does Spedra last?

It remains active in the body for 4-5 hours.

How often should I take Spedra tablets?

Spedra should never be taken more than once a day, and your doctor may advise you to leave a two day gap between administrations. Follow your prescriber’s directions when taking this medicine, and do not exceed the stated dose.

Can women take Spedra?

No. It is not suitable for women to use.

Is Spedra better than Viagra and Cialis?

Among the benefits of Spedra are its quick response time and its duration of function.

Consequently, some men prefer to use Spedra over other treatments. It depends mostly on the individual, and what works best for them.

What are the side effects of Spedra?

The most commonly reported side effects for Spedra are headache, flushing and nasal stuffiness.

You can read more about the side effects of this medication on the product information page.

Is it safe for me to use Spedra?

A doctor will need to assess your medical profile to determine whether or not Spedra is safe for you to use.

Some conditions, such as angina, or kidney or liver disease, may make some patients unsuitable.

Our online consultation facility enables a doctor to assess your case securely.

Can I still take Spedra if I don’t have ED?

No. Spedra is only used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction, and is not licensed to treat other conditions, be they sexual dysfunctions or otherwise. Those who do not have erectile dysfunction will not benefit from taking Spedra recreationally; it will not make them better in bed or more sensitive to sexual arousal.

In fact, those who choose to take Spedra but do not have erectile dysfunction may be unnecessarily putting their health at risk.

Can Spedra interact with other medicines?

It has the capacity to, yes. Consequently, it is vital for patients to inform their doctor during consultation of any other medicines they are currently taking, or have recently taken. Spedra may potentially cause interactions with nitrates, treatments for HIV/AIDS, antifungal medicines, alpha-blockers, arrhythmia medications, antibiotics, epilepsy medicines, and antivirals.

Is Spedra affected by food or drink?

Medications can take longer to work if they are taken with or shortly following a large meal. Alcohol consumption can exacerbate erectile dysfunction, so drinking alcohol while taking Spedra at the same time may cause it to not work as well. Drinking alcohol can also lower blood pressure, which means that someone taking Spedra may have an increased susceptibility to side effects if they do both at the same time.

Grapefruit juice may also increase a user’s sensitivity to the medicine. The manufacturers of Spedra advise that men taking it should avoid drinking grapefruit juice a minimum of 24 hours beforehand.

Can I buy generic Spedra?

No. Spedra is the only medicine containing avanafil legally available to treat erectile dysfunction. Any seller offering to provide generic Spedra or avanafil for this purpose is doing so outside the law, and should therefore be avoided. You can read more about how to stay safe when buying Spedra on our information page.

Is Spedra known by different names?

In the US, the medicine is sold under the brand name Stendra. However in the UK and EU, it is sold only as Spedra. Once again, any pharmacy offering to sell the medicine under a different name is not legally permitted to do so, and should be treated with suspicion.

Where can I buy Spedra in the UK?

There are several ways you can get Spedra safely in the UK.

A primary care doctor may be able to issue a prescription for Spedra, but they may charge a fee for doing so, as it is not available on the NHS.

A private doctor is able to issue a prescription for Spedra, but again this may come at a charge.

High street pharmacies may be able to fulfil Spedra prescriptions, but will have to charge the market rate for the medicine. Again, because the medicine is not available on the NHS, the standard levy rate does apply to its purchase.

Is it safe to buy Spedra online?

Yes, providing you know what to look for from the site you are using. Online pharmacies can provide a safe and secure environment in which to get the treatment you need, but make sure that you follow our safe buying guidelines to ensure that the site providing the medication is genuine.

Page last reviewed:  24/08/2018