What is the Difference btween the moast comon Ed Medicaions?

Is Cialis the same as Viagra?

To give a short answer: no, Cialis is not the same as Viagra. These are two different medications used for the same purpose, and this purpose is the treatment of erectile dysfunction. There are certain similarities between the two, that is a fact, but there are also some very important differences that make one of these medications a clear winner. In this article, you are going to learn a bit more about these similarities but also about the said differences that are important.

Viagra WasThe First

Viagra is the first ED medication that got approved by the regulatory agencies, including MHRA. For five years between 1998 and 2003, it had no competition. As a result of this, people started using the name Viagra as a synonym for ED medications. However, in 2003, two other ED medications got their approval, and one of them was Cialis.

It was preceded only by a few months by Levitra and people thought that it would soon fall prey to it becoming the last one. However, over the years, it became obvious that it has certain advantages that make it a superior drug to the Viagra and Levitra.

Similar to the same effect

It is similar to Viagra as it has pretty much the same effects. It inhibits an enzyme known as PDE5 and thus allows healthy erections. This is the same way in which Viagra works, and as far as the mechanism of action is concerned, there is not much difference between the two. The contraindications are also the same, as well as the conditions that will require special care when prescribing.

The pricing is also similar, and there are very slight differences there.

Cialis is the fastest

However, there are certain differences that are much more visible and important. For one, Cialis starts working faster. It starts affecting in 25 minutes, while Viagra will take about 30 minutes to start working.

Also, there are differences in the likelihood of specific side effects occurring. Both these medications are unlikely to cause any side effects, but with Viagra, headaches are more probable, while with Cialis back pain is the more probable side effect.

Cialis lasts the longest

However, the most important difference and the characteristic that makes Cialis a superior medication is how long these two medications work. Namely, Viagra’s effects can be felt for 4 to 5 hours at the most, while Cialis’ can be felt for 36 hours. Effectively, this means that with Cialis, you can be ready whenever necessary, while with Viagra, you need to plan. It is much better when you do not need to plan.

Cialis vs. Viagra – What’s the difference between them?

Cialis and Viagra are both PDE5 inhibitors used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). Both only work when a man is sexually aroused. Cialis lasts for around 36 hours compared with only 4 to 5 hours for Viagra. Food does not affect the activity of Cialis, whereas food may decrease the effectiveness of Viagra. Cialis can be used once daily, at a smaller dosage, and is also effective at treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Dosage of Cialis may need to be reduced in men with liver or kidney problems, and risk of interactions may be higher than with Viagra.

What ingredients are contained in Cialis or Viagra, and how do they work?

Cialis is the brand name for tadalafil, and Viagra is the brand name for sildenafil. Both belong to a class of medicines known as phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. PDE5 inhibitors work only in the presence of sexual stimulation; as they rely on the natural release of nitric oxide (NO), a chemical only released during sexual arousal. NO, in turn, activates other substances to relax the smooth muscle inside the penis to allow the inflow of blood and an erection to occur. PDE5 inhibitors enhance the effect of NO.

Which drug was first approved, and which one lasts for longer?

On March 27, 1998, Viagra became the first oral pill, and the first PDE5 inhibitor, to be approved by the FDA to treat ED. A generic for Viagra was approved in March 2016 and released on December 2017.

Cialis was first approved for ED on November 21st, 2003. It was the third PDE5 inhibitor to come onto the market (after Levitra [vardenafil]). Cialis has an advantage over Viagra and Levitra in that it lasts for a lot longer – 36 hours, compared with 4-5 hours for Viagra and Levitra. A generic for Cialis was approved in May 2018 and released in September 2018.