Stendra and Cialis both belong to erectile dysfunction treatment drugs. In addition, they can be used for other purposes, not described in this article, such as, pulmonary hypertension or benign prostatic hyperplasia treatment. However, the main area of application of Cialis and Stendra is ED treatment. In this article we are going to compare both drugs, provide details and outline the key differences in a table below. Check it out!

Erectile dysfunction can be characterized by partial or complete inability to reach solid and long-lasting erections during sexual arousal. ED may have various underlying conditions as its causes. Over 70% of men experience erectile dysfunction to the certain extend after the age of 45. To ED aggravating factors belong stress, medication for depression treatment and cardiovascular diseases.

Cialis vs Stendra: active ingredients, how they work and what’s the difference

Cialis contains Tadalafil as its active ingredient. This pharmaceutical substance belongs to the group of PDE5 inhibitors (phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors). It doesn’t have a direct effect on penis tissues and blood vessels relaxation. This group of substances provides an impressive effect, when backed up with sexual stimulation. As a result, men can have sex when they want it by taking a pill of Stendra about 30-40 minutes in advance. Tadalafil (Cialis) and generics appeared on the market after Viagra and hold the second place in worldwide popularity of ED treatment drugs. Tadalafil may work for those patients, who don’t feel the effect from Sildenafil (Viagra). It can be explained by individual insensitivity and individual body characteristics.

Stendra contains Avanafil that is one of the PDE-5 inhibitors as well. This active ingredient and this trademark were registered later and are not that popular, in comparison to Cialis, Viagra and their generics.

Cialis vs Stendra: available dosages for brand and generic medications and how to choose the right one

Branded Cialis is available in the following dosages:

  • 5 mg – for mild ED cases;
  • 5 mg – the recommended starting dosage;
  • 10 mg – for more complicated cases;
  • 20 mg – for sever ED symptoms manifestation.

The range of dosages in generic Cialis is a lot more impressive: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, 100 mg and 200 mg. It helps choosing the proper dosage easier and safe a lot of money.

Branded Stendra can be found in:

  • 50 mg – to be taken 30 minutes prior to sex
  • 100 mg – to be taken 15 minutes prior to sex, works for most of patients
  • 200 mg – to be taken 15 minutes prior to sex, works in severe cases.

The number of options for generic Stendra is the same for now.

What aspects are different in Stendra and Cialis?

Both help in ED treatment, but the key advantage of Stendra branded drugs and Avanafil generics is their rapid action: The active ingredient starts working in 15 minutes after pill intake. For some men this factor is decisive, because Stendra works great for spontaneous sex. To compare with Cialis: this medication may need 40-60 minutes to start working.

Cialis can provide longer action in comparison to Stendra, so it is chosen by men, who plan a weekend beforehand and want to take a pill on Friday evening or forget about the issue for 36 hours. Stendra gives quite standard timeframe for having sex: 4-5 hours since pill intake. In this regard Stendra has a lot in common with Viagra.

Stendra is patented and manufactured by Vivus Inc. The drug received FDA approval in 2012 and EMA approval in 2013. Cialis is patented and manufactured by Lilly ICOS, LLC (ICOS Corporation and Eli Lilly and Company) since 2012.

Some experts consider Stendra a drug with fewer side effects in comparison to Cialis, but little scientific data is available about it. The only fact is that Stendra leaves the body faster may prove that it is less risky to be taken. The same characteristic is a disadvantage: some men admit they cannot fully enjoy sex for this 4-5 hour-interval. Keep in mind, most doctors recommend not to exceed 1 pill per 24 hours.

Both Stendra and Cialis can be paired with foods and drinks. Stendra is marketed as a drug that is compatible with a moderate amount of alcohol (up to 3 portions). In fact, Cialis is a lot safer in this aspect, because it should be taken once per 36 hours and has little change to interact with alcohol at all.

Cialis is getting more prescriptions than Stendra due to longer time on the market. In general, the active ingredients are similar, the key differences are time to start acting and duration of action after a pill intake.

Characteristic

Cialis

Stendra

Dosages 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg
Time required to start acting 30-60 minutes depending on individual reactions 15-30 minutes depending on the dosage
Time of action Up to 36 hours Up to 5 hours
Combination with foods and alcohol Can be combined with any foods and moderate amount of alcohol.

Little risk of any dangerous combinations due to prolonged time of action and rare intake.

 

Can be combined with any foods and moderate amount of alcohol (up to 3 glasses of wine or up to 3 shots of 40% spirits).

May lead to discomfort or side effects manifestations when taken with more alcohol.

 

Side effects Flushing of the face, nasal congestion – more common.

Headache, dyspepsia, back pain, myalgia – rare.

Headache, flushing, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and back pain – more common.

Painful long-lasting erection (over 4 hours) loss of vision or hearing, tinnitus – rare.

Availability of generics Yes, very popular, Yes, not very popular.
Price Branded – average $40 per pill

Generics – from $1.43 per pill

Branded – average $43 per pill

Generics – from $2.19 per pill

You might have noticed that Cialis has a wider range of dosage options. It means men can easier pick up the right one without overloading the organism with the active substance. It means they may have lower risks of experiencing side effects. On the contrary, Stendra is available only in 3 dosages, so although it is easier to try them all, you may be overpaying for pills without knowing it. Who knows, maybe 75% of the dosage is enough for you? Stendra is excreted from the body quicker, so side effects are unlikely.

Cialis is a great choice for men, who have planned sex, while a pill requires up to an hour to start working. It lasts longer, so you can take it in advance without attracting unnecessary attention of your sexual partner.

Stendra is perfect for men, who enjoy adventures and spontaneous sex. Only 15 minutes to start working, but keep in mind it works for higher dosages. With a 50-mg dosage you still need to wait for half an hour. Feel free to treat yourself to some alcohol this night, regardless of the medication you have taken – but do not lose control.

Generic Cialis can be easily found in most of trusted online pharmacies. Generic Stendra is not yet very popular but is going to appear there soon. Cialis is a little bit cheaper, both branded and generic.

Remember, ED itself cannot be cured, because it’s a condition, not a disease. However, erectile dysfunction medications can provide men with the ability to have high quality sexual life. Their pharmaceutical action is based on dilating blood vessels in penis and genital area and help reach and maintain erection, when it is hardly possible without them. Both drugs do not work without sexual excitement or sexual stimulation. Brain signals of sexual readiness should trigger the mechanism. Today ED meds remain the most effective way to treat problems with erection. Other methods either have a long list of side effects and contraindications or can’t offer high efficacy.

Make sure you consult your physician before using any of them. Hope you will make the right choice!