When a man starts to notice erectile problems, the first idea that is likely to pop into his head is to try some kind of a pill to fix that. And that decision is absolutely right. Today there is a good selection of medications that help to overcome the problem of erectile dysfunction (ED) and to normalize the sex life from the very first tablet.

Certainly, the majority of drugs for ED can be bought and used on the doctor’s prescription only, so you cannot choose them at your own discretion. Still, it is better to get acquainted with the options available on your own in advance in order to feel comfortable and confident when discussing the issue with a specialist. As of today, the most popular products for treating ED are Viagra and Cialis, so, it seems to be quite reasonable to familiarize oneself with them in the first place.

But, before you start scrutinizing the information about the solutions to ED, it is crucial to get an understanding of the problem itself.

What Should You Know about Erectile dysfunction?

  • ED is the disorder, when a man cannot reach an erection that is strong enough to have satisfying intercourse or cannot preserve it for a period that is long enough for sex.
  • Healthy men can also face problems with getting a sufficient erection from time to time, for example, due to physical exhaustion or psychological issues.
  • The development of ED is associated with an extensive range of factors, including age, bad habits, a sedentary lifestyle, excess weight, concurrent diseases (e.g. diabetes or cardiovascular diseases), psychological problems.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, ED is not the disorder characteristic of the elderly age only. According to researchers, this problem affects up to 25% of men in their 30s (the figures differ depending on the study). Sure, with aging the risk of ED increases dramatically, especially when a man passes the age of 50.

Viagra and Cialis: The Main Differences

Above all, both products specified are available in the form of oral pills that are taken “as needed”. Their mechanism of action is identical: they assist a man in reaching and preserving a strong erection by increasing blood tension in his penis. At the same time, there is a range of significant differences between these medications, which is associated with the fact that they contain different active substances: Viagra includes Sildenafil, and Cialis ― Tadalafil.

Here are the crucial factors that will help you make the choice:

  1. The application. Unlike Viagra, Cialis is used for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia, apart from ED.
  2. The duration of the effect. The effect of Viagra lasts up to 6‒8 hours, and Cialis works up to 36 (!) hours. No doubt, if you plan a romantic weekend and want to be able to enjoy sex at any moment without attracting the partner’s attention to your erectile problems, Cialis is the best choice. On the other hand, many men prefer using ED medications with a short half-life, since they leave an organism quicker, which means their side effects last for a shorter period of time as well. In addition, there is a problem of drug interactions, i.e. one cannot take certain medications as far as an ED drug stays in his blood. Keep in mind that you cannot use more than 1 pill of any ED medication per a day, so you cannot prolong its effect.
  3. The speed of absorption. Experts recommend taking Cialis 30 minutes prior to intercourse, Viagra ― 30‒60 minutes before sex. However, those figures depend on the individual peculiarities of an organism to a considerable extent.
  4. The availability of generics. In addition to original brand versions, both medications can be bought in the form of varied generic products, which contain identical active substances and provide identical therapeutic effects, but are sold at much cheaper prices. Besides, buying generics, you can choose from a wider range of pharmaceutical forms.
  5. The side effects. Speaking about the lists of potential side effects, they are almost identical for both drugs. The most frequent adverse effects of Viagra and Cialis include headaches, upset stomach, flushes, stuffy and runny nose, pains in a back and muscles. Besides, Cialis can also cause pains in limbs and indigestion, while the use of Viagra is associated with dizziness, nausea, rash and changes in vision. But the risk of exact side effects depends greatly on the individual characteristics of the organism and the dosage taken.
  6. Mixing with food. Cialis can be safely taken both with and without food, but in the case of Viagra it is much more preferable to use it on an empty stomach. Still, in either case it is highly recommended avoiding fatty food, since it may affect the absorption of a medication, and, as a result, its effect will come later or will be weaker. Certainly, if you plan to start your romantic evening with an exquisite meal, Cialis is a better variant.

No doubt, the choice of ED drugs depends on the individual needs and preferences of a patient mainly. And, in many cases, men and their doctors try several products before making the final choice.