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The ED drug smackdown is on!

In one corner Cialis (aka Tadalafil) and in the other Viagra (aka Sildenafil). Who packs the right punch for you and your needs? Let’s find out!  

While both of these popular ED medications, Tadalafil and Sildenafil, have been around since 2017 and treat erectile dysfunction, each medication has its ups and downs, along with different outcomes for different people. Before we jump in, it’s important to note that there is no chemical difference between the generic drugs and their brand name versions; however, there are differences between the two different medications.   


What Are The Key Differences?  

The number one difference between the two drugs is how long they last. Tadalafil can last up to 36-hours, which means it will treat erectile dysfunction anytime within the 36-hour timeframe. While contender Sildenafil typically only lasts around 4 to 6 hours. For this reason, many often prefer Tadalafil as it allows users to have spontaneous sex.  

Another big plus for Tadalafil is that it can be taken on an empty stomach or with a meal, with no effect on the strength of the drug or how quickly it kicks in. It’s not necessary to take Viagra (sildenafil) with food. In fact, taking Viagra soon after eating a heavy meal especially if the meal contains lots of fat can delay absorption of the drug, which could make it less effective. 

What About Side Effects?   

It’s important to note that if you are taking either medication and begin to feel symptoms such as chest pain, dizziness, nausea, or have an erection lasting more than four, it’s best to stop taking the medication and contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately.   


Common side effects of Sildenafil include: headaches, nasal congestion, nausea, dizziness, rash, urinary tract infections, diarrhea, an inability to differentiate between green and blue, facial flushing, and stomach pain. About 15% of people who take Sildenafil have reported experiencing one or more side effects.  


Common side effects of Tadalafil include: headaches, upset stomach, diarrhea, facial flushing, flu-like symptoms, nausea, low blood pressure, blurred vision, changes in visual colors, and abnormal ejaculation. Some of these side effects can be managed by changing the dosage prescribed, so be sure to reach out to your doctor or pharmacist.   

What’s The Recommended Dosage?  


Tadalafil: For most individuals, the recommended starting dose is 10 mg per day taken before sexual activity. Depending on your body’s response, the dose may be increased to 20 mg or decreased to 5 mg a day. Those who suffer from kidney or liver conditions may need additional adjustments.   


Sildenafil: The usual recommended dose between 25 to 100 mg 1 hour before sexual activity. The maximum quantity is 100 mg daily. Sildenafil should be taken on an empty stomach for rapid results. Patients over 65 are generally encouraged to start at 25mg, but the dosage can be adjusted as needed.  


Having Trouble Deciding Which Is Right For You?   

Need more help and information when it comes to deciding which medication works best for you? Be sure to chat with your doctor or our pharmacist to learn more.   

When you’re ready to order, we are here to help you save on your prescription! Our prices are 80% lower than most pharmacies, and we even provide free discreet delivery right to your door.   

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