Cialis Vs Viagra Vs Levitra: Dosage, Side Effects And Drug Interactions

Cialis Vs Viagra Vs Levitera

Cialis Vs Viagra Vs Levitera

In this article, we’ll discuss what are the difference between Cialis  and Viagra.

The section of the male population that goes through Prostate surgery (Prostatectomy) are usually left with no option post-surgery except for inducing the intake of medicines in their life. These medicines are PDE-5 inhibitors and block the restraining action of PDE-5 enzymes (lowering blood pressure), thus increasing muscle relaxation and in turn blood flow to the penis.

This is important because once the surgery is performed, the male usually becomes impotent for a random but long period of time. This impotency or erectile dysfunction occurs due to unavoidable nerve damage that occurs during surgery, whether by hand or robotic equipment.

Once the nerves are harmed, it becomes impossible for the brain to send signals to the penis or the urethra, thus sensual feelings such as arousal and stimulation are restricted.

As the nerves are all connected to the Central Nervous System (CNS) in the brain, it is vital that no nerve attached to any part of the body must be damaged as this erases any possible form of communication between the respective organ and the brain. 

For alleviating this relationship disrupting problem, medical professionals have worked extensively for decades on improving the effectiveness of PDE-5 inhibitors such as Viagra (Sildenafil), Cialis (Tadalafil) and Levitra (Vardenafil).

When erectile dysfunction becomes an issue, most males turn to this form of medication to revive their erection capabilities. Let’s compare these three medicines and understand the purpose, dosage, side effects, and their half-life better.

All of them react with nitric oxide present in the body and allows the smooth muscles to relax, which increases blood flow to the penis. This helps in bringing about the effects of sexual arousal and utilizes the chemical for longer erection times.

Dosage

Viagra is available in quantities of 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg tablets which are to be consumed orally. If you are consuming Viagra for instant sexual stimulation then 50 mg doses are what are typically administered.

The effects of Viagra range from 4 hours to a maximum of 6 hours and take anything between 30 minutes and 90 minutes to start kicking in.

Cialis is a much stronger PDE-5 inhibitor and exhibits stronger effects. This tablet is available in smaller doses of 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg. Again, depending on the purpose, doses are administered. If you are an erectile dysfunction patient who has just undergone prostatectomy then daily doses of 2.5 mg must be taken to significantly quicken the process of healing damaged nerves by increasing blood flow.

If you require instant sexual stimulation then 10 mg doses do the job. For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) patients, 5 mg tablets at a precise time must be taken every day. Also, Cialis stays in the system for up to 36 hours and has much longer erection effects.

Levitra, also known as, Vardenafil, on the other hand, is prescribed in tablets of 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg. The generic prescription is 10 mg and it must be taken at a plus-minus 5 limit to adjust its effectiveness and side effects. It can be taken on an empty stomach and kicks in within 15 minutes to 60 minutes. The half-life of this tablet is 4 to 6 hours, just like that of Viagra.

Side Effects

The common side effects that come with these tablets are cold and cough, chest congestion, headache, redness of the skin and back pain. So if you are looking to avoid any of these side effects I am sorry to say you are out of options. 

Viagra is the only one PDE-5 inhibitor that does not contribute to gastrointestinal problems such as indigestion. But Viagra pretty much has the most side effects. If this form of medication is being used for recreational purposes then it can cause severe side effects. Only people who are administered this medicine due to erectile dysfunction must consume them.

Cialis has the lowest side effects and does not lead to vision alterations which build to dizziness and headaches. Though beware as due to its long-lasting effects of more than a day, you can suffer from pain in the limbs and also priapism (prolonged erection).

Levitra too does not affect vision but it yet leads to headaches and dizziness. Indigestion and chest congestion issues will remain, but you will not experience traits of nausea, rashes and muscle ache (which both Viagra and Cialis contribute to).

Drug Interactions

As PDE-5 inhibitors function in a similar manner, their drug interactions are also similar.

  • Any blood pressure related drugs like calcium and alpha channel blockers can lead to fatal heart strokes if consumed with either Viagra, Cialis or Levitra. 
  • People who are using medicines for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) disorders must never mix a PDE-5 inhibitor with their existing prescription. This leads to overworking the relaxing of blood vessels and much lower blood flow than usual. Modafinil and Armodafinil are some examples of PAH medication.
  • Drugs from the antifungal medicinal section such as Sporanox and Onmel.
  • Never mix two erectile dysfunction drugs with one another.
  • HIV class of drugs known as protease inhibitors and antibacterial medicines such as the likes of Clarithromycin (Biaxin).
  • Any medicine that has nitrates as an ingredient much be avoided. This contributes to the already existing effect of PDE-5 inhibitors.  Some examples are Mokonet and Nitroglycerin.
  • Drinking more than usual amounts of alcohol while a PDE-5 inhibitor is present in your body can lead to seizures and random effects on the body.

Purpose

Levitra, Cialis, and Viagra are all primarily administered to a patient if they suffer from impotence or erectile dysfunction. But in many cases, these drugs can be used for different purposes which will not be mentioned in the medication guide. 

Levitra is known to reduce blood flow to the optic nerve linked to the eye, this leads to random vision loss and dizziness which can lead to accidents while driving or even walking.

Cialis also acts as a catalyst in the recovery process of patients who are victims of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). An additional benefit of this medicine is that it helps males who are struggling with early ejaculation, orgasm related issues and heart diseases like Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH).  

Viagra is a more universally used and suggested medicine for mainly Erectile Dysfunction. It was approved by the FDA in 1998 and ever since has been on the shelve of every medical store in your vicinity. Viagra is known to give men better control over their sensual feelings, which proves to help in prolonged ejaculation. 

Now, that we know about the possible side effects, required dosage amounts, their half-life and extended purposes of usage, we must make a wise and calculated choice. Considering the disorder you have been diagnosed with, requirements for recovery, the purpose of consumption and health history, you can choose the perfect medicine.

Remember, the cost can also play an important role in determining your choice as the price varies by hundreds of dollars. This is why before you buy your choice of medicine, you must analyze all factors, weigh the pros and cons and then stumble upon the pharmaceutical store.