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Cialis vs. Viagra

Both Viagra® (sildenafil citrate) and Cialis® (tadalafil) are used to treat erectile dysfunction (also known as ED). Erectile dysfunction is a condition in which a man is unable to consistently maintain an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse. There are many similarities between these two drugs, but also some important points to keep in mind when comparing Cialis vs. Viagra.
 
Cialis comes in tablet form and can be taken just when you need it (before anticipated sexual activity) or on a daily basis. A single dose of Cialis starts working in about 30 minutes and lasts for up to 36 hours. Viagra also comes in tablet form, but is only taken prior to sexual activity. A single dose of Viagra starts working in about 30 minutes and lasts for about 4 hours (perhaps longer in some men).
 
A very important difference between Cialis and Levitra is that Cialis is approved to treat enlarged prostate symptoms as well as ED. Levitra is not approved for this use.
 
Both medications have a similar effect on the body and work by inhibiting the chemical reaction that causes blood to flow out of the penis.
 
Viagra and Cialis also have similar safety concerns men should be aware of before beginning treatment. For example, both drugs may not be appropriate for men with certain medical conditions, such as heart disease, angina, or liver disease. And both medications can cause potentially serious side effects, such as priapism; sudden blindness; and an increased risk of a heart attack, stroke, or sudden death.
 
So which medicine is right for you? This will depend on a variety of factors and is a matter that should be discussed with your healthcare provider, who understands your situation best. Depending on your current health status, as well as what you expect from an erectile dysfunction medication, the two of you can come to a decision that is right for you.
 
(Click Cialis and Viagra to learn more about the similarities and differences between these two medications. These articles discuss such topics as possible side effects, dosing guidelines, when and how to take these drugs, and more.)
 
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