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Comparing Cialis, Levitra, and Viagra

Several different drugs can be used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence. This condition is diagnosed when a man has a repeated inability to achieve and maintain an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse.
 
Common medications used in erectile dysfunction treatment include Levitra® (vardenafil HCL), Viagra® (sildenafil citrate), and Cialis® (tadalafil). When comparing these three products, there are similarities and differences to be aware of.
 
All of these drugs work in a similar way: by inhibiting the chemical process that causes blood to flow out of the penis. More blood in the penis leads to an improved erection. All three also come in tablet form and can be taken with or without food, but should be taken with a glass of water.
 
Levitra and Viagra are taken prior to sexual activity, as is Cialis; however, Cialis can also be taken on a daily basis, regardless of when sexual activity is anticipated.
 
When comparing Cialis, Levitra, and Viagra, one important difference lies in how long the effects last. Viagra lasts for about four hours (perhaps longer in some men), Levitra probably lasts a bit longer (some studies show it may last for at least 10 hours), and Cialis lasts for about 36 hours.
 
Another very important difference is that Cialis is approved to treat enlarged prostate symptoms as well as ED. Levitra and Viagra are not approved for this use.
 
The exact medication that your healthcare provider prescribes will depend on a wide range of factors, including your age, if any other medical conditions are present, and if you are taking certain other drugs. Discuss your expectations for ED treatment with your healthcare provider. Together, the two of you can reach a decision that is right for you.
 
(Click Cialis, Levitra, and Viagra for specific information about all three medications. These articles describe in detail how these drugs work, possible side effects, safety precautions to be aware of during treatment, and more.)
 
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