Compare Cialis vs. Levitra

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Cialis (tadalafil)

Prescription only

Levitra (Vardenafil)

Prescription only
Helps you get aroused and achieve an erection/orgasm.

Cialis (tadalafil) is very effective and is the only medication in its class that treats both erectile dysfunction and enlarged prostate symptoms. You can also take it on a regular basis, which can allow for more spontaneity, but it can be expensive.

4.9/ 7 average rating with 606 reviewsforCialis
Helps you get aroused.

Levitra (Vardenafil) is a first-choice treatment for erectile dysfunction. However, you have to take it at least 60 minutes prior to sex, so the lack of spontaneity may not be good for some people. It can also be expensive.

4.6/ 7 average rating with 47 reviewsforLevitra
Upsides
  • Cialis (tadalafil) is the first-choice medication for treating erectile dysfunction.
  • Cialis (tadalafil) can be taken either as needed, or on a regular basis (which allows you to be more spontaneous before sex).
  • Cialis (tadalafil) has longer lasting effects than Viagra.
  • First-choice medication for treating erectile dysfunction.
  • It can be taken only when you need it.
  • It can be taken with or without food.
  • Available in two different forms, as a regular tablet and as an orally-disintegrating tablet.
Downsides
  • You can't take Cialis (tadalafil) if you've had a heart attack in the past 3 months, or stroke or heart failure in the past 6 months.
  • Cialis (tadalafil) is only available as brand name, so it can be expensive.
  • If you're older than age 65, you might have more side effects.
  • Can't use Cialis (tadalafil) if you've recently taken nitrates like Isordil, Imdur, or nitroglycerin (Nitro-BID, Nitro-Dur, Nitrostat).
  • Needs to be taken at least 60 minutes before sex.
  • Only available as brand name, so it can be expensive.
  • You need to reduce the amount of grapefruit you eat while taking Levitra (Vardenafil).
  • Can cause flushing, headache, and dizziness, or sudden hearing and vision changes.
  • Can't use if you've recently taken nitrates like Isordil, Imdur, or nitroglycerin (Nitro-BID, Nitro-Dur, Nitrostat).
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
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Reviews
606 
66%
think this treatment is worth it
46%
think this treatment works well
14%
think this treatment is a hassle

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47 
62%
think this treatment is worth it
36%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Headache
    4%
  • Indigestion
    2%
  • Back pain
    2%
  • Common cold
    2%
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10possible side effects
  • Headache
    4%
  • Rhinitis
    3%
  • Accidental Injury
    2%
  • Flu Syndrome
    2%
  • Back pain
    2%
  • Allergic edema and angioedema
    2%
  • Feeling unwell
    2%
  • Allergic reactions
    2%
  • Chest pain
    2%
  • Tinnitus
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Low blood pressure

    Taking alpha blockers

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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  • Heart attack or stroke

    Having a heart attack, stroke, or rhythm problem in your heart in the last 6 months

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Vision changes

    Men over 50 years of age

  • Low blood pressure

    Taking alpha blockers

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Heart rhythm problems

    Taking medications to control your heart rhythm

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