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Cialis
(tadalafil)

Viagra
(sildenafil)

Levitra
(vardenafil)

Helps you get aroused. Cialis (Tadalafil) 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.Helps you get aroused. Viagra (Sildenafil) is a first-choice treatment for erectile dysfunction. However, you need to take it at least 30 minutes before having sex, so the lack of spontaneity may not work for some people.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.
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4.89Cialis
Reviews for Cialis
66%
of people (All ages) say Cialis is worth it
46%
say it works well
14%
say it's a big hassle
606 reviews
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Reviews for Viagra
67%
-1% worse vs. Cialis
51%
-5% worse vs. Cialis
16%
+2% better vs. Cialis
843 reviews
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Reviews for Levitra
62%
+4% better vs. Cialis
36%
+10% better vs. Cialis
19%
+5% better vs. Cialis
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Side effects
CialisViagraLevitra
  • Indigestion 2%
  • Cough 4%
  • Back pain 2%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 2%
  • Abdominal pain 2%
  • Nasal congestion 2%
  • Urinary tract infection 2%
  • Acid reflux disease 2%
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  • Headache 12%
  • Flushing 9%
  • Indigestion 5%
  • Nasal congestion 2%
  • Urinary tract infection 1%
  • Abnormal vision 3%
  • Diarrhea 2%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Rash 1%
  • Respiratory tract infection 2%
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  • Allergic edema and angioedema 2%
  • Feeling unwell 2%
  • Allergic reactions 2%
  • Chest pain 2%
  • Ringing in the ears 2%
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How it works
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Cialis (Tadalafil) is a PDE-5 inhibitor. Blocking PDE-5 allows blood to enter the penis and helps create an erection. Cialis (Tadalafil) also treats enlarged prostate symptoms.Viagra (Sildenafil) is a PDE-5 inhibitor. Blocking PDE-5 allows blood to enter the penis and helps create an erection.Levitra (Vardenafil) is a PDE-5 inhibitor. Blocking PDE-5 allows blood to enter the penis and helps create an erection.
Type of medication
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Prescription onlyPrescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
CialisViagraLevitra
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Men over 50 years of age
Detailed Cialis (tadalafil) risks & warnings »
  • Having a heart attack, stroke, or rhythm problem in your heart in the last 6 months
  • Having low or high blood pressure
  • Heart failure or coronary artery disease causing unstable angina (chest pain)
  • Men over 50 years of age
  • Taking alpha blockers
Detailed Viagra (sildenafil) risks & warnings »
  • Having a heart attack, stroke, or rhythm problem in your heart in the last 6 months
  • Having low or high blood pressure
  • Heart failure or coronary artery disease causing unstable angina (chest pain)
  • Men over 50 years of age
  • Taking alpha blockers
Detailed Levitra (vardenafil) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Alcohol
CialisViagraLevitra
  • Don't drink a lot of alcohol when you're taking this medication since it can make dizziness worse.
No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.
Food
CialisViagraLevitra
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • Taking it after eating a high-fat meal can delay or reduce its effects.
  • It can be taken with or without food.
Sex
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  • Taking Cialis (Tadalafil) for erectile dysfunction can put you at increased risk for heart attack or stroke if you've had problems with your heart in the past. Also, it is not recommended for men to take Cialis (Tadalafil) if they've had a heart attack in the past 3 months or a stroke or a diagnosis of moderate to severe heart failure in the past 6 months. Talk to your doctor if you are interested in taking this medication.
No sex related info.No sex related info.
Upsides and benefits
CialisViagraLevitra
  • First-choice medication for treating erectile dysfunction.
  • It's the only one in its class to also treat enlarged prostate symptoms.
  • Can be taken either as needed, or on a regular basis (which allows you to be more spontaneous before sex).
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • Lasts longer than Viagra.
  • First-choice medication for treating erectile dysfunction.
  • It can be taken just when you need it.
  • 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 and risks
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  • Can't be taken if you've had a heart attack in the past 3 months, or stroke or heart failure in the past 6 months.
  • Only available as brand name, so it can be expensive.
  • Side effects can be more pronounced if you're over age 65.
  • 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).
  • You need to take it at least 30 minutes before sex.
  • Can't be taken if you've had a heart attack in the past 3 months, or stroke or heart failure in the past 6 months.
  • Side effects can be more pronounced if you're over age 65.
  • 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).
  • Taking it after eating a high-fat meal can delay or reduce its effects.
  • 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).
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • Comes in two differents doses: one that's taken on a regular basis and the other only when you need it.
  • If you're taking Cialis (Tadalafil) on a regular basis, take it at the same time every day.
  • Don't take [name_ommon] more than once a day.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • Don't drink a lot of alcohol when you're taking this medication since it can make dizziness worse.
  • If you have an erection for more than 4 hours, go to the ER or call your doctor.
  • Can cause flushing, headache, and dizziness.
  • It's best to take Viagra (Sildenafil) about 1 hour before sexual activity, but you can take it anywhere between 4 hours and 30 minutes before you need it.
  • Don't take it more than once a day.
  • If you have an erection for more than 4 hours, go to the ER or call your doctor.
  • Can cause flushing, a headache, or dizziness.
  • Works best when taken on an empty stomach. Fatty foods can prevent Viagra (Sildenafil) from working as well.
  • It's best to take Levitra (Vardenafil) about 1 hour before sexual activity, but you can take it anywhere between 4 hours and 30 minutes before you need it.
  • Don't take it more than once a day.
  • If you have an erection for more than 4 hours, go to the ER or call your doctor.
  • Can cause flushing, a headache, or dizziness.
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