Compare Cialis vs. Levitra

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

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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.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 606 reviewsforCialis
Helps you get an erection.

Levitra (vardenafil) helps with erectile dysfunction, but it may be expensive if not covered by your insurance.

3.4/ 5 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.
  • Shorter-acting compared to Cialis and may be preferable for occasional, as needed use.
  • You can take it with or without food.
  • It is better than taking an injection for erectile dysfunction.
  • Staxyn is a dissolving tablet, which can work faster than the pill.
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).
  • It's not safe to take more than one tablet a day.
  • Levitra (vardenafil) is only available as a brand name, so it can be expensive.
  • You can't use Levitra (vardenafil) 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
Price
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Reviews
606 reviews so far
66%
saidit'sworth it
46%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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47 reviews so far
62%
saidit'sworth it
36%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big 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
    15%
  • Flushing
    11%
  • Stuffy nose
    9%
  • Upset stomach
    4%
  • Accidental injury
    3%
  • Sinus infection
    3%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    3%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Increased creatinine kinase levels
    2%
  • Nausea
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Heart disease
  • Prolonged erection
  • Vision changes
  • Low blood pressure
    • Taking alpha blockers
    • Taking medications for high blood pressure
    • Drinking alcohol
  • Hearing loss
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  • Heart problems
    • Angina
    • Arrhythmia
    • Low blood or high pressure
    • Heart attack
    • History of stroke
    • Heart failure or heart disease
  • Prolonged erection
    • Peyronie's disease
    • Cavernosal fibrosis
  • Sudden vision or hearing loss
  • Low blood pressure
    • Taking alpha blockers
    • Taking nitrates
    • Taking blood pressure medicines
    • Taking riociguat
  • Increased side effects with other medicines
    • Age 65 years or older
    • Liver disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Taking medicines such as alpha blockers, ketoconazole, or ritonavir
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