Viagra Alternatives

If Viagra works so well, why bother with a different medication? As most drugs do, Viagra is not without its side effects...

Published: Tuesday 02 August 2016

Viagra and Alcohol

Pfizer manufactured this medication to treat erectile dysfunction. Approved by the FDA in the 1990s, the medication’s patent ended in 2013, allowing other pharmaceutical companies to recreate the revolutionary drug’s formula with generic versions including Sildenafil and diversify erectile dysfunction treatments to include Cialis, Spedra, Levitra, and Nipatra.

If Viagra works so well, why bother with a different medication? As most drugs do, Viagra is not without its side effects, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Visual disturbances
  • Hot flushes
  • Blocked nose
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Headaches

It is important to note that the majority of patients taking Viagra will not suffer these side effects and the medication has been proven as safe and effective for millions of men for decades.

However, the newer medications have similar treatment effects on the body but with subtle differences as they have other active ingredients. This makes each of the medicines dissimilar in terms of action time, how long it lasts, how often it can be taken, how it reacts with food and, of course, side effects. 

There is no medication that is better than the other. Each has its merits and disadvantages, and your GP can advise you which would suit you and your lifestyle best.

  Active Ingredient Strengths sold Action time Duration Food Legal
Viagra Sildenafil citrate 25mg, 50mg, 100mg 30 min - 1 hour 4 hours Affected Yes
Sildenafil Sildenafil citrate 25mg, 50mg, 100mg 30 min - 1 hour 4 hours Affected Yes
Spedra Avanafil 50mg, 100mg, 200mg 15-30 min 6 hours Affected Yes
Levitra Vardenafil 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, 10mg orodispersible 25-60 min 4-5 hours Affected Yes
Cialis Tadalafil 10mg, 20mg 30 min 36 hours Not affected Yes
Cialis Daily Tadalafil 2.5mg, 5mg Continuous Continuous Not Affected Yes
Nipatra Sildenafil citrate 25mg, 50mg, 100mg chewable tablets 30 min - 1 hour 4 hours Affected Yes
Kamagra Sildenafil citrate 25mg, 50mg, 100mg 30 min - 1 hour 4 hours Affected No

A quick caution about medications masquerading as ‘natural’ alternatives: unlicensed or unregulated medication available without a prescription as a cheap option compared to Viagra and other ED medications can have dangerous effects on your health. There is no guarantee that the medication will work, or even that it is safe. You could be buying counterfeit medication.

For further information on fake medication and how to be sure you are buying safely, see our post on the subject.

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