Sildenafil for Erectile Dysfunction
- Sildenafil, also known by the brand name Viagra.
- Increases blood flow to reproductive organs and helps in adequate erections
- Effect may last for 4 – 12 hours
- Take 1 tablet orally with a glass of water, or as per the Physician’s recommendation
- Recommended to be taken 1 hour before action is desired
- Each pack contains 4 tablets
- Sildenafil & Tadalafil should not be taken together
- Action of Sildenafil will last for 4 – 5 hours, while the action of Tadalafil is longer (upto 36 hours)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Erectile dysfunction?
It is the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough throughout the sexual activity.
What causes erectile dysfunction
Some of the causes of erectile dysfunction are psychological issues, stress, improper diet, sedentary lifestyle and obesity, alcohol abuse, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, sleep disorders, heart problems, smoking etc.
What are the symptoms of Erectile dysfunction
You may not be able to get erection/hardness of the penis, that is needed. Or you may feel unequal hardness. You may also loose the hardness quickly and also have a reduced desire to indulge in sexual activity.
At what age does erectile dysfunction occur
Erections problems can occur at any age, there are no upper or lower age limits. It is generally seen more commonly as age increases.
Can erectile dysfunction be treated?
Yes, it can be treated.
What is the difference between Sildenafil and Tadalafil?
Sildenafil and Tadalafil, both belong to class of medications called ‘phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors’ and work in a very similar way. They both work in the presence of sexual stimulation. Upon stimulation, Nitric Oxide (NO) is released, relaxing the smooth muscle inside the penis, increasing the blood flow into the vasculature of the penis allowing it to become erect. They both work by maintaining the physiological levels of Nitric Oxide, leading to sustained erection during intercourse.
Sildenafil is short acting, as compared to Tadalafil. It works within an hour of taking the medication and for its full effect, should be taken on an empty stomach. The effects of Sildenafil generally last for 4 to 5 hours. The more common side effects of Sildenafil may include headache, nausea, stuffy nose, flushing and indigestion.
Sildenafil is taken on a need basis, usually at a dose of 50mg. These may be increased to 100mg if the standard dose is ineffective, or lowered to 25mg if mild side-effects are experienced. The dosing may be different depending on your medical history, so your doctor will prescribe an appropriate starting dose based on the need.
Tadalafil acts for a longer time as compared to Sildenafil. Tadalafil (generic Cialis) has an advantage over Sildenafil in that it lasts a lot longer – up to 36 hours (compared with 4-5 hours for Sildenafil). Some men prefer this as it allows for more spontaneity. Tadalafil also works faster than Sildenafil – it generally works within 30 minutes, though for some men it can take up to an hour.
It may also have similar side effects like headache, nausea, stuffy nose, flushing, indigestion.