Levitra vs Viagra

ViagraErectile dysfunction is one of the most prevalent health conditions that affect men. As a matter of fact, statistics demonstrate that approximately 5% of all men experience chronic erectile dysfunction during their 40s and a whopping 15-25% experiencу it by the age of 65. Fortunately however, statistics also demonstrate that as much as 95% of all cases of erectile disfunction can be treated using a PDE-5 inhibitor such as Viagra or Levitra. Viagra and Levitra are two of the most commonly prescribed PDE-5 inhibitors which can help when it comes to alleviating erectile dysfunction. Here is a side-by-side comparison of these two types of treatment for erectile dysfunction.

As it stands, Viagra and Levitra are two of the three PDE-5 inhibitors that are approved by the FDA when it comes to the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Viagra was the first PDE-5 inhibitor to be introduced to the general public. Originally made available to the public back in March 27, 1998, it is probably one of the most famous of the three kinds of PDE-5 inhibitors.

It was followed by Levitra, which got approved by the FDA back in August 19, 2003. Levitra is manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

Effects

The effects that these drugs cause are virtually the same, with the exception that Levitra has less side effects when compared to Viagra, yet it lasts for the same time. However, the major advantage that both these medications have to offer is that they can stimulate sexual enhancement, but not during inappropriate times, due to the fact that the drug only acts in response to sexual stimulation. As such, when either of these drugs is taken orally prior to a planned sexual activity, they can help to increase blood flow to the penis in direct response to sexual stimulation. However, while the effects that they provide are virtually the same, there are some differences in safety, duration of action, adverse side effects and specific features, which we will cover below.

Differences

Dosages

Bayer Pharmaceuticals CorporationOne of the differences between these two drugs is the dosage requirements. While it takes approximately a minimum of 25 mg of Viagra for a user to experience any noticeable differences, it takes a minimum of 2.5 mg and a maximum of 25 mg of Levitra to do the same.

Efficacy

As far as efficacy goes, statistics report that 82-84% of men who take Viagra notice a difference, while for Levitra this number is around 80%.

Onset Of Action

It takes approximately 30 minutes for Viagra and approximately 25 minutes for Levitra to produce their effects.

Interactions With Food

The effectiveness of Viagra decreases if you eat a high-fat or moderate-fat meal. Levitra is also less effective if you consume a high-fat meal prior to using the drug. However, unlike Viagra, moderate-fat meal does not reduce its level of effectiveness.

Side Effects

Another thing that’s worth noting about the differences between the two is the fact that Viagra causes more side effects than Levitra. The side effects of Levitra include: nasal congestion, dizziness, headache and indigestion. While the side effects of Viagra include: dizziness, nasal congestion, abnormal vision, blindness, epistaxis, flushing and indigestion.

Conclusion

The differences between the two are minor to say the least. They both appear to be extremely safe and effective when it comes to alleviating erectile dysfunction. However, Levitra has less side effects when compared to Viagra which doesn’t only has more side effects, but can cause more serious side effects, such as blindness or epistaxis, which is a fancy name for acute hemorrhage (bleeding) in the nasal cavity.