Cialis vs. Viagra

The difference between Cialis and Viagra

Erectile dysfunction is a condition that many men encounter in their lives and while it can occur at any age, it usually affects men from middle age onwards. Because they find it humiliating, it is not something that they talk about. Today there are several different types of medication on the market that are effective in treating this problem.

The first medication to treat erectile dysfunction came on the market in 1998. This was Viagra – a product of Pfizer. A fierce competitor arrived in 2003 in the form of Cialis, which has been approved by the FDA as a treatment. Both of these products produce the same result, but it is important to understand the differences between them so you understand the effect that each one has on the body.

Also known as the “little blue pill” Viagra can also be purchased under the name Rivatio. It does treat erectile dysfunction but it is also a treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension. The way in which this drug works in the body is that it inhibits the work of the enzyme that is responsible for controlling the flow of blood to the penis.

The other pill for treating erectile dysfunction, Cialis, is also known as Tadafil. It is also a treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension and it works to inhibit the action of the same enzyme and in the same way as Viagra. Cialis was originally developed by ICOS, but after this company was purchased by Eli Lily and Compnay, it was redeveloped and marketed by the Lily ICOS Ltd.

Although they both work in the same manner, there are differences between Cialis and Viagra. Viagra is fast acting. The effects can be felt within an hour of taking a pill and they will last for about four hours. Cialis works even faster – within 30 minutes and is effective up to 36 hours after taking only one pill.

There are side effects associated with both treatments and they are about the same. They include blurry vision, headache and upset stomach. Some people have reported a change in their color vision (especially between green and blue) and sensitivity to light after taking Viagra. A few of the different side effects of Cialis were back pain and muscle aches. The cost of both is about the same price.

Summary

  1. Both Cialis and Viagra are used to treat erectile dysfunction but there are different chemicals used in the formulation of each one.
  2. Viagra starts to work in an hour, but Cialis starts to work in a half hour.
  3. Viagra is effective for about four hours, but Cialis is effective for up to 36 hours.
  4. Side effects of Viagra include changes in color vision and sensitivity to light.
  5. Some of the side effects of Cialis are muscle and back pain.
  6. The price and the results of both are the same.

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Conclusion

It is an individual’s choice whether to take Cialis or Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction. It is good to know the differences in the time it takes for each one to work and the length of time it will remain effective. They both have proven to be effective. In some countries Viagra is the best seller and in others Cialis is the preference.