Viagra is a drug that has been available for over 20 years now. If you’re looking for alternatives to Viagra, you’re in the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about the drug, as well as some common alternatives that you might like to take into consideration.

What is Viagra?

When people refer to Viagra, they are generally referring to a drug that is used to treat erectile dysfunction (also commonly referred to as “ED”). Viagra is just a brand name. Viagra is largely composed of sildenafil. This belongs to a group of drugs called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. It is approved for use in adults over the age of 18 and works by increasing blood flow to the penis. This can help an individual struggling with erectile dysfunction to maintain an erection. It is important to note that this drug only works if you are already sexually aroused.

What Strengths are Available?

Viagra is available in three different strengths. These are: 25mg, 50mg and 100mg.

How is Viagra Taken?

Viagra takes the form of tablets which can be taken by mouth.

How Long Does It Take for Viagra to Work?

It usually takes Viagra around one hour to work before you will be ready to undertake sexual activity. It is generally recommended that you take Viagra one hour in advance of sexual activity.

Alternatives to Viagra

Of course, Viagra isn’t the only option available on the market for people looking to combat erectile dysfunction. There are alternatives and it’s a good idea to learn about all of your options before settling on any given one. If in doubt, you can always ask for recommendations from your doctor, who will be able to assess your individual needs. Some of the most popular alternatives to Viagra include:

  • Sildenafilas we briefly mentioned earlier, Viagra is merely a branded form of sildenafil. There are other, unbranded alternatives on the market that you might want to consider. This is an affordable treatment that is effective for roughly 74% of men. It works in the same ways as Viagra, just at a lower cost.
  • Tadalafilthis is another option for individuals looking to overcome erectile dysfunction. Tadalafil can be bought in “daily” or “when required” doses. It is deemed very effective for most men and can last for up to 36 hours.
  • Cialisif you’re looking for a long lasting treatment for erectile dysfunction, Cialis may be good for you. It is the branded version of tadalafil. It is effective for up to 36 hours and can be ordered without a face to face appointment being required.
  • Vardenafilthis erectile dysfunction treatment is only available with a prescription, so if you’d like to try it, you will need to consult your doctor. It starts working after around 25 minutes and its effects can last for up to 4-5 hours.

Of course, these are just a few options when it comes to Viagra alternatives. As we’ve briefly mentioned, make sure to check with your doctor if you’re looking for recommendations or have further questions or concerns.

Authored Apr 06, 2021 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Apr 06, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm

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