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Choosing the Right Pill to Treat ED

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You may face erection problems at any point in your life, and they can be a common symptom of aging as well.

They might become a cause for worry when you have continuous trouble getting or maintaining an erection. Your doctor may diagnose Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in such cases.

They may also cause relationship problems. Some men may also start to doubt their masculinity or lose self-confidence.

You may look at several treatment options to reduce symptoms of ED. Oral ED pills are usually the first line of treatment for ED.

But choosing the right pill to treat ED can be difficult. You may encounter several over-the-counter pills that can do you more harm than good.

Avoiding such over-the-counter pills and finding the right ED medication for you is essential.

Do not take over-the-counter ED pills as they are not well tested. They may not be effective and result in severe side effects.

Now let’s discuss several Erectile Dysfunction medications available on the market and how to choose the right one.

How to Choose the right pill to treat ED

Among the several Erectile Dysfunction pills available on the market, choosing one medicine for your erection problems can be difficult.

Some pills may pose a greater risk of side effects, while others may work perfectly. So it mostly depends on your preferences as well as the symptoms you are facing.

Some people may prefer Tadalafil or Avanafil as they start showing effects rapidly in the body. 

For longer durations, you may take Tadalafil. It is also called ‘the weekend pill’ for the same reason.

Sildenafil has a long history of effectiveness and is sold under the brand name ‘Viagra,’ so you may trust the medication more easily.

You may find it difficult to talk to your doctor about your erection problems and may prefer to take medicine on your own.

But it is suggested not to take any medications without consulting your doctor.

ED pills: an overview

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ED pills: an overview

FDA-approved and the most commonly used medications for ED include Sildenafil, Tadalafil, Vardenafil, and Avanafil.

They come in various forms of oral medications, such as pills and jellies. Here, we will compare the effectiveness and efficacy of these medications in tablet form.

Onset of actionWithin 30 minutes of consumptionAnytime between 15 minutes to two hoursWithin 30 minutes after consumptionWithin 15 minutes of consumption
Duration of action3 to 5 hours.Upto 36 hours4 to 6 hours, might remain upto 8 hoursUpto 6 hours
Time of peak effectsWithin 1 hour of consumptionWithin 30 to 120 minutes of consumptionWithin 1 hour of consumptionWithin 30 to 45 minutes of consumption
When to take30 minutes before sex30 minutes before sex60 minutes before sex15 minutes before sex

You may have gotten a general understanding of these medications from the above table. But you should not take these medications without consulting your doctor.

Side effects of ED pills

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Side effects of ED pills

Consumption of these medications may also lead to the emergence of mild to severe side effects in some people.

Some side effects of ED pills include

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Flushing
  • Upset stomach
  • Sleep problems
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Priapism
Priapism: An erection lasting for 4 hours or more is called Priapism. It may be painful sometimes.

You should note that this is not a complete list of possible side effects.

It is not necessary for you to face any or all of these side effects. Talk to your doctor about the risks associated while consuming these medicines.

You should remember that your doctor may prescribe you these pills because, in their opinion, the risk of potential side effects is lower than the benefits.

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Janet Fudge is a highly skilled and experienced pharmacologist who serves as a contributing writer for With a strong academic background from a premier US University and a passion for helping others, Janet has become a trusted voice in the pharmaceutical world. After completing her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, Janet embarked on a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, working with various clients, including hospitals, retail pharmacies, and drug manufacturers. Her in-depth knowledge of pharmacology and dedication to patient-centered care has led her to excel in her field. As a writer for, Janet uses her wealth of expertise to provide readers with accurate, reliable, and up-to-date information on various topics related to medicine and healthcare. Her engaging writing style and ability to break down complex topics into easily digestible content make her a valuable resource for healthcare professionals and the general public.
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