What about Levitra?
Levitra (vardenafil) is an expensive drug without significant advantages over Viagra or Cialis. It is worth trying if sildenafil hasn’t worked for you. It works just as well at fixing ED as sildenafil (Viagra) or tadalafil (Cialis), and the side effects are very similar.
Levitra is better taken on an empty stomach, and starts working in as quickly as 14 minutes, with a maximum effect at 45 minutes. It will keep working for 4 – 5 hours. The typical starting dose of vardenafil (Levitra) is 10 mg; this can be adjusted to 5 mg or 20 mg depending on need.
The bottom line
Sildenafil (Viagra) is by far the cheapest drug for ED and the one with the longest safety record. It is good for the occasional user but must be taken on an empty stomach. Tadalafil (Cialis) is expensive but lasts longer, making it useful if you have a more active and regular sex life. It can also be taken with or without a meal which is useful. Many men alternate between sildenafil and tadalafil, depending on their needs.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends that the choice of medication be up to you, which will vary depending on personal preference of cost and lifestyle.
Is Levitra or Viagra more effective?
From clinical studies, we know that both Levitra and Viagra have been proven effective, but which is better? In a study comparing drugs for ED, Levitra was described as more potent than Viagra; however, both drugs were shown to be similarly effective in the treatment of ED. The only advantage Levitra had was that it did not alter color perception, which may occur with Viagra on rare occasions. Another study found both drugs to be well-tolerated, with Levitra being nominally better than Viagra.
The most effective drug for you can only be determined by your healthcare provider, who will take into account your medical history and condition(s), as well as other medications you are taking that could interact with Levitra or Viagra.