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Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Viagra Connect vs Viagra and Other Erectile Dysfunction Treatments

by Scott McDougall

All erectile dysfunction (ED) treatments contain either sildenafil citrate or tadalafil. Both active ingredients increase blood flow to the penis and are clinically proven to be equally effective for helping men with ED achieve improved erections for sexual activity.

But before we talk about the different brands, let's explain the difference between the main active ingredients found in most ED treatments: Sildenafil citrate and tadalafil.

 

Specifically, sildenafil citrate:

  • Takes 30 to 60 minutes to work
  • Provides an erection for up to 4 hours
  • Works when you are sexually aroused; it won’t cause an erection alone

 

Specifically, tadalafil:

  • Takes 30 minutes work
  • Provides an erection for up to 36 hours
  • Works when you are sexually aroused; it won’t cause an erection alone

Sildenafil citrate is the medical name for Viagra, the most recognised brand of ED medication. However, there are several other manufacturers that offer sildenafil citrate-based treatments under different brand names, plus alternative tadalafil-based treatments.   

Now, to give you an idea of the most suitable ED treatment for you, we’ve compared Viagra against other popular medications.

 

Viagra Connect vs Viagra

Viagra Connect and Viagra are both manufactured by Pfizer, contain the same ingredients, and work in the exact same way.

There are only two differences between regular Viagra and Viagra Connect.

One, Viagra Connect is a pharmacy medicine. This means you can buy it over the counter. Before Viagra Connect was launched in April 2018, you could only get ED treatments by prescription.

Two, Viagra Connect is available in tablets containing 50mg of sildenafil citrate. Regular Viagra, on the other hand, is available in higher (100mg) and lower doses (25mg), and by prescription only.

You can purchase Viagra Connect in pharmacies. All you need to do is have a quick discussion with the pharmacist, who will make sure it’s safe for you to take the medication.

If you use The Independent Pharmacy, you will need to fill out a short and confidential questionnaire, which will be checked by a qualified doctor. Once approved, you will be able to order Viagra Connect online and have it delivered in plain, unmarked packaging for maximum discretion.

 

Viagra vs Cialis

Rather than sildenafil citrate, Cialis contains the active ingredient tadalafil. This ingredient works in a very similar way to sildenafil citrate, increasing blood flow to the penis, helping you to get and maintain an erection for sexual activity.

Both Viagra and Cialis can only be purchased with a prescription. Overall, there are three main differences between Viagra and Cialis.

One, because they use different active ingredients, the two treatments work for varying amounts of time. Viagra’s effects last up to four or five hours.  Sometimes called the weekend drug, the effects of Cialis can last for much longer, and can help you maintain an erection for up to 36 hours.

Two, Cialis is available in two doses: 10mg and 20mg. Viagra, by comparison, is available in three doses: 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg.

Three, Cialis is equally effective when taken with food. For the best results, Viagra should be taken on an empty stomach, and typically takes a lot longer to work if you have eaten a high-fat meal recently.

Viagra and Cialis can both produce similar side effects, including:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Light-headed or dizzy spells

For more information, see our Viagra Side Effects, which answers the most common questions users have before taking medication for the first time.

 

Cialis vs Cialis Daily

Cialis is prescribed for one-off use and is designed to be taken one hour before you want to engage in sexual activity. Cialis Daily is a lower dose tablet of the same medication that you take every day.

Available in 2.5mg and 5mg tablets, Cialis Daily is the ideal medication if you want to have spontaneous sex. When taking Cialis Daily, you should be able to achieve an erection for sexual activity when you want and without the need to plan ahead.

If you like to have sex more than three times a week, Cialis Daily is likely to be the best ED treatment for you.

 

Sildenafil vs Viagra

Sildenafil is essentially a cheaper generic version of Viagra. Both Sildenafil and Viagra are proven to be equally effective, the only difference is the branding; Viagra is a brand name that only Pfizer can use, which is why it commands a premium price. Like regular Viagra, Sildenafil is available as a prescription-only medication.

 

Sildenafil vs Tadalafil

In the same way that Sildenafil is a cheaper generic version of Viagra, Tadalafil is a cheaper generic version of Cialis. Again, the only difference between Cialis and Tadalafil is the branding. The two treatments work in the exact same way and are available as a prescription-only medication.

 

Kamagra vs Viagra

Kamagra is an ED that claims to contain sildenafil citrate in gel form, rather than a tablet. Kamagra has become popular because it's cheaper than both Viagra and Cialis. Before Viagra Connect was released, it was also one of the few ways to get hold of an ED treatment without a prescription.

However, it is illegal to buy Kamagra in the UK. This means you will be buying the treatment from unlicensed websites, usually from India. Because you won’t talk to a doctor or pharmacist before buying the treatment and you don't know exactly what it is each sachet, Kamagra is potentially much more dangerous than Viagra, Cialis, and other ED treatments.

You can read more about Kamagra here.

 

How do all these treatments compare against each other?

 

 ViagraViagra ConnectCialisSildenafilTadalafil
Price From £5.62 per tablet From £4.00 per tablet From £9.12 per tablet From £2.00 per tablet From £2.00 per tablet
Prescription required? Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Consultation conducted by GP Pharmacist GP GP GP
Active ingredient Sildenafil citrate Sildenafil citrate Tadalafil Sildenafil citrate Tadalafil
Doses available 25mg, 50mg, & 100mg 50mg 10mg & 20mg 25mg, 50mg, & 100mg 10mg & 20mg
How long does it take to work? 30 - 60 minutes 30 - 60 minutes 30 minutes 30 - 60 minutes 30 minutes
How long does it last? 4 - 6 hours 4 - 6 hours Up to 36 hours 4 - 6 hours Up to 36 hours
Is it available to buy online? Yes, with a prescription Yes Yes, with a prescription Yes, with a prescription Yes, with a prescription

 

Summary

The treatment you choose will depend mainly on price, effectiveness, and method of purchase.

Medication containing sildenafil citrate (Viagra products) and tadalafil (Cialis products) are both comparably effective at treating ED symptoms.

Generic sildenafil citrate and tadalafil are often a smart choice because they are just as effective as their branded counterparts, but much cheaper. Alternatively, if you want to purchase an ED treatment over the counter or through an online pharmacy, Viagra Connect is your best option.

Whichever treatment you choose, it is advisable to have a consultation with your doctor or pharmacist beforehand. When buying Viagra Connect from The Independent Pharmacy, this can be done through an online questionnaire that is confidential and discreet, so you don’t have to speak to someone face-to-face if it makes you feel uncomfortable. This online questionnaire also makes sure you are safe to take the ED treatment of your choice and it doesn’t pose a danger with any other medications you are currently taking.

 

Sources:

https://bnf.nice.org.uk/drug/sildenafil.html

https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-77875/tadalafil-oral/details

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5603624/

https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/sildenafil-viagra/

https://www.pfizer.co.uk/viagra-connect-available-without-prescription-today

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