ED is the consistent or recurrent difficulty to achieve or sustain a firm erection or duration for satisfactory sexual intercourse. Many men have dealt with or are dealing with erectile dysfunction.
Causes of ED include physical trauma, chronic diseases (such as high blood pressure and diabetes), side effects of some medications, excessive alcohol intake, smoking, and psychological factors.
Various treatment options are available for ED, depending on its causes. This leaflet covers only oral medications named Sildenafil and Tadalafil.
Sildenafil and Tadalafil belong to a class of medications called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors or PDE5 inhibitors. They treat ED by relaxing muscles found in the walls of blood vessels and increasing arterial blood flow at the penis, leading to penile erection.
An erection will not occur just by taking Sildenafil or Tadalafil. They can help you achieve an erection only if you are sexually stimulated.
Side effects common to both Sildenafil and Tadalafil:
Side effects more common with Sildenafil:
Side effects more common with Tadalafil:
Most side-effects are transient (goes away over time as the medication wears off), and generally of mild to moderate severity.
If you experience any of the following uncommon or rare but serious side effects, STOP and seek medical help IMMEDIATELY:
If you have any concerns regarding the side effects of Sildenafil or Tadalafil, discuss with your doctor or pharmacist.
Inform your healthcare providers if you are:
Also inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other medical conditions that you may have, and of any
other long-term medication that you are taking (including supplements, herbal or traditional
If you are taking TADALAFIL on a ONCE-DAILY basis:
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