Oral medications for erectile dysfunction

Oral medication is the most common initial treatment for erectile dysfunction.

In this video, you’ll learn:

  • Four pills are approved by the FDA to treat erectile dysfunction by increasing blood flow to the penis. They are:
    • Sildenafil, known by the brand names Viagra and Revatio
    • Tadalafil, known by the brand name Cialis
    • Vardenafil, known by the brand names Levitra and Staxyn
    • Avanafil, known by the brand name Stendra
  • The key differences between these medications, including:
    • How you take them in relation to eating
    • How long they last
    • How often you take them, based on your personal goals
    • Other considerations, including:
      • Side effects, such as priapism, and how to handle them
      • Which one is right for men with an enlarged prostate
      • The cost of oral medications

Why don’t I get a reliable erection every time I take a pill for erectile dysfunction?

Last reviewed: 
August 2020
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