Vardenafil VS Tadalafil

Estimates of the number of men suffering from ED and related sexual dysfunctions run at around 180 million (30 M in the USA and 150 M globally) worldwide. And both Vardenafil and Tadalafil have been designed to cater to that growing market. Together with another popular drug (Sildenafil), Vardenafil and Tadalafil are the top three brand name drugs available to patients suffering from ED today.


Which is better?

There are no reliable studies that pitch Vardenafil and Tadalafil head-to-head for comparison purposes. But here are some facts about both these drugs that men should be aware of before opting for one over the other:

  • Vardenafil is sold under the brand name Levitra
  • Tadalafil is marketed under the brand name Cialis
  • Vardenafil (Levitra) is manufactured/distributed by Bayer/GlaxoSmithKline
  • Tadalafil (Cialis) is marketed by Eli Lilly/ICOS
  • Vardenafil (Levitra) was approved by the U.S Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2003
  • Tadalafil (Cialis) received FDA approval in late November 2003
  • Both Vardenafil and Tadalafil are phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors
  • They both help in preventing the degradation of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) in a man’s penile tissue
  • They both help with relaxing the muscle tissue in the penile region, thus expanding the arteries and enhancing greater blood flow to the penis
  • Both Vardenafil and Tadalafil enable men suffering from ED to enjoy stronger and longer-lasting erections, thereby markedly improving the sex lives of men

Looking at the above points, one may conclude that neither of these drugs are any different from one another, and therefore one is no better than the other. However, men should be aware that there are certain differences that might need to be factored when making a decision as to which one to opt for.

Same…yet different!

Vardenafil (2.5MG, 5MG, 10MG, and 20MG) and Tadalafil (10MG and 20MG) are available in different dosages, and that may lead to some men preferring one over the other. Additionally, recommended dosage times for Vardenafil (an hour prior to sexual activity) and Tadalafil (anywhere between half an hour to an hour before sex) might also lead to some men preferring one over the other.

Mostly though, the differences in the effectiveness of Vardenafil (commencing within half an hour to an hour from ingestion, and lasting up to 4 or 5 hours) and Tadalafil (starting as early as 15 to 30 minutes, and lasting for as long as 36 hours) might drive men with a vicarious sex appetite to prefer Tadalafil over its rival Vardenafil.