The Food and Drug Administration approved the erectile dysfunction medication, Stendra in 2012. It is one of the newer erectile dysfunction (ED) drug made available to the buying public. The creators of Stendra, boast that this medication is superior to Viagra. Impotence or erectile dysfunction is described as the inability to  induce and maintain an erection. There are over 30 million men in the United States alone that suffers from this condition. The sales and treatment of erectile dysfunction is said to be a multi-billion dollar industry. In 2011, the sale of erectile dysfunction drugs went up to $5billion.

What is Stendra?

Stendra is an FDA-approved prescription medication that works in the same way as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. Its active ingredient is Avanafil that works by inhibiting the enzyme, PDE5 to increase the blood flow to the penis.

What sets Stendra a cut above the competition is that it has the power to kick in faster than any other pills. While Stendra is supposed to work thirty minutes prior to sexual activity, studies reveal that the drug can actually start working 15 minutes after intake.

Stendra is a medication created by a company called, Vivus, Inc. headquartered in Mountain View, California. The company is also responsible for the creation of the anti-obesity pull Qnexa with pending FDA approval. These are the only two products from VIvus that is being sold on the market as of late.

Does Stendra intake associated with any side effects?

The most common side effects associated with Stendra intake are as follows:

  • headaches
  • face redness
  • nasal congestion
  • back pain

Just like Viagra and all other medications that are known to function as PDE5 inhibitors, Stendra may potentially cause sudden color-vision changes A few of its users have reported sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes and also hearing loss. The new drug is contraindicated among men who are currently taking Nitrates for treatment of chest pain as combination or interaction of these two drugs can result in unsafe or dangerous drop in blood pressure.

Should Pfizer be worried about the introduction of Stendra?

Stendra has been selling well, but it hasn’t killed the popularity and demand for Viagra. The new drug was projected to generate around $68 million in sales for its first year. Since the release of Viagra in 1998, it has already generated $2billion.

These companies have bigger concerns in the future. The patents for both Cialis and Levitra will expire on 2016 and 2018, respectively which means generic versions of PDE5 are on the horizon. Non-branded Viagra have already hit the market and is said to most likely exceed the sales of all branded PDE5 inhibitors.

So which one is better>

Both Viagra and Stendra are approved by the Food and Drug Administration meaning they are proven safe and effective in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. While Viagra’s active ingredient is Sildenafil and that of Stendra is Avanafil; both are proven to work well in inhibiting PDE5 to induce health flow of blood to the penile region.

Although Sildenafil and Avanafil work in similar ways, the mechanism of action is thought to be slightly different. As with all medications, the results vary on case to case basis. There are men who find Viagra more effective, whilst there are those who prefer Stendra instead.

In terms of efficacy and speed, both drugs are guaranteed to kick in or work approximately 30 minutes after intake. The erection brought about by Stendra is known to last for six hours, that which is considered to be two hours longer than the effects of Viagra. This means that Stendra is highly recommended for men who want longer action in bed with their partners.

The side effects of Stendra are basically identical to that of Viagra. Users may experience minor side effects such as flushed skin, digestive upset, and headaches to name a few.

Prior to prescribing Viagra and Stendra, the doctor will review a patient’s current condition, past medical history, and medications to ensure safety. The dosage and frequency of intake will also be based on one’s general sense of health and wellness.

Viagra and Stendra- Performance and Delivery

A number of male users claim that Viagra is more effective and safe for daily use. Since it was released in 1998, Viagra is known to have more success stories, and male patients got used to its minor side effects as well. Viagra users are more convinced that Viagra delivers faster results than Stendra.

Stendra users on the other hand claim that the medication can produce results in as little as 15 minutes after intake.

In terms of duration of effectiveness, Stendra seems to have the upper hand. The medication is said to stay in the body for more than 6 hours. There are also claims that Avanafil, the active ingredient found in Stendra can last in the system up to 36 hours. Viagra only stays in the system for four hours max. This is seen as both and advantage by some and a drawback by some users too.

In all, Viagra and Stendra are both effective in treating erectile dysfunction. They have the same effects, but Stendra obviously enables men with erectile dysfunction to enjoy sex for a longer period of time. In some cases, this can be very beneficial and perceived to be advantageous. However, there are also those who won’t benefit from keeping an erection for up to 36 hours.

In terms of price, Stendra and Viagra are almost at the same price range. Both of these erectile dysfunction medications are sold in pharmacies and at doctor’s clinics. You may also obtain prescription medication from online pharmacies. Just be sure to order from a legitimate online pharmacy verified by PharmacyChecker.com and other organizations that awards credentials to online pharmaceutical establishments.