Different ED meds can last anywhere from hours to days. Find out how long sildenafil lasts and see if it's shorter or longer than other ED medications.
When you speak to a doctor about erectile dysfunction (ED), one of the top-recommended first treatments is sildenafil.
As effective as sildenafil can be at helping people with ED achieve erections, knowing how to time your dose is an important matter.
Sildenafil lasts for about four hours, with some studies showing the medication having some effect for as long as 10 hours.
On average, sildenafil takes 27 minutes to work. The time may vary based on age, dosage, and health status.
Vardenafil can last up to eight hours, and tadalafil can last up to 36 hours.
Taking it too early may mean missing the effects when it’s needed. But how long does sildenafil take to kick in?
How long does sildenafil last to maintain an erection? Take a look at the answers to these questions and more below.
It is important to understand that the medication will not cause you to have an erection the entire time it’s in your system.
Instead, an erection occurs when sexual stimulation occurs and may subside once ejaculation is reached.
Several factors can influence how long sildenafil lasts, such as:
Sildenafil has a relatively long half-life in the body of around four hours.
Half-life in pharmaceuticals is a phrase used to describe what time it takes for the amount of a substance in the body to fall to half after consumption.
It’s usually a good indicator of how long the effects of a drug can primarily last including sildenafil.
However, it may take up to a full 24 hours for all the sildenafil citrate to leave the system. Therefore, some effects on erectile function may be noticeable for 24 hours, even if the effects are mild.
Sildenafil is prescribed for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men.
The medication works for ED by increasing the flow of blood to the penis, which normally causes an erection.
Men who have a difficult time achieving an erection that is strong enough for satisfactory sexual activity may benefit from taking sildenafil.
While sildenafil is designed to support men with ED, it does not change or enhance sexual desire. The medication is most often preserved for individuals who have a desire for sex but an inability to achieve an erection.
Sildenafil is not currently approved for the treatment of premature ejaculation (PE). But some studies have shown the medication may also be beneficial for men with PE.
Because of that, doctors may prescribe sildenafil for men who struggle with ejaculating too quickly during sex.
While sildenafil can be effective for ED, it is not a suitable option for all individuals. Sildenafil may not be recommended if the individual:
The active ingredient in sildenafil is sildenafil citrate, which is classified as a phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitor.
Depending on the prescription, the amount of sildenafil citrate in sildenafil tablets can vary. The medication is available in 25, 50, and 100 mg tablets.
Other inactive ingredients in sildenafil include:
While sildenafil is considered the generic version of the name-brand Viagra, both medications have the same active ingredient and almost identical inactive ingredients.
How long sildenafil takes to kick in can vary. Extensive research published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that the median time for onset of effects after taking sildenafil was 27 minutes.
The researchers considered an erection when the penis was at 60 percent rigidity.
The actual range of onset times in this study was between 12 and 70 minutes. A closer breakdown of onset outcomes offers even more insight:
Onset times may be affected by factors like age, health status, and dosage. Further, taking the medication after eating may have the potential to lengthen the time it takes for the effects to occur.
Typically, drugs for ED can be broken down into two categories: those that have shorter-term effects or longer-term effects.
Sildenafil is in the shorter-term category, along with avanafil (Spedra) and vardenafil (Levitra). Avanafil has a similar duration of effects as sildenafil, but vardenafil may last for up to eight hours.
Tadalafil (Cialis) has longer-term effects, lasting for up to 36 hours.
Sildenafil can take effect relatively quickly for most men with ED (around 30 minutes). The duration of effects can be roughly four hours or more.
Other medications for ED like tadalafil may offer longer-lasting effects if you are not certain about when sex will occur.
If you are looking for a more natural route for long-term erectile function support, VitaFLUX for men can be a suitable alternative.
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