Erectile dysfunction (ED), formerly called impotence, is a common type of sexual dysfunction where men lack the ability to get or keep an erection. The treatment for ED largely depends on its cause or any other underlying conditions. Thus, what may work for some men may not be the best medication or treatment for you.
Typically, sildenafil (Viagra) is the first drug that doctors prescribe for erectile dysfunction. However, other effective medications may include Stendra (avanafil), Cialis (tadalafil) and Levitra (vardenafil).
Vardenafil is also available in a sublingual formulation (the pill is put under the tongue and is absorbed in the blood) called Staxyn. Sublingual formulations generally act faster than the pills taken orally.
Medications for ED may cause an erection sufficient to start intercourse in about 70 percent of otherwise healthy men. Which medication you choose may depend on your budget and lifestyle. For example, if you have sex more often, Cialis (tadalafil) may be best because it has a long-acting effect.