Stendra...the Quicker Acting Viagra?

Stendra is one of the newest impotence medications to be approved by the FDA. It is similar in action to the current crop of meds, including Viagra, Levitra, and others. Where it differs is in how fast it works...purportedly within 30 minutes of taking the pill (and possibly 15 minutes!) possibly making it more of an on-demand, spontaneous option than its competitors.

What is Stendra?

Stendra is a drug that is in pill form and meant for men suffering from erectile dysfunction. It has now been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (late April 2012). The main constituent of the drug is a chemical called Avanafil, and there are other compounds such as fumaric acid and mannitol that play a lesser role. It is manufactured by Vivus Inc., a US-based company.

Stendra works by dilating the blood vessels and increasing the flow of blood to the penis. Unlike the other ED drugs, such as Viagra, Stendra can be taken only half an hour before sex (as opposed to several hours) and it will start taking effect immediately. The erection generally lasts for an hour.

When to take it and what to look out for

Stendra can be taken at any time of the day. However, it is important to note that you should not take more than one pill in a twenty-four hour period. You can take it before or after meals. These pills are available as 50mg, 100mg and 200mg pills. However, it is better to start out with a 50mg pill and not to combine it with any other ED medications.

As with any medication you should consult a physician before taking Stendra, as it's not right for everyone. Men who take nitrates or those with a pre-existing heart condition such as congestive heart diseases should avoid it. Since avanafil works by dilating the blood vessels, it can dilate the blood vessels in the brain and other regions of the body as well. This is why it can even lead to strokes and heart issues for men with cardiovascular problems. In fact, any one taking any kind of medication or any other erectile dysfunction drug should consult a physician before taking it.

Men with a misshapen penis or men with kidney problems should also avoid taking this drug, as well as anyone with liver or retina problems

Possible side effects of Stendra

Like most ED drugs, Stendra can cause some side effects. Some men may experience headaches and spells of dizziness. Sometimes blood pressure may drop. One may feel flushed and in rare cases, and some men may actually experience problems with their vision. Some men have reported hearing a ringing in their ears.

It is also possible that some men may get a prolonged erection. While this may be exciting, it can cause problems and it is better to stop taking Stendraif this is the case.

A final word on Stendra

If you are currently using impotence medications such as Viagra successfully, you may want to consider Stendra as it has been shown to work faster than these other drugs. The fact that it won't take hours to kick in is a huge plus for obvious reasons, so talk to your doctor and see if this is a viable option for you.


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