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Active ingredient
Available doses
Form
Lasts for
Made/marketed by
Pharmacy status
Prices starting at
Works in
Viagra

Viagra

Sildenafil

The one you've heard of. Works in 30-60 minutes and lasts for up to 5 hours.

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Sildenafil
25mg 50mg 100mg
Tablet
2-5 hours
Upjohn
Prescription-only
£38.95
30-60 minutes
Caverject

Caverject

Alprostadil

Injectable treatment that works from 5 minutes. Good option if tablets haven't worked for you.

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Cialis Together

Cialis Together

Tadalafil

Long-lasting tablet treatment for ED. Effective after 30 minutes.

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Tadalafil
10mg
Tablet
Up to 36 hours
Lilly
Pharmacy
£44.95
30-60 minutes
Aronix

Aronix

sildenafil

Similar to Viagra connect — single-dose sildenafil, without the prescription.

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Sildenafil
50mg
Tablet
2-4 hours
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
Pharmacy
£43.95
30-60 minutes
Viridal Duo

Viridal Duo

Alprostadil

Injectable treatment that's very similar to Caverject. Works from 5 minutes and lasts up to 1 hour.

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Alprostadil
10mg 20mg 40mg
Injection
1 hour
ADVANZ
Precription-only
£55.95
10-15 minutes
Viagra Connect

Viagra Connect

Sildenafil

Rebranded version of Viagra that comes in one dose (50mg) and doesn't need a prescription.

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Sildenafil
50mg
Tablet
2-4 hours
Upjohn
Pharmacy
£36.95
30-60 minutes
Vardenafil

Vardenafil

Vardenafil

Non-branded version of Levitra. Works in the same way, but cheaper.

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Vardenafil
5mg 10mg 20mg
Tablet
4-6 hours
Generic
Prescription-only
£30.95
25-60 minutes
Spedra

Spedra

Avanafil

Tablet that works from just 15 minutes. Works in the same way as Viagra and lasts for 5 hours.

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Avanafil
50mg 100mg 200mg
Tablet
4-5 hours
Menarini
Prescription-only
£34.95
15-30 minutes
Sildenafil

Sildenafil

Sildenafil

Like Viagra, but cheaper and works in the same way. Non-branded version of the original ED drug.

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Sildenafil
25mg 50mg 100mg
Tablet
2-5 hours
Generic
Prescription-only
£19.95
30-60 minutes
Levitra

Levitra

Vardenafil

Lower dose pill. Better option if you're older or have a pre-existing condition like diabetes.

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Vardenafil
5mg 10mg 20mg
Tablet
4-6 hours
Bayer
Prescription-only
£33.95
25-60 minutes
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It’s estimated that hundreds of millions of men around the world get ED. So it follows that there are quite a lot of different erectile dysfunction treatments available – no one treatment is ever going to work perfectly for everyone.

For the first time user, it might not seem obvious where to start. But luckily, there is a ‘path’ you can follow – starting with a certain type of ED drug if you’re new to treatment, and moving onto other types if these don’t work.

The most common treatment for erectile dysfunction is a type of drug known as a ‘PDE5 inhibitor’, which includes the famous Viagra (sildenafil) and Cialis (tadalafil), as well as vardenafil and avanafil. These will all work in largely similar ways, which is to relax the muscles around your penis and increase blood flow, making it easier to achieve an erection when you become aroused.

Usually you’ll need to take these drugs around an hour before you plan to have sex, and they’ll last in your system for around five hours. But some drugs, like Cialis, can be taken daily, or stay in your system for longer – so you can be ‘good to go’ whenever you need to.

Typically, if you’re taking ED drugs for the first time, you’ll be recommended one of sildenafil or tadalafil. This is because they have a proven record of being effective treatments, and come as an oral tablet – meaning many people use them without too much difficulty.

But they’re not always going to work or be suitable for everyone. Fortunately, there’s also a range of different types of treatments including creams, injections and tablets that melt on your mouth. In the table below, you can compare the different ED treatments on offer, and weigh up their pros and cons, so you can see whether they could be right for you.

What’s the best prescription ED medication available?

Everyone is different. So the best ED treatment for you might be completely different to what’s best for someone else. Most ED treatments need a prescription, so it’s important to be honest about your health when you talk to your clinician about treatment options, as well as the extent of your condition. And tell them about any other medications you might be taking – as these could impact your suitability for different treatments.

Keep in mind that whatever treatment you try isn’t guaranteed to work straight away. Finding the right treatment for you can take time, and many people find that their treatment doesn’t start working for them until they’ve tried it a few times. So don’t worry if you’ve tried a treatment a couple of times and it’s not worked – sometimes the third time’s the charm.

What’s the best 'non-prescription' ED medication?

‘Non-prescription’ ED drugs aren’t available in the same way that over-the-counter medications (like paracetamol) are. They’re what’s known as pharmacy medicines. This basically means that you won’t need a formal prescription from your doctor to buy them, but a pharmacist will still need to ask you a few questions before you can buy them to make sure that they’re safe and suitable for you to take – you can’t just pick them off the shelf and pay for them at the checkout.

Right now, there are only four non-prescription treatment options for erectile dysfunction: ‘Viagra connect’ (at 50mg), Sildenafil 50mg, Aronix (sildenafil 50mg) and Cialis Together (tadalafil 10mg). These are generally considered the ‘go-to’ doses that are safe and effective for most people.

For the medications containing sildenafil, there isn’t much difference between them, aside from the fact that they’re made by different labs, and that Viagra will come with that distinctive blue colour and diamond shape, whereas sildenafil the other two look a little different.

Sildenafil will be a bit cheaper, though. So if you don’t mind whether your treatment is branded or not, the generic sildenafil might be the better option for you.

Another point to consider is that medications containing sildenafil usually stay active in your system for up to five hours. On the other hand, Cialis Together can last for up to 36 hours, offering a longer window for intimacy.

What to do if you want to change ED medication

Sometimes a treatment might not work the same way it used to, or you might be struggling with some side effects, or perhaps you’ve been recommended a different treatment by someone else. Whatever the reason, our experts can give you the advice you need.

Talk to us about your health, and we’ll talk you through what options can be most suitable for you. Whether you want to change your dosage, or try a new treatment entirely, we offer a range of treatments on flexible subscriptions. So whichever treatment is right for you, we’ll help you find it.

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