Viagra vs. Cialis vs. Levitra - The Facts!

In the end, the proper choice for an erectile dysfunction pill boils down to which one fits best into the lifestyle of the individual user. However, figuring our which is the best for you will often include some trail and error. But since there are only three choices (Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra), the best product can be easily determined.

Here are the facts on the three types of oral medications:


Viagra - Pfizer Inc.
Cialis - A joint venture between Eli Lilly and ICOS Corporation
Levitra - Bayer (yes, the aspirin company)

Release Date:

Viagra - March, 1998
Cialis - February, 2003
Levitra - April, 2003

Viagra's dominance in sales is primarily due to the five year head start they had on the other two products.


All three of the drugs are basically priced the same - with Levitra normally priced a little lower and Cialis priced a little higher.

Side Effects:

Viagra - facial flushing, headaches, and altered or blurred vision. These symptoms are not common. You should consult a doctor if these symptoms persist for more that 4-8 hours.
Cialis - headaches, upset stomach, muscle and back pain. These symptoms are not common. If they persist for more than 4-8 hours consult a doctor.
Levitra - headaches and facial flushing. These symptoms are not common and a doctor should be consulted if they persist for more that 4-8 hours.


Viagra - It usually takes between 25 to 45 minutes to act and it lasts for up to 6 hours.
Cialis - It is both the quickest acting and longest lasting of the three drugs. It usually takes 15 minutes to act and can last up to 36 hours.
Levitra - It usually takes between 25 to 45 minutes to act and it lasts for up to 6 hours.

Fatty Foods:

The effectiveness of Viagra is diminished with fatty foods. Cialis and Levitra are not affected by fatty foods.


We generally don't choose one product over the other two. All three have some unique qualities. You should review and determine which pill has the effectiveness you want - quickest acting, longest lasting, potential side effects, etc.