Medically reviewed by Patrick Carroll, MD
Written by Our Editorial Team
Last updated 9/29/2020
Approved by the FDA in April of 2012, Stendra® (avanafil) is the newest medication available for treating erectile dysfunction (ED).
Stendra is a selective PDE-5 inhibitor, meaning it acts by inhibiting the enzyme PDE-5, which is associated with ED. It has been shown to be faster-acting in the way it works than older medications like sildenafil (main ingredient in Viagra®), tadalafil (sold under the brand name Cialis®) and vardenafil (sold under the brand name Levitra®).
Overall, Stendra is an option if you’re looking for a newer, faster-acting brand name ED drug.
Stendra is a prescription medication, meaning you’ll need to talk to a healthcare professional and get a prescription before you can buy and use it. We offer Stendra online, subject to approval after an online consultation with a healthcare professional, with discreet delivery to your door.
Because Stendra is a newer medication than Viagra, it’s not yet available for sale as a generic drug. This means that the price of Stendra is higher than sildenafil, the generic form of Viagra.
If ordered through hims and billed quarterly, Stendra costs $116 per month, with each month’s supply including four pills containing 100mg of avanafil. This is the typical, recommended starting dose of Stendra for treating erectile dysfunction.
In comparison, a typical one-month supply of generic sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, ordered through hims starts at $24 per month and includes four pills, billed quarterly. Like Stendra, we offer sildenafil online, subject to approval after an online consultation with a healthcare professional.
While Stendra has a higher price than generic versions of the older ED medications, it does offer some benefits. Robust clinical trial data of Stendra has shown that:
It works fast. In clinical trials, Stendra was shown to start working in as little as 15 minutes. Older ED medications like Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) and Levitra (vardenafil) take about 30-60 minutes to start working.
It has fewer side effects. Because Stendra is more selective in the tissue it targets, it’s less likely to affect your vision or blood pressure than older medications. This may make it a more pleasant, safer option if you’re prone to side effects from ED medication.
However, it’s also worth noting that Stendra isn’t free of side effects. The most common ones include headache, flushing, a sore throat, back pain and a stuffy or runny nose.
More serious — and much less common side effects — include an erection that won’t go away (priapism), as well as sudden vision or hearing loss.
It’s longer lasting. Stendra lasts for slightly longer than Viagra (sildenafil) (over six hours for Stendra vs. around four hours for Viagra) with effects that typically last for up to six hours. This means you can take it earlier before you have sex, all without having to worry about the medication wearing off.
It can be taken with moderate amounts of alcohol. Stendra can be taken even after you’ve enjoyed a drink or two (or three) during a night out without the usual negative effects alcohol can have on your sexual performance.
At $175 per month ($35 per pill) through hims, Stendra is more expensive than generic versions of older ED medications such as sildenafil(generic Viagra). However, it has numerous advantages that may make it a good option for you.
As the newest medication approved by the FDA to treat ED, Stendra offers many benefits, like a quick onset of action and long-lasting effects. Our Stendra 101 guide goes into more detail on how Stendra works, how you can use it and what to expect when you take it.
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