Generic Name: avanafil
Drug Class: phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitor
Stendra is an oral prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction or ED. This is only indicated for male sexual dysfunction and is not indicated to protect against sexually transmitted diseases, such as hepatitis B, syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV.
Stendra Dosage Forms
This is available in Stendra 200 mg, 100 mg, and 50 mg tablets.
Stendra Mechanism of Action
It inhibits phosphodiesterase 5 in order to increase the amount of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). The cGMP is responsible for smooth muscle relaxation, thereby increasing blood flow into the penis. This leads to an erection.
How to Take Stendra
Read your healthcare professional’s information leaflet or medication guide prior to starting this medication. If you do not understand the uses and directions of a medication, consult your physician or pharmacist for more information.
Take this tablet with or without a meal about 15 minutes before sexual activity. It should be taken by mouth only. Drink fluids immediately after swallowing the tablet. Never take more than one dosage in a 24-hour period.
Make a dosing schedule. Do not increase or decrease your Stendra dosage. Take this oral medication exactly as prescribed.
Stendra Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
Severe Side Effects:
-Non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION)
-Ringing in the ears
-Prolonged erection or priapism
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Stendra.
Immediately consult your doctor or other health care professional if you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not take this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to avanafil or any inactive ingredients the tablet may contain. It is important to recognize the signs of serious allergic reactions, including trouble breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swelling of the lymph nodes, and hives.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of stroke, high or low blood pressure, heart problems, liver disease, kidney disease, dehydration, eye problems, bleeding disorders, stomach ulcer, penis conditions, and priapism. Also, due to possible drug interactions, you must inform your doctor about all your medications or supplements.
Dizziness and vision changes are among the common adverse effects of avanafil. Practice safety caution when doing tasks that need alertness and clear vision, especially driving. You must also restrict your alcohol intake while on this treatment.
This type of medication is not used by pregnant and breastfeeding moms.
How much does Stendra cost in Canada?
You can see the list of prices at the top of this page. Stendra is not an over-the-counter medication so you need to get a valid prescription from your physician.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Stendra used for?
Stendra (avanafil) is being prescribed to manage erectile dysfunction. It increases or enhances the blood flow to the penis, which helps a man keep an erection.
How long does Stendra last?
This type of medication begins to work 15 to 30 minutes after it has been administered. Then, its effect could last for up to 6 hours, depending on one’s response to the drug.
Is Stendra more effective than Viagra?
Stendra vs Viagra – These medications are both indicated for erectile dysfunction. What makes Avanafil better is that it is more favorable in terms of adverse effects compared to Viagra.
What is the difference between Stendra and Cialis?
Stendra vs Cialis – The former manages erectile dysfunction among men. On the other hand, the latter is used for both erectile dysfunction and enlarged prostate.
Is there a generic for Stendra?
Although there are oral medications that work the same as Stendra, there are still no generic alternatives to this product. If this drug does not work well for you, please notify your healthcare provider.