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Cialis vs. Viagra vs. The Phoenix: What's the Difference?

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Let's compare Cialis, Viagra, and The Phoenix to find which of these options for EB is the best fit for you and your overall health.

Last Updated: 11/22/2021

Written by

Warren Dutton

“I need to get a weekend pill; tonight is our anniversary,” said a man to his friend at the bar. Pretty sure you have come across some of these conversations, especially in social circles. Statistically, 40% of all men will have some form of ED by age 40, with the number rising to 50% when they approach 50 years. This means that at least a third of your male friends may have ED. Cases of this disease are rampant in men from ages 25 to 50 years, with numbers prevalent at 40-70 years, representing a 10% ED severity level.

Sexual inability has many harms, both psychological and physical. Reproductive-related problems elated by ED include lack of sexual urge, impotence, and infertility. You may also experience psychological complications such as depression, marital issues, inability to satisfy your partner or give them a child, low self-esteem, etc. In a nutshell, ED is the mother of all reproductive complications in men-ED symptoms are seen in 26% of men under 40 years, according to the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Treating Ed: Cialis vs. Viagra

There are many options when it comes to treating erectile dysfunctions problems. Pills, however, are common, with many taking preference to them due to their effectiveness, ease of use, and affordability. They are fast-action pills taken through oral administration before sexual activity to help you achieve an erection and satisfy your partner with ease.

Viagra is the most common of ED treatment pills. It is made by the American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, initially as a treatment for hypertension in the early 90’s. However, research shows that the sildenafil constituent Viagra increased the blood flow rate. Sildenafil classification is under the phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5 inhibitors) that cause an increase in the flow of blood in the body by blocking the PDE5 enzyme.  This meant that men suffering from ED could potentially realize an erection after taking the pill. Viagra, however, is a prescription pill and should not be in use without adequate directions from a medical professional.

Although Viagra was amongst the first drugs made for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, other companies over the years have made similar strides to accomplish the same. This has seen the production of generic viagra, which is more affordable and accessible. Drugs like Hims, Lemonaid, Romans, etc., have similar effects as viagra in that they allow for increased blood flow into the penis, allowing you to have an accomplished full erection. These alternatives have been tested and vouched for by medical practitioners. Control bodies like the FDA in the US and NHS in the UK have passed the drug as a safe medication for erectile dysfunction.

Cialis, generic name tadalafil, is a tablet used in the treatment of ED and is also a PDE5 inhibitor. Sexual stimulation leads to the production of nitric oxide then activates the enzyme guanylate cyclase. The activation causes the making of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). Like in Viagra, the active ingredient in Cialis prevents the PDE5 enzyme from destroying the cGMP, which affects the flow of blood into and out of the penis. By constraining this enzyme, cGMP can make the erections stand stronger for longer. Unlike Viagra, Cialis is a bit stronger. It comes in the lowest dose-about 2.5 mg, compared to the 25/50/100 mg Viagra variations. 

Patients suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) can take the drug in doses of 5g per tablet per day. BPH is a condition that affects men at age 30, and signs can begin to show at age 50. Common effects are urinary tract infections such as difficulty urinating and dribbling of the urine. The dosage can be taken after eating or on an empty stomach.

Cialis also has a lasting effect, research showing that it can last as long as 36 hours after intake. Due to the small dosage, you can take daily Cialis pills with no adverse effects. The drug takes about 30 minutes and 6 hours to maximize the effects after taking it. The treatment is taken as needed, but a prescription is essential to ensure no misuse and also, to ascertain that you buy the real thing. Also, a doctor can direct you on the correct dosage that will be effective to your condition without causing adverse health effects.

Drawbacks of Using Booster Pills:

Using pills for a long time or misuse of the same can have some harm to your body. This may include:

  • Headaches

  • High blood pressure

  • Low blood pressure

  • Upset stomach

  • Dizziness

  • Chest pain

  • Indigestion

  • Abnormal vision

  • Nausea

  • Skin rash

  • Muscle, arms, legs, and back pain

  • Facial flushing

  • Nasal congestion

  • Priapism-prolonged painful erections

  • Not the best option for a person with heart disease

If you happen to experience any of these common side effects, you should seek medical help as soon as possible to avoid life-threatening occurrences. To prevent this, physicians recommend using medical prescriptions on viagra and Cialis before using them either for recreational or medical purposes. This ensures that you have the correct dosage, which reduces your chances of having fatal effects and probable long-term reproductive complications.

No Pills: The Phoenix

Taking pills every time you want to consummate is detrimental in the sense that you always depend on the strength of the pill to foster an erection. If you don't have the pill, chances are you are not going to have a sexual encounter. Research shows that eventually, taking booster pills such as Viagra and Cialis can heal your ED problem. But with no guarantees, you are dependent on the pills. This leaves you with an option of exploring other methods that can help you, even in the long term, to achieve an erection naturally.

Low-intensity shockwave therapy has been there for quite some time now. Unlike pills and other boosters, this technology seeks to treat the root causes of erectile dysfunction. As you may probably now know, the general cause of ED is a lack of enough flow of blood into the penis. Li-ESWT uses low-intensity sound waves to massage away the plaques constricting the blood flow in your veins. The ED medication allows your veins to receive more blood, thereby maintaining an erection for longer.

Like its clinical counterpart, the Phoenix treatment uses the Li-ESWT technology to clear the blood flow in the penile veins. For many years, shockwave therapy has been accessible in clinics only. This can be quite expensive and also time-consuming in the sense that you will have to schedule the clinic visitations. With Phenix treatment, you purchase the kit and can treat yourself at the comfort of your home peacefully and at a time of choice.

The pricing of the Phoenix treatment also steps lower than the clinic treatment. Typically, you will need 15-minute 6-12 effective treatments-each costing $500 for clinical Li-ESWT treatment. Compared to the $3,000-$6,000 USD you will use to get shockwave therapy at the clinic, The Phoenix Treatment retails at around $900 USD. This is a huge saver, also considering that you get to keep the device for future use. And since ED develops more as you age, the treatment can be used in the future for preventive medication.

Merits of Using Shockwave Therapy Over Other Conventional Treatments

There are many treatment options for combating ED; injections, surgery, implants, pills, etc. But the downside of these methods is that they involve a lot of time, and side effects are prevalent as an aftermath of using these medications. On the other hand, shockwave therapy can be the better option as it attends to the root problem and has better results in the long term, even restoring your natural ability to “get it up” again. Below are some of the reasons why you should choose shockwave therapy:

  • The process doesn’t use any drugs. You can accompany it with pills to get instantaneous results as it does not have a drug interaction with any medication.

  • This treatment uses technology that applies low-intensity shock waves on the surface of the pelvic area and the length of your penis to restore normal blood flow. It requires no needles, surgery, or implants.

  • Your blood flow is restored, translating to naturally occurring erections.

  • As the blood flow improves, you can have fuller and harder erections

  • The treatment betters your sensitivity making you more sexually active than before

  • You can have longer erections. You can satisfy your partner during intimacy, which will better your happiness, mood, and relationship.

  • Shockwave therapy has documented no side effects ever. It is therefore safe and efficient to use.

Conclusion:

Viagra and Cialis are pills used to treat erectile dysfunction. They are active PDE5 inhibitors that prevent the demolition of cGMP and cause increased erection periods due to increased blood flow in the penis. Pills, however, are not the only treatment to ED available today. Shockwave therapy is active in treating the root cause of the ED, which is generally the lack of enough blood flow into the penis.

That said, The Phoenix is a small, portable kit that helps restore blood flow so that you can resume your erections naturally. The low-intensity sound waves help remove the plaque that constrains the vessels in the penis to expand enough allowing more blood inside. Li-ESWT is an efficient ED treatment that is non-invasive, painless, and affordable. Consider it when you are thinking of options for the pill and eventual healing from ED.

Quick Questions:

Is Cialis better than Viagra?

Cialis and Viagra are PDE5 inhibitors. They prevent the PDE5 enzyme from destroying the cGMP that aids the blood flow into and out of the penis. The difference between the two is that Cialis has a longer active timeline, 36 hours, compared to Viagra's 4-6 hours.

What is The Phoenix treatment?

This technology uses shockwave therapy to remove plaque from your penile blood vessels. More blood can flow through, allowing you to have more control and fuller erections.

What is the price of The Phoenix treatment?

Typically, shockwave therapy at the clinic will cost you $3000-$6000 for 6-12 treatments that are the recommended dose. Comparatively, The Phoenix costs about $900, and you get to keep it. You can perform further treatments in the future at the comfort of your home.

Is shockwave therapy more effective than viagra?

Both are ED treatments that are effective. However, shockwave therapy tends to focus on the root of the ED rather than having a spontaneous erection as pills do.