- Contains the active ingredient, Avanafil
- Fast-acting treatment for male Erectile Dysfunction
- Only to be taken as and when required, 15-30 minutes before sexual activity
- Not to be used with other erectile dysfunction treatments
There are many causes for erectile dysfunction, including medical reasons, age, stress factors, lifestyle, inadequate rest, or smoking and alcohol. In some of these circumstances, patients can make some changes to combat these effects. In certain circumstances, lifestyle changes alone may be inadequate, and treatment using medicines may be considered. In all cases, reducing risk factors by making lifestyle modifications should accompany treatment using ED medication.
As the name suggests, Spedra is a fast-acting treatment to combat the effects of erectile dysfunction and can be taken as little as 15 minutes before sexual activity. It contains the active drug, Avanafil, which belongs to a family of medicines called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE) inhibitors. PDE inhibitors are medicines that prevent the phosphodiesterase enzyme from breaking down the messengers responsible for the relaxation of smooth muscle and therefore widening of blood vessels in the penis when stimulated. This dilation improves blood circulation and increases blood flow which therefore leads to a better erection.
This group of medication is commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction, and there are other different drugs within this group such as Sildenafil, Tadalafil, and Vardenafil. Although Avanafil is only licensed to treat ED, other drugs within this group can be used to treat conditions such as certain types of high blood pressure. It is therefore used with caution in patients with cardiovascular disease and severe heart failure or hypotension (low blood pressure).
There is no generic alternative for Spedra (Avanafil) as is the case for Viagra (Sildenafil), Cialis (Tadalafil) and Levitra (Vardenafil). Generic Avanafil should be available mid-2025, this should mean cheaper alternatives will be available from other manufacturers.
- There are three strengths of Spedra currently available; 50mg, 100mg and 200mg tablets.
- It is recommended that Spedra be taken on an empty stomach to achieve maximum efficacy. When taken with high-fat foods, the drug’s rate of absorption significantly decreases, which may delay the desired effect.
- The effects of Spedra can last up to six hours.
- Spedra should not be taken by anyone under the age of eighteen or by those who experience no trouble in achieving an erection.
Side Effects of using Spedra
As with all medications, Spedra can have unpleasant side effects even when taken correctly. The most common of these are:
- Nasal complaints
These side effects are not cause for great concern and should last only a short time.
However, if you experience a painful erection that will not go down, contact your nearest medical centre or out-of-hours service for help.
To determine if Spedra is a suitable treatment for you, please select your preferred option and proceed to the assessment page.