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No head-to-head studies have been conducted with the phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors to date. Results of noncomparative studies, however, suggest that tadalafil and vardenafil hydrochloride are at least as effective as sildenafil citrate in improving erections and increasing the number of successful intercourse attempts in men with erectile dysfunction (ED) at all levels of severity. By facilitating a sexual response, PDE5 inhibitors lend naturalness to sexual activity and may permit couples to return to their previous sexual lifestyle. By providing a broader window of opportunity, a longer-acting PDE5 inhibitor such as tadalafil adds to the variety of options currently available in managing ED with PDE5 inhibitors. This option offers increased flexibility by minimizing the need to plan sexual activity; allowing more time for intimacy or romance before sexual intercourse; and reducing the pressure on the patient to perform.
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