Compare all erectile dysfunction treatments

Active ingredient
Available doses
Form
Lasts for
Made/marketed by
Pharmacy status
Prices starting at
Works in
Viagra

Viagra

Sildenafil

The one you've heard of. Works in 30-60 minutes and lasts for up to 5 hours.

See treatments  
Sildenafil
100mg
Tablet
2-5 hours
Viatris
S4 (Prescription Only Medicine)
AUD63.00
30-60 minutes
Sildenafil

Sildenafil

Sildenafil

Like Viagra, but cheaper and works in the same way. Non-branded version of the original ED drug.

See treatments  
Sildenafil
25mg; 50mg; 100mg
Tablet
2-5 hours
Generic
S4 (Prescription Only Medicine)
AUD63.00
30-60 minutes
Levitra

Levitra

Vardenafil

Lower dose pill. Better option if you're older or have a pre-existing condition like diabetes.

See treatments  
Vardenafil
10mg
Tablet
4-6 hours
Bayer
S4 (Prescription Only Medicine)
AUD173.00
25-60 minutes
Tadalafil

Tadalafil

Tadalafil

Like Cialis, but without the branding (so it's cheaper). 'Weekend' and daily options available.

See treatments  
Tadalafil
2.5mg; 5mg; 10mg; 20mg
Tablet
36 hours
Generic
S4 (Prescription Only Medicine)
AUD90.00
30-60 minutes
Cialis

Cialis

Tadalafil

Comes as an on-demand pill that lasts for 36 hours, or as a daily dose that's active all the time.

See treatments  
Tadalafil
5mg; 10mg; 20mg
Tablet
36 hours
Eli Lilly
S4 (Prescription Only Medicine)
AUD104.00
30-60 minutes
  1. Manufacturers subject to change.
  2. Start and duration of effects are estimations.
  3. For more detailed information on your medication, read the patient information leaflet.

ED treatment: the basics

Video cover screen for erectile dysfunction
Play Video about Video cover screen for erectile dysfunction
This page was medically reviewed by Dr Daniel Atkinson, GP Clinical Lead on August 02, 2022. Next review due on August 02, 2024.

Compare ED medication

It’s estimated that hundreds of millions of men around the world get ED . So it follows that there are quite a lot of different erectile dysfunction treatments available – no one treatment is ever going to work perfectly for everyone.

For the first time user, it might not seem obvious where to start. But luckily, there is a ‘path’ you can follow – starting with a certain type of ED drug if you’re new to treatment, and moving onto other types if these don’t work.

The most common treatment for erectile dysfunction is a type of drug known as a ‘PDE5 inhibitor’, which includes the famous Viagra (sildenafil) and Cialis (tadalafil), as well as vardenafil and avanafil. These will all work in largely similar ways, which is to relax the muscles around your penis and increase blood flow, making it easier to achieve an erection when you become aroused.

Usually you’ll need to take these drugs around an hour before you plan to have sex, and they’ll last in your system for around five hours. But some drugs, like Cialis, can be taken daily, or stay in your system for longer – so you can be ‘good to go’ whenever you need to.

Typically, if you’re taking ED drugs for the first time, you’ll be recommended one of sildenafil or tadalafil. This is because they have a proven record of being effective treatments , and come as an oral tablet – meaning many people use them without too much difficulty.

In the table below, you can compare the different ED treatments on offer, and weigh up their pros and cons, so you can see whether they could be right for you.

What’s the best prescription ED medication available?

Everyone is different. So the best ED treatment for you might be completely different to what’s best for someone else. Most ED treatments need a prescription, so it’s important to be honest about your health when you talk to your clinician about treatment options, as well as the extent of your condition. And tell them about any other medications you might be taking – as these could impact your suitability for different treatments.

Keep in mind that whatever treatment you try isn’t guaranteed to work straight away. Finding the right treatment for you can take time, and many people find that their treatment doesn’t start working for them until they’ve tried it a few times. So don’t worry if you’ve tried a treatment a couple of times and it’s not worked – sometimes the third time’s the charm.

Can you get any ED medications over-the-counter?

At the moment, there aren’t any licensed treatments for erectile dysfunction available over the counter in Australia. All erectile dysfunction treatments need to be prescribed to you by a clinician. This ensures your treatment is personalised to your needs, and means you’ll feel more confident you’ve made the right choice.

Our experts can advise you about which drug is best suited to you, and which dose to start on. They’re always on hand to answer any questions about side effects you might have.

What to do if you want to change ED medication

Sometimes a treatment might not work the same way it used to, or you might be struggling with some side effects, or perhaps you’ve been recommended a different treatment by someone else. Whatever the reason, our experts can give you the advice you need.

Talk to us about your health, and we’ll talk you through what options can be most suitable for you. Whether you want to change your dosage, or try a new treatment entirely, we offer a range of treatments on flexible subscriptions. So whichever treatment is right for you, we’ll help you find it.

Reference Popover #ref1
Reference Popover #ref2

Choose how you do healthcare.

We know health, but you know you.
Our experts tell you what’s safe, but you decide what’s best.

1consult-on-your-own-time

Consult on your own time

Answer a few questions and tell us about yourself. Get tailored advice from our clinicians so you can choose better.

2treatments-to-fityour-life

Treatments to fit your life

Choose your treatment and how often you have it delivered.

3Your health-continued

Your health, continued

We know things change. It’s the nature of life. We’ll check in regularly to make sure your treatment is still right for you.

4Control at your fingertips

Control at your fingertips

Pause. Change. Skip. Start again. Any time you like.

How are we doing?

Fast, efficient and speedy service. Would recommend!

My second time using your invaluable service. Efficient, effective and value for money. Thank you.

Treated have been a life saver for me. HRT provider 5 *. Promot and efficient personal service. Thank you once again. 😊

Very thorough and very helpful.

Excellent service ,easy to order and next day delivery , definitely recommend this company

Superb service, very quick and efficient. Wouldn’t use another company.

4.8

Our average rating based on 3254 reviews.

Give us the inbox treatment.

We're making healthcare more about you. Sign up to our newsletter for personalised health articles that make a difference.

Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any questions or concerns about your health, please talk to a doctor.

Add a treatment to compare.

Suggest a treatment

If there’s a particular treatment or condition you’re looking for, tell us and we’ll look into it for you.

Ask or suggest something.

Submit your question here, or tell us if you’ve found an issue on our site.

We may email you about your query, but you can opt out of these communications any time you like.
4.8

Our average rating based on 3254 reviews.

Tell us about a problem

I accept the terms of use.
We may email you about the problem, but you can opt out of these communications any time you like.

What did you like about it?

What didn't you like about it?

We’ll get back to you very soon. We aim to respond to all queries in one working day.

You’re signed up to our newsletter. Keep an eye on your inbox for our latest update.

news-letter

Sign up to our newsletter for all the latest on Erectile Dysfunction and more.

By clicking 'Subscribe now' you're agreeing to our Privacy Policy.

Is this your first time with us?

You can continue as a guest, or sign in with your Treated account if you have one. 

4.8

Our average rating based on 3254 reviews.