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Spedra is a medication for men that is used to treat erectile dysfunction. The active ingredient Avanafil ensures that the penis becomes firm and stays firm longer. The medication usually becomes effective within half an hour (with sexual stimulation), and ceases after a few hours. Spedra works faster than other similar capsules. In addition, its effect is often described as 'short but powerful'.
Medically reviewed by T.R. Mulder on December 17, 2018
Spedra is an erectile remedy taken in the form of oral capsules, which is used by men with erectile dysfunction.
Spedra tablets are available in different doses: Spedra 50 mg, Spedra 100 mg or Spedra 200 mg of Avanafil per capsule. When determining the correct dosage, it is usual to start with 50 mg, though a lower, half-capsule dose of 25 mg may also produce an adequate effect. If the effect is insufficient, you should discuss the matter with your doctor to determine the cause and adjust to the correct dose.
There are various processes in the male body which can interfere with the flow of blood in the penis. Stress, diet or other disorders can also cause poor circulation and thus affect potency.
Spedra usually starts to work within half an hour of taking a dose, but only when there is sexual stimulation. The Avanafil component inhibits the PDE5 enzyme, which relaxes the muscle tissue and thus allows blood to flow strongly into the penis.
Spedra works fast and is known for its short but powerful effect.
Half an hour before sexual activity, Spedra capsules should be taken orally and swallowed whole with water. This can be done with or without food, but if you experience nausea or an upset stomach, the recommendation is to take the capsule with some food.
It is then advisable to take the capsule one hour before sexual activity, because the active ingredient Avanafil will take longer to be absorbed when there is food in the stomach. And an exceptionally heavy and/or fatty meal can thus slow down the effects.
This medication should not be used more than once a day, and daily use is strongly discouraged – in each case, to prevent side effects. Provided it is working well, the medication can be used as long as is necessary or desired. The most suitable dosage will vary between individuals, and depends on other medicines that are being, or have been, used and sensitivity to side effects.
As with all erection remedies, alcohol is not recommended when taking Spedra. Both Spedra and alcohol dilate the blood vessels, which may thus cause dizziness. The drug can also cause the heart to beat (too) quickly. If chest pain occurs during or after sexual activity, it is important to get medical help immediately.
Spedra should not be taken with other medication. Always discuss any other medications with a doctor, who can advise on the risks of any possible interaction.
Spedra is available on prescription so a doctor can determine whether the active ingredient Avanafil should be used. This depends on the presence of other conditions such as cardiovascular disease and serious liver disease, or any other prescribed medication.
Spedra should not be prescribed where there has been a heart attack or stroke in the last six months.
And where there is a hypersensitivity to Tadalafil, this medication should not be prescribed in the future. Such hypersensitivity appears as a skin rash, hives and itching. If hypersensitivity is detected, this information should be passed to the pharmacy so this medicine is not prescribed again.