What is Spedra?
Spedra is a new treatment for erectile dysfunction. It contains the active ingredient avanafil, a type of medicine called a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor (PDE5 inhibitor), which increases blood flow in the penis. Spedra is used to help men with erectile dysfunction achieve and maintain an erection sufficient for sexual activity. Spedra works faster than most other erection-inducing tablets: men are able to get an erection with 20 to 30 minutes of swallowing the tablet.
What is it used for?
Spedra is prescribed in the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction (ED), also referred to as impotence. Men with ED cannot get an erection, even when aroused, because they cannot achieve the desired circulation of blood in the penis. Spedra causes the blood vessels in the penis to widen, increasing blood flow to the corpus cavernosum. This ultimately results in the penis becoming rigid and erect.
How to use Spedra
Spedra should be taken 30 minutes before you plan to have sex and only works in combination with sexual stimulation. This medicine is most effective when taken on an empty stomach but can be taken before, with or after meals. It may take longer for the tablet to take effect if it is taken with food.
Spedra is available in 50 mg, 100 mg and 200 mg tablets. A doctor determines what strength is required. Unless otherwise advised, the usual dose for adults aged 18 and above is:
- one tablet, approximately 30 minutes before sexual activity. Spedra should not be taken more than once a day.
See the package leaflet for more information on dosage and administration.
Like all medicines Spedra can have side effects, including:
- Facial flushing;
- Nasal congestion;
- Dizziness, fatigue, sleepiness;
- Blurred vision or other eye problems.
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.
When not to use this medicine
Spedra is not suitable for everyone. Spedra should not be used in:
- Men who are allergic to avanafil or any ingredient in Spedra;
- Men or adolescents under the age of 18;
- Men taking any form of nitrate medication, HIV or AIDS medicines or certain antifungal medicines (your doctor will have a list of medicines that you should avoid mixing it with);
- Men with organ dysfunction;
- Men who have or have had a heart, vascular or eye disease.
Spedra interacts with other medicines. It is therefore important to tell our doctor which other medicines you are taking to prevent side effects or other problems.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding/driving ability/alcohol
Spedra is not suitable for use in women.
This medicine may cause blurred vision, dizziness and fatigue. Stay out of traffic if you experience these side effects.
Alcohol may intensify side effects such as dizziness and can temporarily impair the ability to get an erection. To get the maximum benefit from your medicine, you are advised to limit or stop drinking alcohol before taking Spedra.