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Generic Viagra 2017

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Sildenafil vs Viagra: which to choose?

Both Viagra and sildenafil are widely used to treat erectile dysfunction. In fact, they contain the same active ingredient. Viagra is a brand name for the sildenafil produced and sold by the company Pfizer. Sildenafil is also sold as a generic drug, which is medically identical to Viagra.

History of sildenafil as Viagra

Sildenafil citrate was created in 1989 by British scientists Albert Wood and Peter Dunn as a possible treatment for hypertension and angina; conditions associated with coronary heart disease. In 1991 Dr. Nicholas Terrett, now often referred to as the father of Viagra, was named in the British patent for the drug as a heart medication. And though Pfizer’s early trials of the drug in the 1990s did not prove its efficacy as a heart medication, patients who took part in the clinical trials reported increased erections after taking sildenafil. Separate studies provided more information on the biochemical process that causes erections, which helped scientists understand how sildenafil could enhance the effects of sexual stimulation and open up blood vessels in the penis. Sildenafil was then studied in men with erectile dysfunction, and in 1998 it was approved by the FDA specifically for treatment of ED.

Side Effects

  • flushing (warmth or redness in your face/neck/chest),
  • stuffy nose,
  • headache,
  • memory problems,
  • upset stomach,
  • back pain,
  • low blood pressure,
  • faint feeling,
  • dizziness, or
  • shortness of breath

What about over the counter Viagra?

Over the counter Viagra is on the way, but not here in the US. The UK just recently became the first country where patients can buy Viagra over the counter (OTC), without a prescription. This decision by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (the UK’s FDA) is expected to reduce the use of unregulated, black market erectile dysfunction drugs. OTC Viagra, to be sold as Viagra Connect, will be available as a 50 mg tablet for £19.99, or $26.81 US dollars, for a 4-tablet pack.  Pfizer, the drug’s maker, says it should be in UK stores by spring of 2018.

Are there any other ways to save on my ED medications?

  • Remember to shop around. You may be surprised that prices for other alternatives could be less expensive. Compare prices for Viagra vs Levitra, Cialis or Stendra, three other common ED medications.
  • Use a GoodRx Coupon. GoodRx offers discounts for Viagra, which can save you at least 15% off the full retail price.
  • Save with a manufacturer coupon or patient assistance program. Viagra’s manufacturer, Pfizer, offers multiple ways to save. The Viagra manufacturer coupon can reduce your insurance co-pay by as much as 50%, while the patient assistant program can help you receive your medication at no cost, if you qualify. For more information on these programs, eligibility, and how to apply, be sure to read through our Viagra Savings Tips, or visit Viagra’s website.
  • Fill a 90-day supply. Getting a 90 day supply instead of a 30 day supply can help shave a little more off of your out-of-pocket costs. Be aware that you will need a new prescription from your doctor, and approval from your insurance to fill for a higher quantity. Check in with your doctor, insurance, and/or pharmacist.

If you have insurance, check your coverage. Many plans don’t cover ED drugs, but some will offer coverage for one or two preferred brands. You may be able to pay less at the pharmacy for Cialis or Levitra

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