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Is Sildenafil As Good As Viagra

Is Sildenafil as Good as Viagra

How Sildenafil Citrate (Viagra) Treats Sexual Impotence in Diabetes Patients

Sexual impotence is just one of the many symptoms that a person can experience with diabetes. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 10 percent of men with type 1 diabetes have erectile dysfunction as a common complication.

A study was done with 188 patients to see if sildenafil citrate, the drug that is marketed as Viagra, was able to improve the overall quality of erections. The results were significant in comparison to the patients who were given the placebo. Sexual function was drastically improved. Headaches, flushing, and dyspepsia were seen as adverse effects, though these were in low numbers. The conclusion of the study showed that sildenafil citrate was in fact effective for erectile dysfunction.

Sildenafil citrate helps to reduce the blood pressure in diabetic patients. When this occurs, it allows for hypertension to be controlled. This in turn helps with the atherosclerosis of the penile artery so that an erection can take place with greater frequency. Atherosclerosis is a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances that can lead to problems within the body. Just as it would be bad for it to build up in the arteries of the heart, it is bad when it builds up within the penile artery because it makes it harder for blood to flow to the penis for an erection.

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.

Sildenafil (generic Viagra) becomes available

When Pfizer lost its UK patent for the drug in June 2013 it made way for generic manufacturers to produce sildenafil, or ‘generic Viagra’. It costs a fraction of the price of Viagra, and has made the treatment more accessible to a wider range of patients. You can now choose to buy Viagra, Pfizer’s branded drug, or sildenafil, the generic version.

How do I choose between Viagra and Sildenafil?

Whether brands are important to you – often, the choice between Viagra and Sildenafil comes to personal preference and an instinctual feeling of safety with branded medicines. However, this is simply an effect of the marketing, as both drugs are exactly the same.

How much you want to pay – price-wise, Viagra is much more expensive, and is only available to a certain few on NHS prescription. Most of the time, you will have to go privately to get Viagra, whereas Sildenafil is much more readily available and cheaper too.

Where you are getting your treatment from – the only real difference between buying Viagra or Sildenafil would come about if you are getting your prescription in-person from your GP. If you buy your ED treatment using a registered online doctor’s service, your method of purchase will be exactly the same for both drugs.

Is Viagra, Cialis or Levitra best for me?

Different erectile dysfunction medicines suit different people, but it is difficult to tell which one will be best for you until you have tried them all.

While a particular erectile dysfunction medicine may not work for you first time round, we recommend taking it at least eight times before giving up and trying another. This is because it can often take this long to determine whether or not a medicine is right for you.

Is one preferable to the other?

Viagra and sildenafil are medically the same. It is a requirement for the generic version to contain the same levels of the active ingredient in the body as its branded alternative, which is known as bioequivalence. Before generic drugs are licensed for sale the manufacturer must demonstrate bioequivalence to the licensing authorities (the European Medicines Agency).

If you have a private prescription for Viagra, the branded drug must be dispensed; but you may ask for sildenafil at the time that the prescription is made. They are considered equally effective, however patients must follow proper protocol for optimum results. Also note that if the condition does not respond to the initial dose of Viagra or generic sildenafil, a higher dose may be required (after several unsuccessful attempts).

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