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Is There A Generic Viagra

is there a generic Viagra

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Dr. Warren Bromberg is chief of urology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. He agreed that cost has been an issue with these drugs.

Generic versions "will be of real benefit to the majority of men," he said. "The brand erectile dysfunction drugs are often not covered by commercial payers [insurance companies], or are covered but with substantial co-pays and restrictions on the number of pills covered per month," he said.

For older men on Medicare, he said the brand-name drugs can cost as much as $50 for one pill.

Both doctors said this has led many men in the United States to buy erectile dysfunction drugs online or in Canada.

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.

Blue or white pills?

Branded Viagra comes in small diamond-shaped blue pills – Pfizer has also patented this pill design and appearance. Sildenafil is sold as white or blue tablets, with different characteristics depending on the brand. Some have chalky finishes while others are smooth, and some are scored for easy division, while others are not. Both Viagra and the different brands of sildenafil can be purchased in 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg preparations, and there is no significant difference between them in terms of active ingredients.

WHAT IS SILDENAFIL AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

Sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra. Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and generic sildenafil are all part of a family of drugs called PDE-5 inhibitors. These drugs are used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). Erectile dysfunction medication works by preventing the chemical process that lets blood leave an erect penis. Basically, PDE-5 inhibitors tip the chemical balance in the penis to favor getting and maintaining an erection.

VIAGRA VS. GENERIC SILDENAFIL QUICK FACTS

  • FDA approved to treat erectile dysfunction
  • Available in 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg tablets
  • Nicknamed “The Little Blue Pill“
  • Costs more than generic ED medication

GENERIC SILDENAFIL

  • Each tablet contains 20mg of sildenafil, but prescriptions are available in 20, 40, 60, 80, 100 mg doses (you just take more than one pill at a time)
  • Costs significantly less than name-brand Viagra
  • Also effective in “the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED), including ED patients with diabetes mellitus or following radical prostatectomy (PDR).”
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