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About Sildenafil

Sildenafil (Viagra, Revatio) is a moderately priced drug used to treat erection problems in men. It is also used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, a serious heart and lung condition. This drug is more popular than comparable drugs. It is available in generic and brand versions. Generic sildenafil is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.

What is sildenafil used for?

Sildenafil citrate is a treatment for erectile dysfunction, sometimes known as ED or impotence. Sildenafil helps men with ED to get an erection in response to sexual stimulation.

What side effects can this medication cause?

  • headache
  • heartburn
  • diarrhea
  • flushing
  • nosebleeds
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • numbness, burning, or tingling in the arms, hands, feet, or legs
  • muscle aches
  • changes in color vision
  • sensitivity to light
  • sudden decrease or loss of hearing
  • ringing in ears
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • fainting
  • chest pain

Contraindications of Sildenafil

Concomitant use of nitric oxide donors, organic nitrites and nitrates such as:

  • nitroglycerin
  • isosorbide mononitrate
  • isosorbide dinitrate
  • sodium nitroprusside

What brands of sildenafil are available?

Sildenafil is a generic medicine that is also available under the following brand names:

  • Nipatra.
  • Viagra.
  • Vizarsin.

Revatio and Granpidam are other brands of sildenafil that are used for a completely different condition called pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Why is sildenafil cheaper than Viagra?

As a generic medicine, sildenafil is produced by a number of manufacturers, and competition among them helps to regulate its price and keep it affordable for consumers. Branded Viagra is only produced by Pfizer, whose name recognition and customer loyalty allow it to charge a higher price for its renowned ‘little blue pills’.