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Sildenafil Or Viagra

Sildenafil Or Viagra

Sildenafil vs Viagra: which to choose?

photo of pharmacists comparing viagra vs sildenafilBoth 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.

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.

Which one is best for me?

Could one be more suitable than the others? – yes, because of the dosages available. Viagra, Viagra Connect, and Sildenafil all produce the same outcome at the same dosage, but if you need a lower or higher dosage than standard, Viagra and Sildenafil are more suitable.  This is because you can get 25mg or 100mg dosages of these two.

Apart from available dosages, are they all as good as each other? – yes. They work in the same amount of time (usually 4 hours), last the same length of time, and all require arousal to work. The side effects for all 3 types are also all the same. The only difference is price and the fact that Sildenafil and Viagra are available in a wider range of dosages.

What dosages are there? – the 25mg dosages are suitable for men who only need a low dose or are unable to take the standard 50mg dose due to existing medical conditions. The higher dose of 100mg should never be exceeded but may be given to men who find the 50mg tablet is ineffective at treating their ED symptoms.

Viagra Connect is only available in the 50mg dosage – unlike the other two, Viagra Connect is currently only available in one dosage. This means you can't get 25mg or 100mg Viagra Connect, even if those dosages would suit you better.

What side effects can this medication cause?

  • headache
  • heartburn
  • diarrhea
  • flushing (feeling of warmth)
  • nosebleeds
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • numbness, burning, or tingling in the arms, hands, feet, or legs
  • muscle aches
  • changes in color vision (seeing a blue tinge on objects or having difficulty telling the difference between blue and green)
  • sensitivity to light

Effectiveness

Viagra has been proven to be a very effective treatment for erectile dysfunction with over 80 percent of men finding it works for them. Sildenafil is produced by several manufacturers and contains the exact same medical ingredient and dosage as the branded Viagra counterpart. To receive market approval, a generic medicine must be ‘bioequivalent’ to the branded product which ensures that the generic product has the same effectiveness.

As a result you can be confident that the Sildenafil sold in the UK is as effective as the branded Viagra tablets.

How You Can Get It

Neither of these medications are available over-the-counter. A doctor will always need to check your suitability for the drug before issuing it to you. More info here.

Viagra can be bought in person or online privately, with a prescription. Some patients may, however, be able to get Sildenafil treatment on the NHS.

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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