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Sildenafil Vs Viagra

Sildenafil Vs Viagra

Description of Sildenafil Vs Viagra

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. 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 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.

Sildenafil (generic Viagra) becomes available

When 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, branded drug, or sildenafil, the generic version.

History –Loses Patent in 2013 on Viagra Allowing Generic Viagra (Sildenafil)

Viagra was one of the first treatments to be approved for the treatment of erectile dysfunction and has been used by men across the world for over a decade with excellent results. It was the original manufacturer for Viagra and developed a patent on the product in 1996. Originally Viagra was used for the treatment of heart disease, but during clinical trials it was noticed that it also helped treat erectile dysfunction. In 1998, received FDA approval to license the product for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.In 2013, the patent on Viagra ended in the EU, allowing generic manufacturers to start producing their own version. The generic version of the drug is known as Sildenafil which is the active ingredient in Viagra. The name Viagra is still a brand name which only can use. So effectively in the market the drug can be bought as either the branded product Viagra, or the generic drug Sildenafil.

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.

Price

Sildenafil is a generic drug which means that its price is not controlled by a single manufacturer. As several manufacturers produce Sildenafil, the market is very competitive which has helped drive down the price substantially. Viagra on the other hand is produced only by who control the price without any competition. As Viagra is a well known brand name, are able to charge a premium price. However, as Sildenafil becomes more well established it is expected that demand for the branded Viagra product will decrease and the price for Viagra will drop as a consequence.

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