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What Does Generic Viagra Look Like

What Does Generic Viagra Look Like

The Cost of Treating ED

The cost of treating sexual dysfunction in both males and females is a subject of increasing interest  as baby boomers approach retirement age. The incidence of ED increases with age and with health conditions such as diabetes and coronary artery disease. But with the cost per 50-milligram dose hovering around $35, the expense can be difficult to justify for many people. Furthermore, neither Medicare nor most private health insurers cover the cost of ED drugs.In 2005, Congress removed coverage for ED drugs from both Medicare and Medicaid, and many self-funded health coverage plans and private insurers followed their lead. A number of health insurance programs contractually excluded treatment for ED shortly after Viagra was introduced to the market back in 1998.In the January 2011 issue of “Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics,” M.C. Hornbrook and J. Holup of the Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente, asserted that exclusion of insurance coverage of ED drugs “is arbitrary and discriminatory (particularly against older men) and has no business, medical, or ethical rationale. Coverage of ED prescriptions should be included in basic health benefits by all public and private payers and health-care delivery systems when indicated to maintain, restore, or compensate for loss of function caused by disease, injury, or medical treatment.”

Viagra Dosage Information

VIAGRA may be taken with or without food.The recommended dose for most patients is a 50mg dose approximately 1 hour before sexual activity. Some will find they can take it as soon as 30 minutes before sex and have it take effect in time, while others will find they are best taking it up to 4 hours before sex.The dosage could be upped to 100mg or decreased to 25mg depending on how your respond to the medications and based on your doctor’s recommendations.The maximum dose is once a day, and more detailed information regarding dosage will be found in the printed guidelines for taking the medication included with your purchase when you order Viagra online or pick up your prescription in the pharmacy.

Side Effects

  • Flushing
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion
  • Stomach discomfort after meals
  • Abnormal vision (blurred vision, seeing shades of colors differently than before, or sensitivity to light)
  • Bladder pain
  • Cloudy or bloody urine
  • Dizziness

What will generic Viagra cost?

Generally, generic drugs first appear on the market at about a 50% discount to the brand. Unlike the brand, however, generic drug prices typically decrease very quickly as new manufacturers enter the market. Within a year of release, many generic versions of prescriptions can become very affordable, especially if multiple companies are making the generic.One caveat for generic Viagra, though: Due to the settlement between Viagra and Teva, the generic sildenafil manufactured by Teva will be the only one on the market until April 2020. What does this mean? In short, it could mean higher prices for a good while. Fewer generic manufacturers decrease competition that drives prices down.There is good news, though. As of 2016, at least nine other generic manufacturers have filed applications to manufacturing generic Viagra. So, as soon as Viagra’s patent expires in April 2020, more competitors will enter the space and likely drive costs down.

Are there any other ways to save on my ED medications?

  • Remember to shop around. You may be surprised that prices for other alternatives could be less expensive. Compare prices for Viagra vs Levitra, Cialis or Stendra, three other common ED medications.
  • Use a GoodRx Coupon. GoodRx offers discounts for Viagra, which can save you at least 15% off the full retail price.
  • Save with a manufacturer coupon or patient assistance program. Viagra’s manufacturer, Pfizer, offers multiple ways to save. The Viagra manufacturer coupon can reduce your insurance co-pay by as much as 50%, while the patient assistant program can help you receive your medication at no cost, if you qualify. For more information on these programs, eligibility, and how to apply, be sure to read through our Viagra Savings Tips, or visit Viagra’s website.

 

 

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