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What Does A Generic Viagra Pill Look Like

What Does A Generic Viagra Pill Look Like

What Is Viagra?

Viagra is the brand name of the prescription medicine sildenafil citrate. It’s used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. ED means you can’t get or keep an erection.

This medicine is also sold under the name Revatio to treat adults with pulmonary arterial hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs). Revatio is given to improve exercise ability and slow down worsening changes in people with this condition.

Additionally, Viagra has been used “off-label” for other medical conditions, such as Raynaud’s disease (a condition that causes fingers and toes to become cold and numb) and prostate cancer.

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.

Fast facts on Viagra

Here are some key points about Viagra. More detail is in the main article.

Viagra was initially designed to treat hypertension and angina pectoris.

Viagra's main competitors are Cialis (tadalafil) and Levitra (vardenafil).

Viagra pills are blue and diamond-shaped.

Individuals with kidney disease should not take Viagra.

Some people use Viagra recreationally, although it is not thought to have any benefit for people without penile dysfunction.

Viagra interactions

People with HIV who take protease inhibitors should discuss using Viagra with their doctors, because protease inhibitors increase the likelihood and severity of side effects. Experts say that these individuals should have no more than 25 milligrams (mg), and not more often than every 48 hours.

If the individual is taking alpha-blockers, they should make sure they take Viagra at least 4 hours before or after to prevent dangerously low blood pressure.

Viagra contraindications

The following individuals should not take Viagra, or should check with their doctor first:

  • those on nitric oxide donors, nitrates, and organic nitrites
  • men who are advised to refrain from sexual intercourse because of cardiovascular risk factors
  • people with severe liver impairment
  • people with kidney disease
  • individuals with low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • those who have had a recent heart attack or stroke

Sildenafil vs Viagra: which to choose?

Both 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.

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