Is There A Generic Version Of Viagra?
Pfizer’s Viagra, the little blue pill, has already helped millions of men who suffer from Erectile Dysfunction (ED). It is actively composed of Sildenafil Citrate, which belongs to the class of drugs called PDE5 (phosphodiesterase-5) inhibitor.
Even though the little blue pill will not officially go off patent until 2020, Pfizer’s settlement with Teva Pharmaceuticals in 2013 allowed Teva to sell a generic version of Viagra from December 2017, for which Pfizer gets royalties.
Approved in 1998, Viagra was the first recognized oral medicine for impotence. In fact, Pfizer's early TV advertisements for Viagra even coined the term Erectile Dysfunction (ED). ED is a condition in which men fail to get or sustain an erection during sexual activity, preventing them from making love.
Pfizer said the market research has shown that 20% of customers are loyal to their little blue pill. So, instead of giving up sales to generic drug manufacturers, Pfizer is selling its own generic version of Viagra and fighting to keep men using the blue pills.
Jim Sage, president of U.S. brandsfor Pfizer Essential Health, said, “We believe that the story for Viagra isn't done. It's just going to be a new chapter."
With the introduction of generic Cialis and generic Levitra into the non-branded marketplace, ED treatments may finally become cheaper for many patients. In fact, many practitioners prescribe the generic version of Viagra called Revatio (20 mg Sildenafil Citrate), which is the economically priced pulmonary arterial hypertension drug, to cut down the cost of the ED drugs.
However, taking 3 or more Revatio tablets at once to compensate one dose of Viagra can be troublesome. Plus, taking extra Revatio pills can increase the cost, which was actually meant to be a cheaper Viagra alternative.
For instance, the cost of 30 Revatio pills (approximately 6 Viagra dosages of 100 mg per dose) is a fraction of what you have to pay for Generic Sildenafil 100 mg, brand Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra. Generic Viagra, brand Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra cost you between $60 and $80 per pill. And five Revatio tablets cost you around $30.
Generic Sildenafil was only manufactured by Pfizer and Teva Pharmaceuticals. However, since the Viagra patent expired in December 2017, more and more drug manufacturers (such as Aurobindo and Cambia) have come to the party, selling Generic Viagra version at a much cheaper price. Just like the branded version, Generic Viagra is available in 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg potencies.
Last week, an Indian-based transnational pharmaceutical company, Lupin Limited, said it has got the FDA not to sell its generic version of Viagra in the American market. Lupin has received FDA approval to sell its generic Viagra in various strengths.
Lupin sells generic Viagra pills under the name Enthusia and Lupigra in 50 mg and 100 mg potencies.
Please note that even though the FDA has approved Lupin to enter the U.S. market with its generic Viagra versions, it will not be available without a prescription. However, in the U.K., generic Viagra is available without a prescription under the name Viagra Connect, but only in 50 mg potency. One can buy Viagra Connect from a local drugstore or a registered online pharmacy.
The easy availability of VIAGRA Connect without a prescription should make it more convenient for millions of men to access a safe, authentic and effective ED treatment. It may also help one get accurate information about generic Viagra from a trustworthy and professional source.
Sildenafil Citrate works by boosting blood flow to the penile organ when a man is sexually aroused. It does so by inhibiting a specific enzyme called PDE5. For men with ED, generic Viagra allows an adequate amount of blood to flow to the penile organ to attain and sustain stronger erections. However, the erection will subside after semen ejaculation.
The drug is absorbed quickly and takes 30 to 60 minutes to act. Therefore, doctors advise men to take the dose at least an hour before sexual activity. When taken along with a fatty meal, the rate of absorption is reduced and the drug will take longer to work, delaying the effects.
So, the bottom line of this post is generic Viagra is real and available at a much, much cheaper price, probably 88% cheaper than its branded counterpart.
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