How does Brand Name Viagra (sildenafil) Compare to Generic Viagra (sildenafil)

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a board certified urologist, who specializes in all aspects of care for sexual problems in men including ED, premature ejaculation and other sexual concerns. He helps men of all ages who experience impotence to regain confidence and erections.

How to Save Money on Generic Viagra and Cheap Cialis

At New York Urology Specialists, our doctors understand that Viagra and Cialis can be expensive if not covered by health insurance or if you do not have health insurance. We work with our patients to prescribe affordable treatment options including generic sildenafil as well as other money-saving ways to buy less expensive Cialis and Viagra. If you need help with affordable sildenafil (generic Viagra) and Cialis, schedule a consultation online or call 1-(646) 663-5211.

We offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment for men with erection problems.

What is the Difference between Viagra and Generic Sildenafil?

Viagra is a brand name for medication that contains sildenafil for treatment of erection problems in men.

Both brand-name viagra and generic sildenafil contain the same ‘active’ ingredient, sildenafil.

The components that ‘glue’ the pill together, called ‘carrier’ are different in the two medications.

The generic compound contained in brand name Viagra is sildenafil. After Pfizer’s patent on Viagra ended in 2003, sildenafil is manufactured by pharmaceutical companies around the world and offered at prices that are 75-90% lower than the brand name version. The active ingredient in both generic sildenafil and brand name Viagra is the same.

It difficult for the FDA to monitor the quality of medications manufactured outside the United States. If a medication is unusually cheap and has been manufactured overseas, you should be concerned about its efficacy and safety.

In the United States, Viagra is still patented; generic sildenafil is available for treatment of pulmonary hypertension but not for treatment of ED in men. Generic Viagra for treatment of ED will become available in the US in December of 2017.

Does Viagra Work the Same as Generic Sildenafil?

The active ingredient, sildenafil nitrate, the part that makes the medication work is the same in Viagra and generic Viagra preparations. As long as both are FDA approved, you can be assured that they have the same active ingredients.

What is More Effective Viagra or Sildenafil?

For most men, both Viagra and generic version of Viagra, sildenafil are equally effective. A small number of men find that generic version of medication may not be as effective as the brand name.

Are Side Effects Different or the Same with Viagra and Generic Viagra, Sildenafil?

Most men experience similar side effects to both Viagra and its generic version, sildenafil that is produced by other companies. Some men find generic medications cause side effects that were not present when they took Viagra. This is usually as a result of a different ‘carrier’ component present in generic and brand name versions of the medication.

What is Less Expensive?

If price is a concern, you can talk to your doctor about taking generic sildenafil. It is important to take medication manufactured by a reputed company that is subject to FDA regulations. In the US, Teva Pharmaceuticals has been granted FDA approval in March 2016 to manufacture generic sildenafil in the 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg tablet form. It is expected to become available in the US in December 2017.

Generic medications are usually less expensive than brand name medications. You can expect to save anywhere from 15-85% off with generic Viagra.

The Bottom Line: Viagra or Generic Sildenafil

Both Viagra and generic sildenafil are safe and effective treatment options. Most men do not feel that there is any difference between the two.

If you’re one of the small number of men who have side effects to generic sildenafil but not to Viagra, it is a good idea to switch to Viagra. Similarly if you switch from Viagra to generic Viagra (Sildenafil) and you find that the generic version does not work as well, you should go back to Viagra.

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a board certified urologist, who specializes in all aspects of care for sexual problems in men including ED, premature ejaculation and other sexual concerns. He has successfully treated hundreds of men with sexual problems including ED and poor libido.

We see patients from all parts of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island), Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey as well as other parts in the USA, Canada, South America and the Caribbean and other international patients. We also offer emergency care for men with urological problems.

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