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Alternatives or Generic Erectile Dysfunction Medications: What’s Available?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man cannot get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. There are several prescription drugs on the market now that treat this condition: sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn), tadalafil (Cialis), and avanafil (Stendra). These prescription drugs for erectile dysfunction are about the same price and Viagra is one of the most popular options.

Since most insurance companies do not include this drug on their drug formulary, patients have had to pay out of pocket for Viagra, and in recent years, the prices of all erectile dysfunction drugs have skyrocketed. Many people feel that they cannot afford such a high price to treat their erectile dysfunction. Prices are now over a thousand dollars for a whole bottle. With prices like this, ordinary people can hardly afford to spend their money on something that most, if not all, insurance companies deem unnecessary for maintaining overall health.

That’s where some people start looking for supplements to try to deal with their erectile dysfunction. People have used herbs and supplements like DHEA, L-arginine, Ginseng, Propionyl-L-carnitine, Yohimbe, Gingko Biloba, and Horny Goat Weed as alternatives to treat their erectile dysfunction. However, because these supplements have not been extensively studied, their effectiveness is uncertain. Also, because the FDA does not control supplements as strictly, the amount of active ingredients can vary widely by manufacturer. These supplements can even cause serious side effects or interact with other medications, so before trying any supplement, talk to your doctor first.

If you are one of those who feel that you cannot keep up with these ridiculously high prices and question the safety and efficacy of supplements, you may have tried looking for generic Viagra to cut down on your expenses.

There is currently no generic available for Viagra in the United States; however, the FDA recently approved Teva Pharmaceuticals’ generic version of this popular erectile dysfunction drug in March 2016. The generic version of Viagra is scheduled to be in pharmacies beginning December 2017; however, it is possible that even with generic Viagra available on the market, prices are still quite high. In recent years, generic drug costs have risen astronomically, with some generics nearly matching the prices of their brand-name counterparts.

Until a generic Viagra becomes available or until the price of said generic is low enough to make it affordable, there is a drug (Revatio containing 20 mg of sildenafil) used for pulmonary arterial hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs) that you may want to discuss with your doctor. Revatio and its generic versions contain the same ingredient as found in Viagra, just in a lower dose. The best part is that Revatio, unlike Viagra, has several manufacturers that currently produce the generic form of the drug, so the costs are much lower.

So what exactly is generic Viagra? Generic Viagra is made from sildenafil citrate, a chemical that slows the production of phosphodiesterase type 5, or PDE5. The reduction of PDE5 increases blood flow to the penis. This will help achieve and maintain an erection Suhagra 100.

The only difference between generic Viagra and the brand name product produced by Pfiser is the price. Many times you will find that the generic drug is exactly the same as the brand name drug, only much cheaper. In the case of generic Viagra, the generic drug is not Viagra at all, but a drug that produces the same effect.

If you use Viagra but aren’t sure about switching to a generic drug, I would recommend trying the generic version to see if it works for you, after consulting your doctor of course. If generic Viagra works well for you, then there is no reason why you should spend money on the often expensive brand.


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