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Is generic Cialis set to become the new Viagra?

Photo of generic Viagra and generic Cialis packs

Viagra became a powerhouse of a brand by promising to power up the sex life of couples across the globe. Viagra has become synonymous with helping men to get and keep an erection and has become a hot topic of conversation, there are even jokes about it:

What’s the difference between the first honeymoon and the second?
First honeymoon, Niagara. Second honeymoon, Viagra!

Let’s not for one moment, think of erectile dysfunction as a laughing matter. But, like all well-known brands, Viagra does draw attention. Read in full

Viagra Connect over the counter

Viagra over the counter
From £1.35 each

The UK medicines regulator today (28 Nov 2017) approved an application to make Viagra available over the counter in pharmacies (‘P’ medicine classification). See MHRA reclassifies Viagra Connect tablets to a Pharmacy medicine.

Pfizer’s new product will be called Viagra Connect and will contain 50mg of Viagra (sildenafil) in packs of 4 and 8 tablets and is expected to be available Spring 2018. Pricing is unconfirmed but likely to be around £5 per pill.

The MHRA’s decision follows the expiry of Pfizer’s exclusive patent for Viagra in 2013, after which other pharmaceutical companies were permitted to supply their own Sildenafil tablets and prices were slashed. More recently (14 November 2017) the patent expired for Cialis (another popular drug for erectile dysfunction), and the price of generic Cialis (‘Tadalafil’) is significantly lower. Read in full

Prices of Viagra: Superdrug, Lloyds, MedExpress, Pharmacy2U

Photo of Viagra and sildenafil packets
There are a number of online doctor and pharmacies now operating in the UK and it is no surprise there are varying prices of Viagra, and it’s generic version sildenafil.

The patent for Viagra expired June 2013 allowing other drug manufacturers to distribute generic versions called sildenafil, the chemical name of the active ingredient in Viagra.

Sildenafil is medically identical to Viagra, equally effective, and available at much lower cost. Read in full

Sildenafil over the counter

sildenafil over the counterPfizer, the pharmaceutical company that developed Viagra (sildenafil), has applied to the UK medicines regulator (MHRA) to reclassify it’s erectile dysfunction (ED) drug from prescription-only to ‘P’ (Pharmacy). This would allow pharmacies to sell sildenafil over the counter without a prescription.

The application is for sildenafil 50mg only in a maximum pack size of 8 tablets. Sildenafil tablets are available on prescription in strengths of 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg in pack sizes of four and eight tablets.

The move follows the expiry of Pfizer’s exclusive patent for Viagra in 2013. After the patent expired other pharmaceutical companies, apart from Pfizer, have been permitted to supply their own sildenafil tablets, sometimes known as generic Viagra.

The application has support from the pharmacy industry: “Sildenafil is one of the most counterfeited medicines,” said Royal Pharmaceutical Society president Martin Astbury, with many men “resorting to the internet to buy medication”. Read in full

Why it’s important to consult with a doctor before taking Viagra

Doctor taking blood pressure senior manWith all of the publicity surrounding ‘the little blue pill’, it may seem as though you could just borrow one from a friend to help you regain your sex life. But while Viagra is effective, and has relatively few side effects, it is a prescription-only medicine and must be taken under a doctor’s care.

Some patients are not good candidates for Viagra; due to certain medical conditions or other medications they are taking they may be at higher risk of side effects. Erectile dysfunction can be indicative of an underlying health condition that should be treated before considering Viagra, and still other cases of ED are psychological, requiring counselling and therapy instead of medication.

Learn why it is important that Viagra, and all other PDE-5 inhibitors, be taken only under a doctor’s care. Read in full

How long does sildenafil last?

man checking packet of sildenafilOne of the most common questions associated with sildenafil and other PDE-5 inhibitors is how long does it last?

As soon as a potential patient thinks of taking medicine for erectile dysfunction the practical questions come into play:

  • who can take it?
  • what is the drug composed of?
  • when should you take it?
  • how long does it last?

Though specific questions or concerns should always be discussed with a doctor, it never hurts to be informed about any medicine you are thinking of taking. Read in full

Where’s the cheapest place to buy Viagra online in the UK?

Boxes of cheap Viagra in the UKDespite the fact that Viagra lost it’s patent in June 2013 allowing for lower cost generic Viagra called sildenafil (the name of the active ingredient in Viagra) to be licensed and legally available in the UK and many EU countries,  the price of Pfizer branded Viagra has remained high.

For those that can afford it, the Viagra brand provides a sense of confidence that they are using a supposed superior product, even though generic Viagra (sildenafil) is identical in medical terms (although different cosmetically).

Whether branded or generic there are many options to buy treatment for erectile dysfunction in the UK. Read in full