About Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile Dysfunction or ED is common and affects around 20 million Americans. In some cases, erectile dysfunction can be a sign of an underlying medical issue, such as high blood pressure or obesity. In other cases, the driving force might be psychological. Erectile dysfunction refers to an inability to either produce or maintain an erection that is firm enough to have sexual intercourse. Although erectile dysfunction is thought to be relatively common, its exact prevalence has been difficult to ascertain; studies have produced a wide range of results. Depending on the cause and severity of your erectile dysfunction and any underlying health conditions, you might have various treatment options. Your doctor can explain the risks and benefits of each treatment and will consider your preferences. Your partner’s preferences also might play a role in your treatment choices.
Sildenafil relaxes muscles of the blood vessels and increases blood flow to particular areas of the body. Sildenafil under the name Viagra is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men. You’ve no doubt seen Viagra mentioned alongside a drug called sildenafil. While these two medications might have different names, they’re actually the same active ingredient. The difference is that Viagra is a brand name medication invented and marketed by Pfizer, while sildenafil (or sildenafil citrate) is the generic name for the ingredient in Viagra that’s responsible for its positive effects on treating erectile dysfunction. While generic sildenafil and Viagra are equally safe and effective, there is one key difference between the medications: cost. Viagra costs around $60 to $70 per tablet, while generic sildenafil can range from under $1 to up to $10 per pill, depending on the manufacturer and dose. Viagra and sildenafil are different in terms of:
- Price (Viagra is more expensive)
- Manufacturer (they are made by different companies)
- Availability on the NHS (only certain people will be able to get an NHS prescription for Viagra, whereas sildenafil is more commonly prescribed and widely available)
How do I Choose Between Viagra and Sildenafil?
- How much you want to pay – price-wise, Viagra is more expensive, and is only available to a certain few on NHS prescription. Most of the time, you will have to go privately to get Viagra, whereas sildenafil is much more readily available and cheaper too.
- Whether brands are important to you – often, the choice between Viagra and sildenafil comes to personal preference and an instinctual feeling of safety with branded medicines. However, this is simply an effect of the marketing, as both drugs are exactly the same.
- Where you are getting your treatment from – the only real difference between buying Viagra or sildenafil would come about if you are getting your prescription in-person from your GP. If you buy your ED treatment using a registered online doctor’s service, your method of purchase will be exactly the same for both drugs.
How Does Sildenafil Work?
Sildenafil belongs to a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions. Sildenafil works in different ways, depending on the condition it’s being used to treat. For ED: Sildenafil works by increasing blood flow to the penis. This helps you get or maintain an erection. Sildenafil only works for ED if you’re sexually aroused. For PAH: Sildenafil works by relaxing the muscles and opening up the blood vessels in your lungs. This decreases the blood pressure in your lungs. Sildenafil slows down the progression of your illness. It also makes you more able to exercise.
Who Uses Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate)
Sildenafil is also used in both men and women to treat the symptoms of pulmonary arterial hypertension. This is a type of high blood pressure that occurs between the heart and the lungs. When hypertension occurs in the lungs, the heart must work harder to pump enough blood through the lungs. Sildenafil works on the PDE5 enzyme in the lungs to relax the blood vessels. This will increase the supply of blood to the lungs and reduce the workload of the heart. This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
A person may experience ED as a result of physical factors such as high cholesterol levels, or due to psychological reasons, such as sexual performance anxiety. A doctor may recommend a number of treatments for ED including prescription medication or, in rare cases, surgical intervention. Other than the different names used on the packaging, the brand name version of Viagra and the generic drug sildenafil are the exact same medication. Viagra is the brand name that’s used by Pfizer to market its version of sildenafil citrate. There is no chemical difference between the sildenafil that’s used in Pfizer’s branded Viagra tablets and the generic sildenafil that’s available from other manufacturers. Generic Viagra, sildenafil citrate, works the same as Viagra, but at a lower cost
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