https://static.getroman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/ro.png 0 0 Rob Schutz https://static.getroman.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/ro.png Rob Schutz2017-10-26 16:52:352018-05-24 19:59:24Sildenafil vs. Viagra
What is Sildenafil and How does it Work?Sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra and another drug called Revatio. Viagra, Revatio, Cialis, and Levitra are all part of a family of drugs called PDE-5 inhibitors. These erectile dysfunction medications each work by preventing the chemical process that lets blood leave an erect penis. PDE-5 inhibitors essentially tip the chemical balance in favor of erections.
Viagra vs. Generic SildenafilViagra (sildenafil) is used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), and it comes in 3 different tablet strengths:
- 25 mg
- 50 mg
- 100 mg
Sildenafil is the generic name of the active ingredient in Revatio and Viagra. But only Revatio has been approved for use as a generic ED medication. That means there’s an inexpensive sildenafil in a 20 mg tablet, but not an inexpensive generic of the 25, 50,100 mg tablets.Physicians can prescribe sildenafil for any reason—not just to treat pulmonary hypertension. Since the sildenafil is exactly the same active ingredient as Viagra, many doctors prescribe sildenafil to treat ED. Technically this is considered “off-label” use, but the only difference is the dose in each tablet. However generic sildenafil only costs a fraction of the price of name-brand Viagra. So off-label use of sildenafil can help men who can’t afford the higher price of Viagra.
What Does this Mean for Patients with ED?Here’s a quick recap of the difference between generic sildenafil and Viagra:
- FDA approved to treat pulmonary hypertension
- Also effective in “the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED), including ED patients with diabetes mellitus or following radical prostatectomy (PDR).”
- Only available in 20mg tablets
Viagra, the “Little Blue Pill“
- FDA approved to treat erectile dysfunction
- Name-brand medication, so it costs more than generic alternatives
- Available in 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg tablets
Adjusting Your Dose: Viagra vs. Sildenafil50mg is the typical starting dose of Viagra (sildenafil). This starting dose lets doctors raise or lower a patient’s dose to achieve the desired effects while avoiding any potential side effects. One of the benefits of generic sildenafil vs Viagra is that the smaller 20 mg dose tablets let you “dial in” your ideal dose more carefully than the three options available with Viagra (25, 50, 100). For example:
- A doctor writes a prescription for a patient to take (2) 20 mg tablets of sildenafil, one hour before sexual activity. (That’s a 40 mg dose)
- Based on how effective it is (do they get and maintain an erection?) and how well the patient tolerates the medication (do they experience any side effects?), the physician and patient can increase the dose to 60 mg (3 tablets), 80 mg (4 tablets), or the maximum daily dose of sildenfail—100 mg (5 tablets)
- On the other hand, a patient may find that a 20 mg dose (1 tablet) gives him the effect he wants. Even better, that low dose doesn’t come with any annoying side effects. It’s a win-win!
Viagra vs. SildenafilThe ability to adjust your dose of ED medication is one of the best ways to find a treatment plan that works for your health, lifestyle, and relationship with your partner. The flexibility of 20mg doses also allows for occasional jumps in dosage (from 20-40mg) to give a man a bit more of what he (and his partner wants). This increase is particularly helpful for dealing with:
- Performance anxiety with a new partner
- Combating the distractions and loss of “erotic focus” from stress