sildenafil citrate Generic sildenafil contains the active ingredient sildenafil citrate. It is a PDE-5 inhibitor that works by facilitating blood flow to the penis, and is sold under generic manufacturer names, such as Mylan sildenafil, Actavis sildenafil, and Torrent sildenafil (as well as Pfizer’s brand name Viagra). The molecule produced by different brands is exactly the same from one to another, therefore sildenafil is always metabolised in the same way. It is considered a low toxicity drug and is generally well tolerated by most men.
Further information on brands of sildenafil and generic medicines FAQs.
When should you take sildenafil?
sildenafil citrate 100 Sildenafil should be taken approximately 40 minutes before sexual intercourse, and two hours after a meal. It should be noted that sexual stimulation is required for an erection to occur, and some patients may not respond to the starting dose of 50mg, in which case their doctor may increase the dosage.
How long does sildenafil last?
sildenafil citrate 100mg Sildenafil is one of the shorter-acting PDE-5 inhibitors, with a duration of action of about four hours (it’s ‘half life‘), and has the desired effect only if the patient is also sexually aroused. After around 22 hours none of the active ingredient remains in the bodies plasma.
sildenafil citrate generic When Pfizer lost its UK patent for the drug in June 2013 it made way for generic manufacturers to produce sildenafil, or ‘generic Viagra’. It costs a fraction of the price of Viagra, and has made the treatment more accessible to a wider range of patients. You can now choose to buy Viagra, Pfizer’s branded drug, or sildenafil, the generic version.
Blue or white pills?
sildenafil citrate alternatives Branded Viagra comes in small diamond-shaped blue pills – Pfizer has also patented this pill design and appearance. Sildenafil is sold as white or blue tablets, with different characteristics depending on the brand. Some have chalky finishes while others are smooth, and some are scored for easy division, while others are not. Both Viagra and the different brands of sildenafil can be purchased in 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg preparations, and there is no significant difference between them in terms of active ingredients.