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    New Generic Sildenafil: What Does It Mean for You?

    by Carissa Andrews - June 25 , 2018


    Photo Credit: by CANPharmaWorld
    Photo Credit: by CANPharmaWorld

    As of right now, most men who suffer from ED have to go to their doctor to determine the underlying cause—then get a prescription to help them maintain an erection during intercourse. This can be a daunting, and even humiliating endeavor for some men, which is why many will forego the trip all together.

    However, things are changing in the ED front—with new generic versions of Viagra being launched, as well as over the counter (OTC) versions being made available in the UK. These new options widen the opportunity for men to benefit from these medications, as well as save money and eliminate any difficult conversations with the family practitioner. It also spurs on the conversation for whether or not other countries, such as the United States, should follow the UK’s lead, by providing an OTC option.

    Viagra Generic Equivalents: What are they and does CPK carry them?

    The generic name (as well as active ingredient) for Viagra is sildenafil. Though they may have a different color, shape, or filler ingredients, generic medications are considered equivalent to the brand name medication and just as effective—and each have the same active ingredient: sildenafil.

    In a time when drug prices continue to rise—including the recent 9.4% increase on brand name Viagra by Pfizer, generic equivalents are becoming a better and better alternative. Especially when you consider this hike puts the cost of Viagra up to $770.60 for consuming 10 pills per month, as opposed to our generics that range from $30-$90 for a month’s supply at its strongest dosage of 100 mg.

    Even more good news for 2018, a new generic Viagra has hit the market and it means big savings for those with ED. Manufactured by Pharmaris Canada, PRZ-Sildenafil is the latest generic equivalent of Viagra ready to help the approximately 52% of men who have erectile dysfunction (ED).

    Canadian Pharmacy World does carry the new generic PRZ-Sildenafil in the 100mg dosage and in varying quantities. However, we are also carry other generic equivalents in different quantities and popular dosages from a variety of supplying countries and manufacturers. Our main suppliers are from Canada, the UK, and India.

    With these generic versions of Viagra hitting the market, more men and their partners are financially able to obtain and benefit from this treatment.

    Sexual Health Trends: The Causes of ED & How Generic Viagra Might Help

    Viagra has been around for two decades—first approved in 1998. Since that time, the trend for men suffering with erectile dysfunction hasn’t subsided. If anything, it’s become more prevalent—either by those brushing off the stigma and being willing to step forward, or because there are other situations increasing its relevance.

    Some of the most common causes of ED’s rise include:

    • Poor Lifestyle Choices – Daily choices make up our overall health, so it should come as no surprise that by making poor choices, your health will suffer. Drinking too much, abusing drugs, smoking, overeating, and having a sedentary lifestyle by choice are all decisions that can lead to ED—as well as increasing your risk for other health issues, such as heart disease and stroke.

    • Drug Interactions – Most of the time, medications prescribed by our doctors help alleviate problems we have. They treat conditions, but they can also have unintended consequences at times. They can interact with one another, or affect hormone levels, blood circulation, or nerve issues.

    • Physical Injury – Physical activity improves erectile function by increasing blood flow around the body. When you sustain an injury, your whole body can suffer—not just the injured part.

    • Medical Conditions – A number of medical conditions are known to cause or increase the risk of ED. Having heart disease or cardiovascular disease can go hand-in-hand with ED, as it means blood flow throughout the body is limited. Other conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, and more can also be an indicator erectile dysfunction is in your future.

    • Stress – Stress of any kind can send ripples throughout the body. It increases stress hormones, such as cortisol, which can lead to weight gain. Depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, etc. have a cyclical effect on the body. It can lead to physical injury, poor lifestyle choices, increase the need for medications—which could have interactions, and even bring about medical conditions. So, if there’s one thing to really be mindful of, it’s your state of mind and the stress you put on your body.

    Regardless of the why—it’s also clear generic versions of Viagra could be a lifeline to those who are suffering from ED. Generic medication are made to be the equivalent of the brand name medication, but typically cost about 85% less than their brand name counterparts.

    Could OTC Viagra in the UK Mean OTC Versions in the US?

    While in the US and Canada, you can only get Viagra or sildenafil with a doctor’s prescription, this year, an over the counter (OTC) version of Viagra, called VIAGRAconnect, became available in the UK in a 50mg tablet.

    Even with generic versions becoming more available, there’s still a stigma for most men, who tend to veer toward reluctance when it comes to talking to their doctor about ED. With an OTC version, which doesn’t require a doctor’s prescription, a new market of men could be the key to bolstering the sales and helping men who may never have tried the medication.

    Part of the reason the UK approved the OTC version has to do with the decades-worth of research from men’s experiences with sildenafil. Of course, the other part has to do with demand and the cost savings to the UK National Health Service by limiting the amount of doctor visits for patients seeking Viagra.

    According to Forbes’ recent article by form head of Pfizer R&D, John LaMattina, the United States’ FDA is watching the UK’s experiment with VIAGRAconnect closely to see if it’s successful. Additionally, the market in the US for OTC Viagra is a motivated one; just as it is in the UK. If you’re someone living in the US and hoping Viagra goes mainstream, you could be in luck. LaMattina believes the chances of OTC Viagra being approved in the US are pretty good.

    It’s important to note the OTC version of Viagra found in the UK is different from a generic equivalent of sildenafil, as it’s still a variation of the brand name medication and would have a different patent. It would likely be a long while before a generic form of OTC sildenafil is available.

    Of course, regardless of what’s happening in the United Kingdom, the only options most people have at their disposal is the brand name medication, and a generic equivalent of sildenafil. Currently, the United States and Canada requires all pharmacies have a valid prescription for Viagra or sildenafil, which ensures you are able to purchase your medication safely.

    Having a happy, healthy sex life can be a simple or as complicated as you make it—but remember, improving your daily life by reducing stress is a great way to reduce the risks of getting erectile dysfunction. Stress has a hand in all of the other common risk factors. If avoiding stress isn’t an option, be mindful of the other risks and do what you can to keep yourself healthy. For those who do need a little extra help, these new options for ED sufferers are on the horizon, giving hope of cost savings and a little more privacy in the coming months. While OTC Viagra might not be available yet in the United States, the generic medications available in our online pharmacy, including the brand new PRZ-Sildenafil, can help bring the costs down.

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    Carissa Andrews is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and author. You can learn more about her at her website.


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