Sildenafil is the generic name of Viagra. The brand name of Viagra is Sildenafil. From 2013, Sildenafil is available in the market and is primarily used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The active ingredient is Sildenafil, and same active ingredients are present in the generic drug, but any manufacturer can produce them.

History

In 2013, Pfizer lost its Patent and so Sildenafil, a generic of Viagra, is being manufactured in the name of Sildenafil. Pfizer had the patient on Viagra from 1996. Initially, Viagra was used for the treatment of heart disease, but on a clinical trial, it was found to help erectile dysfunction. Pfizer got the approval from FDA in 1998.

In 2013, Pfizer’s patent on Viagra ended in Europe. So, other generic manufacturers started producing Viagra of their own versions. Though the name Viagra can only be used by Pfizer.

Appearance

The rights of holding the name Viagra is with Pfizer. The produce a unique looking blue color and diamond-shaped Viagra tablets. Many people call it “the little blue pill” and Pfizer still produce the same product. Sildenafil appears white in color and round in shape. But the appearances are cosmetic; the ingredients are the same in both of them.

Price

As a generic drug Sildenafil can be sold at any price by different manufacturers. There are many manufacturers of Sildenafil, and that is why the market is competitive, so the prices have come down, and customers benefit from getting cheaper Sildenafil tablets from the market. Whereas, Viagra is owned by Pfizer, so the price of Viagra can only be fixed by Pfizer. Pfizer still charges a premium price for Viagra. But it is assumed that as Sildenafil is getting well-known by people, so to stay in the market Viagra’s price has to be dropped by Pfizer.

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Doses

As they are the same drug, the way of consuming them are same. These drugs are to be taken around one hour ahead of going to any physical intimacy. Only one tablet should be taken per day or in 24 hours, and the effect of the tablet remains around 4 to 6 hours after it is consumed. You should talk to a medical consultant before taking the tablet.

Effectiveness

Viagra is well-known for its effectiveness. Around 80 percent of men using Viagra has said that it worked for them. Several manufacturers produce Sildenafil, and there is nothing different between Sildenafil and Viagra, both are exactly same, and the amount of dosage of both of them are same, and both have the same primary ingredient. The only difference is, of course, the price as well as their appearance. For getting approval from the market, any generic drug has to be ‘bioequivalent’ to the product they are producing similar to the branded version. So, there shouldn’t be any confusion that Viagra and Sildenafil are different drugs.

Furthermore, till now Viagra or Sildenafil is found to be effective only on men. There are some claims that Viagra or Sildenafil is showing effects on women too, but all of those claims are still under clinical trials.