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Generic Sildenafil is like Viagra, without the branding. It works in the same way, and gives very similar results.
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Comes as an on-demand pill that lasts for 36 hours, or as a daily dose that's active all the time.
Lower dose pill. Better option if you're older or have a pre-existing condition like diabetes.
Like Cialis, but without the branding (so it's cheaper). 'Weekend' and daily options available.
The one you've heard of. Works in 30-60 minutes and lasts for up to 5 hours.
It’s a cheaper alternative to Viagra. In Sildenafil generic tablets, there’s an ingredient called sildenafil citrate. You get it in Viagra too. It’s a type of medicine that helps to relax the blood vessels around the penis.
Erectile dysfunction happens when not enough blood can get into the penis. It’s understood to affect around half of all men aged between 40 and 70 to some extent. So it’s more common than you might think (and if you do experience it, you’re definitely not alone).
The culprit is tight blood vessels, which stop blood from flowing in. An enzyme called PDE5 is what causes this.
Sildenafil counters the effects of this enzyme, so blood can reach the penis. And then, hey presto – a firmer and longer-lasting erection.
Because Sildenafil is a generic, it’s cheaper than Viagra. But it contains the same drug and shouldn’t be any less effective.
Sildenafil citrate is a type of drug called a PDE5 inhibitor, which just means that it stops the PDE5 enzyme from tightening up blood vessels in your penis. This allows more blood to flow into your penis, and makes it easier for you to get a harder, longer lasting erection.
So Sildenafil looks after your physical needs. It does fall short of being an aphrodisiac though, so you’ll have to be aroused for it to work.
Sildenafil tablets come in 25mg, 50mg and 100mg doses. So exactly the same doses as Viagra.
If you’re taking it for the first time, you’ll normally start on Sildenafil 50mg. If you take this dose and it works well but you get mild side effects, our clinician will suggest lowering your dose to 25mg.
Starting on a 25mg dose may also be recommended if you have any risk factors which make you more prone to side effects (like diabetes for example).
Sildenafil 100mg is only for when you’ve tried 50mg and it hasn’t been strong enough. It’s the absolute maximum dose.
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Wagner, G., Montorsi, F., Auerbach, S., Collins, M. 2001. Sildenafil Citrate (VIAGRA) Improves Erectile Function in Elderly Patients With Erectile Dysfunction: A Subgroup Analysis. Oxford Academic. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Volume 56, Issue 2, 1 February 2001, Pages M113–M119.
Take Sildenafil one hour before you plan to have sex, and swallow your tablet whole with water. It should take no more than between half an hour and an hour to work. Never take Sildenafil more than once in any 24 hour period.
Stick to the dose prescribed for you by our clinician. If you take more Sildenafil tablets than you should, seek medical attention.
If you get any serious side effects, go to your nearest hospital as soon as possible. This includes any signs of an allergic reaction, chest pain, or an erection that lasts for four hours or more and won’t go away on its own.
Sildenafil remains active in the body for up to five hours. As long as you take the tablet correctly, it should give you plenty of time to have sex with your partner. If you find it doesn’t last long enough for sex though, let our clinician know, and they can discuss strengthening your dose with you.
If it doesn’t work for you, get in touch with our prescriber. They’ll be able to suggest a different dose or an alternative drug. You just need to log into your account and send our clinician a message. Adjusting your subscription plan is really easy if you want to switch to a different treatment.
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