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Generic Viagra Now Available in United States

Dec 19, 2017

Men should know that PDE5 inhibitors like generic Viagra are not appropriate for all patients.

Men who take nitrates (for chest pain and other conditions) or guanylate cyclase stimulators (for pulmonary hypertension) should not take ED drugs. The combination could cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure.

Patients should also discuss their medical history with their doctor before starting ED medication. PDE5 inhibitors are available only by prescription.

ED is often symptom of other medical conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. So, it is important for men with erection problems to have a thorough checkup with their doctor. In some cases, treatment for other health issues and lifestyle changes, can improve erectile function.

Men who cannot take ED medications still have other options, including self-injections, vacuum devices,  transurethral agents, and penile implants.

Resources

Associated Press via Albany Times Union

Johnson, Linda A.

“Drugmaker launches own generic Viagra”

(December 9, 2017)

https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Drugmaker-launches-own-generic-Viagra-12418747.php

HealthDay via CBS News

Gordon, Serena

“Generic Viagra: Two versions of sildenafil hit the market today”

(December 11, 2017)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/generic-viagra-two-versions-of-sildenafil-hit-the-market-today/

Medscape Medical News

Young, Kerry Dooley

“Little Blue Pill Goes Generic Today, and Pfizer Joins In”

(December 11, 2017)

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/889846?src=soc_fb_171214_mscpedt_news_mdscp,mdscp_viagra&faf=1

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

“Generic Drugs: Questions & Answers”

(Page last updated: November 28, 2017)

https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/QuestionsAnswers/ucm100100.htm

Viagra.com

“Important Safety Information”

https://www.viagra.com/questions

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