Tuesday, October 18, 2022
When presented with a different choice of medications that may meet your needs, it can be easy to get confused between the different brands and how well they work. In general terms, when a medicine, such as Viagra, comes onto the market, it has a patent. This means that other pharmaceuticals can’t create their own version of the drug until the patent expires; it also means that, for that period of time, people associate the drug and its purpose with the brand name. Once the patent expires, as Viagra’s did in 2013, other pharmaceutical companies are free to create their own non-branded (generic) alternatives containing the same active ingredient (in the case of Viagra, Sildenafil citrate).
Other examples of branded drugs that have become synonymous with the active ingredient are Calpol and Nurofen. Just as non-branded infant paracetamol has the same effect as Calpol and supermarket ibuprofen is the same as Nurofen, generic Viagra brands such as Sildenafil Teva, Sildenafil Accord and Sildenafil Sandoz have the same impact as the branded Viagra and Viagra connect, because they all have the same active ingredient: Sildenafil citrate.
When the patent for Viagra Pfizer (sildenafil) came to an end, generic equivalents of the popular (and expensive) drug appeared on the market. Aside from Viagra Connect and Eropid (generic Viagra Connect), which are only available in 50mg doses, all Sildenafil brands are available in 25mg, 50mg, or 100mg tablets.
In general terms, the biggest difference between the different Viagra brands is that generic Sildenafil tablets tend to be significantly cheaper than the Viagra brand. Although these drugs may vary in dosage, pill appearance and texture, packaging, and cost, they all contain exactly the same active ingredient – Sildenafil citrate – which means that they will work in the same way. However, some people may find some brands harder to swallow than others, so prefer to stick with the brand whose texture, shape and taste is most palatable to them.
Brand preference is the same for different Viagra brands as it is for all products including cosmetics, drinks and types of food: everyone is different and although there may be minimal difference between two or more brands, people show a preference or loyalty to a particular brand. Some may choose to stick with the brand that they are familiar with. Others may opt for the cheapest – which is usually one of the generic Viagra names. For some, money may not be an influencing factor, but convenience is; they are more likely to opt for Viagra Connect or Eropid, which don’t require a prescription.
Just as most leading brand products cost more, generic Viagra brands tend to be cheaper than Viagra itself. Usually, if someone chooses to use Viagra instead of one of the cheaper ones, it is because they have used it before and know that it works for them. At the time of writing, the lowest cost Sildenafil available via Oxford Online Pharmacy is:
* These prices are as of 14.10.22 and are subject to change.
As always, non-branded, larger volumes of products will be cheaper per unit than branded, smaller amounts. For example, two 50mg Viagra Pfizer tablets cost £7.96 - £3.98 each, compared to 63 of the non-branded equivalent, which costs £63.98 – less than £1 each. However, if you are not sure that you are happy with the brand, buying in bulk in the first instance could be a false economy.
When you complete your online consultation with Oxford Online Pharmacy, the prescribing pharmacist will advise you on the most appropriate dosage to meet your needs, depending on whether you have previously used Viagra or non-branded products and broader health implications. Once you find a brand and dosage that suits you, your pharmacist may recommend that you buy in larger quantities to save money in the long term.
All of our product prices include the cost of consultation and prescription; your prescription can be delivered to your door in discreet packaging within 24 hours with minimal inconvenience and no waiting times. If you have any questions about the different Sildenafil brands and dosages, please do get in touch; we are on hand to advise you.