Around 5% of 40-year-old men suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED); that number increases to approximately 15% by aged 70. Generally, the inability to get and keep a strong erection (mild ED) affects 50% of all American men.

Introduced to the market in 1998, Viagra began treating ED patients by relaxing the muscles and driving blood flow to the penis, supporting the individual in getting and maintaining an erection. This breakthrough allowed Viagra to be known as the ED solution, until recently.

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Over the past few years, there’s been a growing demand for a cheaper version that could be afforded by sufferers who have a lower income. Pfizer provided the answer in 2017 when it launched a generic Viagra called Sildenafil.

Sildenafil is proven to be exactly the same as its branded alternative in effectiveness but is much cheaper. Let’s take a closer look at this ED medication and how it compares to other options on the market.

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Sildenafil is the generic name for Viagra. Due to Viagra’s strong association with ED, it has now become the general term for ED medication, so it’s no surprise Sildenafil has proved so popular as the non-branded alternative. Typically, the drug takes around 30 minutes to become effective with a lasting time of around four hours. Thereby allowing users to have a healthy sex life in line with their routine.

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Usually taken in doses ranging from 50mg to 100mg, Sildenafil is rarely used daily. Instead, individuals typically use the medication only in advance of sexual activity. That being said, it has been proven to help treat sufferers of pulmonary hypertension; those who have high blood pressure in the blood vessels that supply the lungs. In which case, their usage is likely to be more frequent.

As with all medication designed to help those affected by ED, the user must be aroused in order for the drug to work. Due to the nature of side effects and health warnings, a doctor’s prescription is required in order to obtain such medication. However, if you do have a prescription you are more than capable of accessing the support of a fully licensed online pharmacy.

Understanding the side effects

Sildenafil has a limited amount of side effects that users need to be aware of. Before seeking a prescription, we advise speaking to either one of our pharmacists or your regular doctor. Due to the method by which Viagra helps individuals get an erection, having cardiovascular conditions while taking medication presents an enormous risk.

Similarly, if you are currently taking nitrates for chest pain do not take the above solutions as you will suffer extremely low blood pressure. Additional medications that present a serious risk to your health are alpha-blockers for blood pressure and prostate conditions. They equally will drastically lower your blood pressure.

If you are allergic to certain medications, be sure to check with your doctor the likelihood of you suffering an allergic reaction to the ED medication. Similarly, if you are taking non-prescription medications including herbal and dietary supplements, you should confirm whether they could react with the medication.

If you take alpha-blockers or nitrates and are able to reverse your symptoms through lifestyle changes then that is a better solution for you.

Choose the right medication for you

There are rivals of Sildenafil that are also prescribed for ED. All are similar in their method of helping the patient although vary in duration of effect, price and form.

These include:

Levitra: In 2003, Levitra was released to both Europe and the US as a solution to ED. Working in the same way as Viagra, Levitra has a more powerful effect. The drug takes around 30 minutes to start working with an estimated five-hour duration.

Stendra: Often preferred over other solutions for the fact that it takes half the time of Levitra and Viagra to have an effect, Stendra also helps individuals by redirecting blood flow. However, while it does take less time to take effect, Stendra has a six-hour duration.

Staxyn: While it is unique as it dissolves in your mouth, Staxyn works the same way as Levitra and Stendra. Its effect lasts around five hours, taking 15 minutes to set in.

Cialis: Best taken around half an hour before sexual activity, Cialis leaves other forms of ED medication in the dust in relation to duration of effect. Lasting 36 hours in some cases, Cialis is considered a much more intense solution to its counterparts.

You can move between the various forms of medication, trialling and weighing up the benefits of each. As they all work using the same method, you are likely to experience similar effects.

However, some side effects of each may prevent you from using one over another. Similarly, some may work better for your sexual pattern than others.

How Medix can help

In 2016, Americans filed out more than 12 million prescriptions for Viagra and Cialis. However, that figure has been slowly declining while the cost of medication has been increasing steadily over the past few years. This is what led to the introduction of Sildenafil.

Sildenafil became the answer for American men struggling to afford branded ED medication. It’s introduction to the market resulted in a product-wide price drop, with Viagra now costing the same as it did on its launch in 1998. However, at some pharmacies Sildenafil can cost upwards of $50 per pill provided you aren’t covered for it.

At Medix, we offer Sildenafil and all alternatives mentioned above at a price all Americans can afford. Unfortunately, men that suffer from ED are vulnerable to scam sites offering miracle cures. Our staff discreetly dispense legitimate medicine while offering guidance on how to balance the solution with other medication.

We appreciate how debilitating erectile dysfunction can be. That’s why our online service is chosen over in-store alternatives. We understand the personal nature of the affliction and as such we deliver the drug to your door at a time convenient for you.

If you would like support in choosing the right erectile dysfunction medication, please get in touch. All of the featured medications can be found on our site and our pharmacists are committed to finding a resolution that works for you.