What is Sildenafil?
Sildenafil is a drug that is used to treat erectile dysfunction. It works in exactly the same way as Viagra does, infact, it is the active ingredient in Viagra! Since it was introduced to the market as a generic drug in 2013, it has proven to be popular amongst Viagra users due to its cost-effectiveness. In other words, it does exactly the same job as Viagra, at a fraction of the price.
How does Sildenafil work?
Sildenafil works by helping increase bloodflow to the penis when you are sexually stimulated. It allows users with erectile dysfunction to achieve and maintain an erection hard enough for sex.
Does Sildenafil work?
Sildenafil has a high success rate of around 80%. In order sildenafil to work, you need to be sexually stimulated.
What if Sildenafil is not working for me?
If you find that sildenafil has not worked the first time, it may be the case that your body needs to adjust to the idea of getting erections again. You should call our support helpline or speak to your GP about adjusting the dose of your sildenafail. If after eight separate attempts, you feel that sildenafil is not the right treatment, do not worry. There are other safe and effective alternatives that we would be more than happy to discuss with you. Alternatively, you can go and see your GP or pharmacist for a discussion about this.
Is Sildenafil safe?
Sildenafil can be used safely when prescribed appropriately. Our online medical questionnaire will rule out if we think that taking sildenafil may pose a potential risk to your health.
How long does Sildenafil take to work?
Sildenafil takes around 30-60minutes to take effect. It is best to take sildenafil on an empty stomach, as it acts quicker this way.
How long does Sildenafil last for?
Sildenafil lasts for around 4-5 hours on average. This time frame may vary depending on whether or how much food or alcohol has been consumed.
How often should I take Sildenafil?
Sildenafil should be taken once every 24 hours.
What is the difference between Sildenafil and Viagra?
The active ingredient is the same. This means that they both work on the body in the same way. Pfizer developed Viagra in 1996, holding the patent (exclusive rights) for it. Once the patent expired, it gave an opportunity for other pharmaceutical companies to start manufacturing sildenafil under its generic name.
What is the correct dose of Sildenafil?
The usual dose for Viagra is 50mg to be taken 30-60 minutes before sexual activity. If you are experiencing any side-effects such as a headache, it is advised to try taking 25mg. Alternatively, if you are finding that 50mg is too low, you may need to increase your dose to 100mg. Before switching to an alternative, we recommend you try this eight separate times in order to give your body the chance to adapt.
Why is Sildenafil cheaper than Viagra?
The initial development and marketing of Viagra cost Pfizer hundreds of millions of pounds. In order to recover the investment that was put into Viagra, they have a time frame where they hold the rights to be the only manufacturer of sildenafil. In this period, they hope to recover the large investment that has been made and make a profit on top. Once the rights expire, other companies are free to manufacture sildenafil. For the generic manufacturer, a large investment is not required as the formula is known, the clinical trials have been conducted and they only need to demonstrate good standards of safety, quality and efficacy. The vast number of generic manufactures all competing to producing sildenafil help to keep the cost low.
Although the price of Viagra has dropped since its patent expired in 2013, its high profile name and brand loyalty is the reason why some people pay more for the "little blue pill".
Can i drink alcohol with Sildenafil?
It is advised to avoid alcohol, however, you can safely drink 2units of alcohol when taking sildenafil. Drinking too much alcohol will lower the amount of blood in your penis which is required for an erection.