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It’s Here! Finally a Viagra You Can Afford

by Dr. Sharon Orrange on February 26, 2013 at 1:45 pm

For those of you paying an arm and a leg for your erectile dysfunction (ED) meds, here is a safe and legitimate trick for you. Revatio (sildenafil 20 mg) is the exact same drug as Viagra, just in a different dose. There is now a generic version of that 20 mg tablet of sildenafil (Revatio).

Sildenafil is effective in roughly 70% – 90% of people with ED, hence its popularity. The sad thing is that while Viagra, Cialis and Levitra have changed lives, they are very expensive.

Sildenafil was originally developed by Pfizer as a medication used in treating ED (Viagra) but also for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (Revatio).

Viagra (sildenafil) is used in 25, 50 or 100 mg tablets for ED. The generic version of Revatio (sildenafil) is available as a 20 mg tablet. It is so much cheaper per month that even taking 2 – 2 ½ tablets of the generic version (to get 50 mg for ED) you will be saving money. You just need to ask for a prescription of sildenafil 20 mg tablets to start saving money fast.

As you may know, due to a risk of cardiovascular adverse events, sildenafil should not be used in patients taking nitrate therapy. Other than that, carry on.

Dr O.

Viagra 50 mg can cost $250 to $275 for 10 tablets; in contrast, 20 tablets of sildenafil 20 mg should fall in the $30 – $75 range, and 30 tablets would cost about $50 – $100, giving you as much as $200 in savings depending on the pharmacy. Viagra is not covered by many insurance plans, and when it is covered it is likely a Tier 2 or 3 drug, meaning a high copay.


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