Viagra vs Viagra Connect vs Sildenafil

How do these erectile dysfunction medications compare?

Viagra, Viagra Connect, and sildenafil are all medications for erectile dysfunction (ED). They all contain the active ingredient sildenafil, which can increase the blood flow to your penis helping you to get and keep an erection for longer. Some of these treatments need a prescription, such as Viagra and sildenafil, whereas Viagra Connect 50mg can be bought over the counter.

Here we compare these treatments to guide you to find the right treatment for you.

Viagra, Viagra Connect, and Sildenafil

Viagra is the most popular treatment for erectile in the world, and is available on prescription. Viagra is a branded medication that can only be made by Pfizer. Viagra Connect works the same way as Viagra and sildenafil but is available over the counter, which means you do not need a prescription. However, it is only available at a 50mg dosage. Sildenafil is the unbranded version of Viagra and Viagra Connect and also needs a prescription. Sildenafil is available at a lower price and is produced by multiple manufacturers. All 3 medications contain the active ingredient sildenafil. They work in the same way, causing your blood vessels to relax, making it easier for your blood to flow to your penis. You have to be sexually aroused for this medication to work. All 3 medications are taken by mouth and are best taken around an hour before sex.

Viagra vs Viagra Connect

Viagra and Viagra Connect are made by the same manufacturer and work the same way. Viagra can be prescribed by a doctor but Viagra Connect can be found over the counter at your local pharmacy. You may need to speak to your pharmacist first, as you should not take Viagra Connect unless you have ED and your pharmacist will need to make sure this is safe for you to take. Viagra connect is only available in one dose (50mg) whereas Viagra is available in different dosages.

Do you need a prescription?

You can get Viagra Connect without a prescription, but it is only available at a dose of 50mg. You will need a doctor's prescription to get Viagra, but it is available at the higher dosage of 100mg, or the lower dose of 25mg.

What dosage are they available in?

Viagra is available in doses of 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg. Viagra Connect is only available at 50mg. The recommended starting dose for Viagra is 50mg, but if you are taking other medications like protease inhibitors, your doctor may start you on a lower dose of 25mg no more than every couple of days. Viagra can be prescribed at a higher dose if it is not working for you, but you must speak to your doctor before taking a higher dose.

Do they have the same side effects?

As Viagra and Viagra Connect contain the same active ingredient, their side effects are the same. You should check the manufacturer’s leaflet before taking Viagra or Viagra Connect to check the list of possible side effects. If you do get any severe or unexpected side effects, speak to your doctor.

Are they manufactured by the same company?

Yes, Viagra and Viagra Connect are both branded medications that are manufactured by the same company (Pfizer).

Do they look different?

As they are made by the same manufacturer, Viagra and Viagra Connect look the same. They are both blue tablets that are shaped like a diamond. On one side of the tablet, it says PFIZER. The other side of the tablet says the medication and the dose. For example, 50mg of Viagra has VGR50 on the tablet, whereas Viagra Connect has V50 on the tablet.

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Viagra vs Sildenafil

Sildenafil is the unbranded version of Viagra, meaning they both contain the same ingredient and work in the same way but have different manufacturers. Both medications require a prescription from your doctor, as you should only use these medications if you have erectile dysfunction. A doctor will check your symptoms and make sure that this medication is suitable for you.

Do you need a prescription?

Yes, you need a doctor’s prescription for both Viagra and Sildenafil.

What dosage are they available in?

Both Viagra and Sildenafil are available in the same doses of 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg.

Do they have the same side effects?

Yes, both tablets have the same side effects as they contain the same active ingredient.

Are they manufactured by the same company?

No, Viagra is a branded medication and is only manufactured by Pfizer. Sildenafil is an unbranded version of the medication, meaning it could be manufactured by any medication manufacturer.

Do they look different?

Yes, Viagra is a blue diamond shaped tablet, whereas sildenafil can look different depending on who has manufactured it. Sometimes sildenafil is still blue but comes in a different shape. Often, sildenafil is a small, circular, white tablet. You can always check the medication packet to make sure you are taking the right treatment.

How Do I Choose the Right One for Me?

Choosing the right treatment for erectile dysfunction will depend on whether you want to speak to a doctor before getting a prescription. Viagra Connect can be bought over the counter, but if you take other medications or have health problems, it is best to make sure that any erectile dysfunction treatment is suitable before use.

Sildenafil is the cheapest, as it is an unbranded and generic version of Viagra. All 3 medications can be prescribed by our online doctors, meaning it is easy to get any of these medications. As they all contain the same active ingredient, they are all as effective as each other. If you need a higher dose than 50mg, Viagra Connect will not work for you.

How Can I Get These Treatments?

You can order all 3 treatments through Superdrug Online Doctor. To order Viagra, Viagra Connect, or sildenafil, follow these simple steps:

  1. Complete a short, medical questionnaire
  2. One of our online doctors will review this and make sure that Viagra, Viagra Connect, or sildenafil is the right treatment for you
  3. You can get your order through the post, with discreet delivery, or collect it from your local Superdrug store
  4. You can message your online doctor for free, through your online account if you have any other questions about your erectile dysfunction treatment

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