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Generic ED Medications vs. Brand: Is There a Difference?

Is there really a difference between the brand and generic ED medications? Learn why generic medications can save you money while giving you the same results.

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Most ED medications have a generic form available for them right now. But, even though there is normally a significant cost savings associated with buying the generic form, some consumers may be wary of not getting the brand name.

So, is there a real reason behind wanting a brand-name ED medication over a generic?

Below, we will cover just how brand and generic ED medications differ, go over how effective they are, and break down the brand and generic medications available for ED medications.

Generic medications have been thoroughly reviewed by the FDA

Generic ED medications, just like all generic medications, must go through a rigorous FDA review before being approved.

This review includes requiring proof that the generic medications are therapeutically equivalent to the brand name counterparts. This therapeutic equivalence includes achieving the same strength, effectiveness, stability, quality, and safety as the original brand medication.

Are generic ED medications as effective as the brand ED medications?

Given the precise standards that these medications have to measure up to, you should expect the same effectiveness from generic ED medications as with the brand medications.

Generic and brand ED medications of the same strength have demonstrated that they have the same amounts of the active ingredients contained, and that active ingredients should function the same way in your body. 

However, it is important to note that generic medications may have different inactive ingredients in the formulation than the brand medication, like fillers, binders, or other agents to create the rest of the formula. And, while this normally does not lead to any difference in use, if you are allergic to common fillers like lactose, it may be worth checking with your pharmacist about the inactive ingredients and letting your medical team know which inactive ingredients are unsuitable for you.

Generic ED medications may help you save money

The vast majority of medications dispensed in the United States are generic medications, and this is normally a very good thing when it comes to medication affordability.

Brand medications are the first to market, and, for a number of years after their release, the pharmaceutical company that releases them are able to sell unopposed. This, along with the need for the company to help recoup the costs associated with the development and testing of a new medication, mean that the prices of a brand-only medication can be pretty steep.

Once the medication is able to be made available in a generic form, many pharmaceutical companies tend to hop in and release generics, helping to lower the cost for the patients.

For many patients, a medication going generic means getting a therapeutically equivalent medication for a fraction of the price, and reducing their overall health care costs.

What are the generic and brand names of ED medications?

Viagra (Sildenafil)

Brand name(s): Viagra

Generic name: Sildenafil

Strengths available: 25mg, 50mg, 100mg tablets

When the medication went generic: 2017

Cialis (Tadalafil)

Brand name(s): Cialis

Generic name: Tadalafil

Strengths available: 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg, 20mg tablets

When the medication went generic: 2018

Levitra or Staxyn (Vardenafil)

Brand name(s): Levitra, Staxyn

Generic name: Vardenafil

Strengths available: 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg, 20mg tablets

When the medication went generic: 2018

Stendra (Avanafil)

Brand name(s): Stendra

Generic name: Avanafil (when it goes generic)

Strengths available: 50mg, 100mg, 200mg tablets

When the medication went generic: This medication has not yet been released as a generic medication

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