Sildenafil, also known as Cialis, is the active ingredient in Nitric Oxide PDE-5 Inhibitors, and is widely used for the treatment of male erectile dysfunction (MED). Since its introduction in 1998, sildenafil has been shown in multiple clinical trials to be more effective and have less side effects than Viagra. Here are some of the reasons why sildenafil is cheaper than Viagra:

Generic

When a drug is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as a generic, this means that it is bioequivalent to the brand name drug but is manufactured at much lower costs. Due to its popularity and extended list of therapeutic benefits, sildenafil is one of the most commonly prescribed and most frequently bought generics. This is reflected by its high market share against competing drug products.

Branded

In the same way that generic drugs are less expensive to the pharmacist and pharmacy, branded drugs are cheaper to the consumer. This is mainly because pharmaceutical manufacturers, who fund drug research, have to make a profit from the sale of these products. Due to the high acquisition costs and production standards involved in creating a branded drug, it is not uncommon for companies to charge several thousand dollars for a single bottle.

Steady Source Of Revenue

When a drug is approved for medical use, this also makes it an approved source of revenue for the pharmaceutical company that manufactures it. Since sildenafil has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of erectile dysfunction and has few side effects, it has become a popular choice for insurance companies who cover medical conditions. Due to this popularity and proven track record, sildenafil is currently being investigated to see if it could become the first FDA-approved treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

Cheap To Produce

In addition to being an inexpensive source of revenue, sildenafil is also extremely affordable to produce due to its simplicity in comparison to some of the other drugs on the market. In fact, it is so cheap to produce that it is sometimes even given away for free by pharmaceutical companies in conjunction with their clinical trials. In some cases, the costs of running a clinical trial with sildenafil are covered by the government because it is such a cost-effective treatment option.

Small Targets

Due to its small molecular size and quick ability to be absorbed by the body, sildenafil is highly effective in targeting tissues and bodily fluids where most drugs fail. This is why it is often referred to as a mini-Viagra, and is one of the main reasons why it is much cheaper than Viagra. When a drug is miniaturized, this usually means that it is easier for the body to absorb and therefore easier for the drug to reach its target. Due to its success in clinical trials, sildenafil has been branded as the first oral drug to successfully treat pulmonary hypertension, causing blood vessels in the lungs to relax and widen, and allow increased blood flow throughout the body. As a result of this increased blood flow, the heart expands and blood clots in the legs are prevented, helping to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Though Sildenafil is significantly cheaper than Viagra, this does not mean that it is a free pass to abuse. Just like any drug, sildenafil can be dangerous when administered by someone other than a legal medical professional, and overdosing can cause serious adverse reactions. Additionally, just like any drug, sildenafil can become ineffective if used with certain foods or drinks (such as grapefruit) or if the dose is not properly indicated.

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