Generic Viagra

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  1. Imported

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    spd: Has anyone tried this? Is it really the same as the real Viagra?
     
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    You have to be more specific about which "Generic Viagra" product you are talking about. Viagra is Pfizer's tradename for sidenafil citrate. There are manufacturers in parts of the world where Pfizer's patents are not in force which do make sidenafil citrate pills, which are indeed a generic version of Viagra. However, sale and importation of these in the US or other country when the Pfizer patents are in force is theoretically illegal. Nevertheless, such products are available.

    However, much of the "Generic Viagra" is from internet scammers, and you really don't know what is in the pill. Some of these sellers are honest enough to note in the fine print somewhere that their "Viagra" contains no sidenafil at all. Some of these contain herbal materials, others contain nothing at all, but the seller just depends on you being too embarassed to ask for you $79.95 back, at least not until he's changed names and business addresses, as he does every month.

    In an interesting twist, I just received a health bulletin from my insurance company, explaining that a certain "Herbal Dietary Supplement" was recalled, because although it did not claim to be Viagra, it did in fact contain sidenafil! (Note that taking Viagra with certain health conditions can be harmful or fatal. This is why it is a perscription drug, and why it is very bad to give it to someone without their knowlege.)

    So, yes, there is generic Viagra, although of questionable legality. If the source you are buying from gives information tracable to an actual drug manufacturer, it probably really is sidenafil, at the proper dose, and will work like the Pfizer product. When I had a different insurer that refused to pay for Viagra, I investigated such sources. However, much of the spam mail advertising generic Viagra is selling a bogus product, which may or may not do anything, but is not sidenafil.
     
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    spd: Ok, I was talking about the stuff advertised at the top of this page. Here's the url. It claims to be the real stuff
    http://www.totaldrugstore.com/
     
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    [quote author=spd link=board=health;num=1058027398;start=0#2 date=07/14/03 at 17:26:13]It claims to be the real stuff.[/quote]

    So does that Santa Claus at the mall.
     
  5. B_DoubleMeatWhopper

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    [quote author=Pecker link=board=health;num=1058027398;start=0#3 date=07/14/03 at 18:48:00]

    So does that Santa Claus at the mall.
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    Wait ... you mean I sat in his lap for nothing?
     
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    The "totaldrugstore" sells what appear to be legitimate products, although in probable violation of US law. Two of their products appear to be equivalents of Pfizer Viagra, having the same ingredient in the same dosage form. These are Caverta, manufactured by Ranbaxy Laboratories in India, and Veega, manufactured by CSC Pharmaceuticals in Mumbai. The third product is a quick-dissolving lozenge, which is therefore different from Pfizer's Viagra, and comes from an unknown source.

    None of these products is FDA approved, nor are the factories where they are made subject to FDA quality audits or GMPs (good manufacturing practices). Consider this before putting someting in your body. If I were to use one of these products, I would lean toward the factory in India, as it appears to be a well-known manufacturer, and makes information freely available.
     
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