Erectile Dysfunction Home > Generic Cialis

Cialis is currently protected by a patent that prevents any generic versions from being manufactured. However, once the patent for the drug expires in 2016, several companies likely will start manufacturing a generic Cialis. Before then, be wary of any company claiming to have a generic version of this drug. It may not be what the company claims.

Is a Generic Version of Cialis Available?

Cialis® (tadalafil) is a prescription medicine that is licensed for treating erectile dysfunction (ED). It is also approved for treating enlarged prostate symptoms. It is manufactured by Eli Lilly and is currently protected by a patent that prevents any generic Cialis from being manufactured. Yet, if you search the Internet for "generic Cialis," you may find a number of companies selling it. The fact is that these medicines could be fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous. You should not buy any generic Cialis until there is an approved generic version available.
 

When Will Generic Cialis Be Available?

The first patent for Cialis expires in 2016. This is the earliest date that a generic form of Cialis could become available. However, other circumstances could extend the exclusivity period beyond 2016. This could include such things as other patents for specific Cialis uses or lawsuits. Once Cialis goes off-patent, several companies will likely begin manufacturing a generic Cialis drug.
 

Is Tadalafil a Generic Cialis?

No -- tadalafil is the active ingredient in Cialis, not a generic version of it. Although people often refer to a drug's active ingredient as its "generic name," it is actually different than a generic version of it. In order for there to be a generic version of a medicine, the original medicine must have gone off-patent, and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.
Written by/reviewed by:
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
Last updated/reviewed:
List of references (click here):
Other Articles in This eMedTV Presentation
Advertisement


Topics & Medications

Quicklinks

Related Channels

eMedTV Links
Copyright © 2006-2018 Clinaero, Inc.

eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.

This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.