Is Generic Viagra Safe?

Brand-name Viagra® (sildenafil citrate) has been approved as a safe and effective medication for treating erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence. At this time, a generic version is not available in the United States because a patent prevents this. This patent is expected to expire within the next several years. Provided there are no outstanding lawsuits or legal settlements, a generic version of Viagra would likely start being produced after the patent's expiration.
 
Although there is no approved generic version, several companies claim to sell "generic Viagra." However, these medications do not have approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Therefore, these so-called generic products may be fake, substandard, and unsafe.
 
To ensure a safe and effective treatment process, the best thing to do is continue treatment with brand-name Viagra as your healthcare provider recommends. He or she can advise you as soon as a generic version is available.
 
(Click Viagra and Generic Viagra to learn more about why current so-called generic versions of Viagra are not safe, when the patent for Viagra is expected to expire, and the difference between "generic names" and "generic versions" of drugs.)
 
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