Generic Viagra Gets FDA OK

Teva's sildenafil citrate, a generic version of Pfizer's Viagra, approved by FDA

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Beth Bolt, RPh

(RxWiki News) The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first generic version of Viagra (sildenafil citrate) for use in the United States.

The newly approved generic sildenafil citrate tablets, marketed by Teva Pharmaceuticals, have been approved in several European countries for a few years.

Pfizer markets brand name Viagra in the US. As a result of a litigation settlement, Teva will be allowed to launch a generic version of Viagra in the United States on December 11, 2017.

Sildenafil is approved to treat erectile dysfunction, a condition in which a man cannot get or maintain an erection that is sufficient for satisfying sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction can be the result of several factors, which include heart disease, older age, depression and cigarette use.

Sildenafil works to improve blood flow to the penis, which can result in improved erections.

Potential side effects of sildenafil include prolonged erection, low blood pressure, abnormal vision, nausea and rash. Talk to your doctor if you experience any worrisome adverse reactions while taking sildenafil.

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Review Date: 
March 20, 2016
Last Updated:
March 23, 2016