What’s the difference between Viagra and Viagra Connect?

Viagra vs Viagra Connect: which is better?

Chemically, there’s nothing different between Viagra Connect and the well known erectile dysfunction medicine Viagra. They are both made up of the same active ingredient sildenafil citrate, a medicine which was originally trialed as a treatment for chest pain and high blood pressure.

By a stroke of luck, it was found to be rather ineffective and what was originally a side effect - getting more erections than usual - turned into the product’s main selling point. Viagra is also sometimes supplied as its generic name Sildenafil at a lower cost.

The word Viagra doesn’t actually mean anything - it’s made up by Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company who own the brand. At the time they believed that medicines starting with a V sounded more powerful and would sell more. It went on to make billions.

Viagra, Viagra Connect and Sildenafil all come with exactly the same warnings and side effects and they contain the exact same active ingredient. There are other ED medicines you can take if sildenafil citrate isn’t right for you.

So, what’s the difference between Viagra and Viagra Connect?

There are two tiny differences between Viagra and new Viagra Connect. The biggest is that Viagra Connect is only available as a 50mg dose, as this is the dose that works best for most men. On the other hand, prescription Viagra is also available as a 25mg or 100mg dose. The second difference is that Viagra Connect has V50 printed on one side of each tablet, whereas Viagra reads VGR followed by 25/50/100 dependent on the dose.

Why was Viagra Connect created?

Due to the little blue pill costing so much, a huge black market for the medicine grew. It’s believed that around 90% of all medicines sold illegally are pretending to be Viagra, and that around 77% of online Viagra sales are counterfeits.

And it’s not just that people are being sold weak doses or placebo pills - sometimes there are dangerous chemicals in these fakes, like blue printer ink, brick dust, chalk or talcum powder. Even those fakes which do contain the right ingredient can be dangerous, due to being made in unsanitary conditions, inconsistent doses of the active ingredient, or unsafe storage conditions.

It wasn’t just price that was making people buy fakes. Although the stigma around erectile dysfunction has been reduced since the potency pill was born, some men still feel too embarrassed about the condition to make an appointment with their doctor to get a prescription. This was leading to the health dangers of internet purchases.

To combat this, Viagra Connect was made available in the UK in April 2018. Now you can get Viagra, as Viagra Connect, over the counter after speaking to your pharmacist. They’ll just ask you a couple of questions about your general health and any other medicines you’re taking to deem if it’s safe and appropriate for you to take Viagra.

Viagra Connect gave us the opportunity to offer an online subscription service so you can get ED treatment delivered direct and discreetly to your door. Simply answer the medical questions in our chatbot and we’ll deem if Viagra Connect is right for you.

Content Marketing Officer
Content Marketing Officer
Libby Mayfield

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