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Cialis - Generic vs Brand Pills

Which One Should I Take?

The question many men ask regarding ED medications, is which one should I take? Whether you have already discovered your favourite or whether you are just experimenting with different ones, it is important to know whether the cheaper generics are as good as the brand version of the same drug. The price difference between the tablets can be substantial, so it is certainly worth taking the time to do some research.

Cialis Patent

It is interesting to note, that the patent on Cialis by manufacturers Eli Lilly, will expire in November 2017. Which means that the price will drop after that date. The question is, how much cheaper will Cialis be after the expiry of the patent?

Costs of Patented Medication

To answer that question, we do have the benefit of seeing what happened to Viagra when the patent for that medication expired in May, 2014 in Australia. Overnight, the cost of the branded pill plunged due to cheaper generic versions of the same drug (sildenafil) flooding the market. In Australia, the price of brand Viagra went from a staggering AUD 86 for 4 pills to the current price of AUD 14 for 4 pills in 2016.

Comparison of Effectiveness

The other important question is whether or not there is a difference in the effectiveness of generics vs brand Cialis medications. Technically, they are meant to be bio-identical but that is not necessarily the case. Some manufacturers of tadalafil (generic Cialis), may cut costs by deliberately using less of the active ingredient in their medications. It can result in pills that are weaker than indicated on the packaging leading to disappointing results for the person taking them. However, many men taking generic pills are not so concerned about the actual strength of the medication, they are just grateful to find an affordable and safe version. There are others who would never take a generic tablet because they are not prepared to save a few dollars for what they consider to be an unnecessary risk.

The Verdict

The general verdict from my own experiments and many people I have spoken to is that brand Cialis is stronger than the generic version, producing an excellent result for over 36 hours. However, generics still do a very good job, despite not being quite as strong, and when you take tadalafil as often as I do, price does become a determining factor.




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