Vizarsin is a brand of Sildenafil, marketed in the UK by Consilient health. It is an oral tablet licensed in the European Union for use in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Because it is a subsequent version of a medicine which already exists, Vizarsin is referred to as a generic medicine.

Vizarsin vs Viagra

What is a ‘generic medicine’?

When a pharmaceutical company begins work on a drug, they will obtain a patent for it.

Medicines are required to go through several stages of testing and development prior to being licensed and released. When a license is given final approval and the drug is released, it will be marketed under a specific brand name by its manufacturer.

The sole rights to produce the drug under this brand name then remain with the manufacturer for a specified period.

A patent typically lasts 20 years from the start of development (so this includes the time it takes to test, perfect and license a drug, which may be around 10 to 15 years alone), but a manufacturer can apply to extend it.

Once the patent finally expires, other manufacturers are legally permitted to produce the drug and market it under different brand names; these are called generic medicines.

Is Vizarsin the same as Viagra?

Generic medicines are required to have clinical properties which are very similar (if not identical) to the branded version. They will contain the same active ingredient as the branded version and usually be available in the same dosage integers.

This means that they will produce very similar (if not exactly the same) results to the original, in terms of how effective they are, and the side effects (if any) they produce.

(The effectiveness of generic and branded medicines is a subject we have discussed in a previous post.)

In some cases, the excipient ingredients of a generic may be different to the branded version. As a result, the form and look of the medicine may also be different.

Like Viagra, Vizarsin contains sildenafil citrate, and is manufactured in 25mg, 50mg and 100mg doses.

However the appearance of the two medicines is different: Viagra is a blue, diamond-shaped pill; whereas Vizarsin is an oblong-shaped white tablet.

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How effective is it?

The active ingredient in Vizarsin is sildenafil, so the summary of product characteristics on the Electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) reports the same clinical efficacy as Viagra:

  • 62% of users taking the 25mg dose noted improvements in their erections;
  • compared with 74% of users taking the 50mg dose;
  • and 82% of users taking the 100mg dose.

Is it cheaper than Viagra?

Usually, yes. The price of Viagra and of generic versions will typically vary according to the pharmacy providing them. However, generic versions of medicines are nearly always cheaper than the branded version.

Where can I buy it?

We do not provide Vizarsin through our service at this time. However, we do offer other brands of sildenafil as a generic medication, including chewable Nipatra tablets; in addition to the branded version itself.

These are also licensed in the UK and have the same clinical properties as Vizarsin.

Page last reviewed:  19/04/2018 | Next review due:  10/11/2019