Often the perception of Viagra can be clouded by the fact that there are hordes of similar products available for people to buy. These products are labeled as generic Viagra or herbal Viagra in order to cash in on the brand recognition that Viagra has. The generic products can often be made with similar ingredients, but the formulations are different to the original product created by Pfizer. The herbal products are often created from completely different ingredients, but are intended to have the same effects as the original products.
Each of these products is competing in the same market as Viagra and in order to increase their market share they trade on the brand of Viagra to make themselves appear more official. They are in fact mostly nothing to do with Viagra in an official capacity, in fact if anything they are products that people are warned about purchasing since they typically have not undergone sufficient testing to prove their efficiency and safety when consumed. The association with Viagra that they have formed within people’s minds often leads people to believe that the harmful effects that they are experiencing are due to Viagra.
In addition to those products which label themselves as Viagra there are also those products which are legitimate products, like Levitra and Cialis. These products are intended to provide users with similar affects to those achieved when consuming Viagra. These products are monitored and tested as stringently as Viagra and should not be confused with those products that pretend to be Viagra. Cialis and Levitra are composed of different active ingredients to Viagra and therefore while the effects are similar they may be experienced in a different manner. This includes longer periods for which the drug is active in the body or shorter periods before the drugs effects are felt after consumption.
There is no denying that adverse side effects can be experiences as a result of taking any official drugs like Viagra or Cialis, but there are always guidelines on exactly what can cause these effects and what can be done to avoid them. The generic versions or herbal alternatives can also cause adverse side effects, but they are far less documented and guidelines are often absent. This provides greater chances of a person experiencing side effects since they will have no idea if the product they are taking has ingredients that are contra-indicated for them. This can often lead to people perceiving Viagra, Cialis or Levitra as being more dangerous than they actually through the name association with these alternative medications.