When choosing a quality ED medication, you may feel confused by the way the active ingredient is listed: sometimes it is written that a drug contains sildenafil, while at other times you may see “sildenafil” citrate on the label. In fact, we get quite a few questions from our customers who want to know: is there any difference between sildenafil citrate and just sildenafil?
It is easy to get confused here. Indeed, the two are different chemicals, but only one of them is used in ED drugs – sildenafil citrate. However, its name is often shortened to just sildenafil, giving rise to many misunderstandings.
Here is the formula of sildenafil:. As you can see, it contains 22 atoms of carbon, 30 atoms of hydrogen, 6 atoms of nitrogen, 4 of oxygen, and 1 of sulphur. It is a complex organic molecule. In order to obtain sildenafil citrate, we have to add citric acid, or C6H8O7. Even if you are new to chemistry, you can do this fun and simple exercise: add up respective coefficients of each element (22+6 for carbon and so on), and you will get C28H38N6O11S. Now, that is the formula for sildenafil citrate. (And if you want to get deeper into the chemistry of it all, see here pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Sildenafil_citrate).
It is sildenafil citrate that you find in ED drugs like Viagra. So why do we often see just “sildenafil” written on the package? Well, it is just for brevity’s sake, so that people can remember the name of the active ingredient.
So here is the answer to our question: there is a difference from the point of view of chemistry, but the active ingredient is always the same, even though it can be written in two different ways.
Sildenafil vs Viagra
Another question that we are often asked is: what is the difference between Viagra and sildenafil citrate? Once again, confusion is rife. In fact, while minor additional ingredients (responsible for the pill’s colour, for example) can vary between Viagra and other ED drugs, they all share the active ingredient: sildenafil citrate, which is found in the same doses across the wide range of brand-name and generic ED drugs offered by major online pharmacies, such as Smart Canadian Pharmacy. Inactive ingredients may include salts of calcium, magnesium, etc. – nothing that could hurt you or even affect you in any way. So the answer to our question is: the only possible difference is in the inactive ingredients; the sildenafil citrate content is the same, and so is the effect.
Pills vs Jelly
If you follow the latest developments on the ED drug market, you may have noticed the emergence of the so-called sildenafil oral jellies. We receive quite a lot of messages from customers who want to know the difference between sildenafil citrate oral jelly and sildenafil tablets. In fact, the difference is a matter of taste – literally. Sildenafil citrate sold in the form of oral jelly is available in a range of flavours: strawberry, banana, chocolate, and so on. But it contains the same 100 mg of the active component, has the same effect and the same half-life within the body, it can produce the same side effects; there is really no difference in terms of the desired effect – strong and reliable erection. Be it generic sildenafil citrate (read our guide), jelly, or a brand-name drug, they should all be taken once a day.
At Smart Canadian Pharmacy, sildenafil citrate is available in form of oral jelly as Viagra and Kamagra:
Whichever form you choose, remember that sildenafil citrate is a safe but strong medication (something you can easily forget about if taking it as strawberry-flavoured jelly, for example). It works by blocking the enzyme PDE5, which allows to release nitric oxide in the corpus cavernosum of the penis, relax the thin smooth muscle and allow the blood to fill the penile tissues, producing an erection. In the process, PDE5 inhibitors interact with many physiological systems in the body. That is why it is important to stick to safe doses. Most probably you will not experience any side effects. However, make sure not to combine sildenafil citrate in any form with alcohol or hypotension medication: the combined effect can lower your blood pressure to dangerous levels. Do not take sildenafil citrate together with recreational drugs and do not eat grapefruits or grapefruit juice on the same day with sildenafil, since it can alter its breakdown pattern in the body.
We hope to have answered your questions about the difference between sildenafil and sildenafil citrate. If you would like any other clarifications on the subject of ED drugs, simply write to us (smartcanadianpharmacy.com/contacts.html) – Smart Canadian Pharmacy technicians will happy to reply.