Erectol 100mg/50mg Pill Sildenafil Reviews: Product Producing the Same Results as Viagra

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Erectol 50 mg is produced by the company Northia Medicinales found in the country Argentina [1]. The main active pharmaceutical ingredient of the product Erectol is Sildenafil Citrate, which happens to also be the active pharmaceutical ingredient of the brand name for Sildenafil, Viagra. Since the active content of Erectol is patterned with the active ingredient of Viagra, it is also included in the products termed as “generic Viagra”. The results from the generic Viagra products such as Erectol are similar with the results yielded by the actual brand-name product due to the identical active ingredients.

This particular product, Erectol, is available in pill form alone and is available 50 mg and 100 mg pill forms. The active ingredient content of the product Erectol (Sildenafil Citrate) is classified as a PDE-5 (type-5 phosphodiesterase) inhibitor drug [2]. Other drugs included in the same drug category are Tadalafil and Vardenafil, although these drugs were introduced in the market at a much later period. PDE-5 drugs such as Sildenafil Citrate are also known to be effective in the treatment of other medical conditions [3], although Sildenafil products such as Viagra are renowned for their impotence treatment effect.

About Northia

Laboratorios Northia is an Argentinian company based in Buenos Aires [4]. In a nutshell, the company is a “leading” producer of pharmaceutical products, both branded and generic and supplies them to the patient population at an economical price [4]. Most of the 230 products by the company, though, are injectables and antibiotic products [4].

In one source, Northia has 200 employees [4], while on its LinkedIn profile, Northia Employs about 501-1000 employees [5]. There is no information on the exact year of the company’s induction, although its social network profile mentions that the company is on its 50th or so year [5].

Laboratorios Northia, Argentina

Laboratorios Northia, Argentina

The privately-held company is currently one of the leading suppliers of pharmaceutical products to clinics and hospitals around from the local to the national hospital levels in Argentina. Concerning the products of the company, the areas of focus in manufacturing are rheumatology, cardiology, neurology, gastroenterology, infectology, anesthesia, intensive care, coronary care, cardiovascular, and tocogynecology [5].

No information on the Northia’s accreditations was available, though. There was a link for the supposed “website” of the company, but apparently, the link is unreachable and non-functional.

Scientific Studies on Sildenafil

The case of impotence in patients is at times observed comorbid with diabetes. Since it is said that Sildenafil Citrate is able to treat erectile dysfunction in patients regardless of etiology, there were studies examining the effectiveness of the PDE5 inhibitor in patients with erectile dysfunction and concurrent diabetes. One of the studies for the ED condition and diabetes was by Safarinejad in 2004, “Oral sildenafil in the treatment of erectile dysfunction in diabetic men: a randomized double-blind and placebo-controlled study” [6]. The paper aimed to evaluate Sildenafil Citrate’s effectiveness and its safety profile when administered to patients with impotence and diabetes [6]. Safarinejad included 282 diabetic men with erectile dysfunction and randomly assigned them with Sildenafil (144) or placebo (138) and made them take the treatments as needed, within an hour of sexual activity, and for a duration of 16 weeks [6]. Effectiveness is evaluated using the patients’ responses to the IIEF/ International Index of Erectile Function [6]. The results of the study indicated a good response of more than half of the Sildenafil Citrate-treated patients (51% out of 134 patients). According to 59% of the patients reported having at least one successful intercourse attempt, which is more than the 21% for the placebo [6]. Concerning adverse events, side effects were present in the 22% of the patients taking Sildenafil, and the recurrent adverse effect experienced by the patients were headaches, flushing, dyspnea, rhinitis, and cardiovascular effects [6]. The downside to the Sildenafil-treated group was that 4 of the patients had chest pains, with 2 of them with documented myocardial infarctions [6]. It was concluded that Sildenafil Citrate is a “moderately effective” treatment for erectile dysfunction in patients with diabetes [6].

According to the study of Cohen in 2001, there were 240 deaths (in just 7.5 months) linked to the use of Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) as reported by the Food and Drug Administration, and 522 Sildenafil-related deaths in a matter of a year (and a month) proceeding the drug’s release (“Comparison of FDA reports of patient deaths associated with sildenafil and with injectable alprostadil”) [7]. Cohen compared the mortality rates of Sildenafil Citrate and Alprostadil, which are both used exclusively for the management of erectile dysfunction in patients [7]. The comparative study’s result indicated that the casualties for Sildenafil use are profoundly significant than the fatalities determined for Alprostadil use in the patients [7]. Cohen expounded on the possible grounds for the greater significance of the deaths noted for Sildenafil is due to the anticipated health deterioration of the patient population of those treated with the drug, the privation of the renewed sexual practice, but mostly due to the pharmacologic effect of Sildenafil on the patients [7]. The recommendation of the author is more studies on the issue and greater precaution in prescribing the drug to the patients with impotence [7].

Description and Mechanism of Action of Sildenafil

As a PDE5 (type 5 phosphodiesterase) inhibitor, the primary purpose of the drug Sildenafil Citrate is to hinder the effect of the phosphodiesterase enzyme. The PDE5 enzyme acts on the focal nucleotide cGMP/cyclic guanosine monophosphate vital to the initiation of the erectile response in the patients. The role of the cGMP nucleotide is essential in the vasodilation and the smooth muscle cell relaxation in the penile tissue, which leads to the erectile response in patients.

Erectol Effects for Erectile Dysfunction

Patients can expect erectile benefits from the “generic Viagra” products such as Erectol due to the effectiveness of its active pharmaceutical ingredient, Sildenafil Citrate contained in the product. Good results may be anticipated for Erectol, especially for the management of impotence, as the 4-hour effect of the drug is able to help the patients regain their erectile response per use of the product.

However, the drug, Erectol, is just meant for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in patients although the Sildenafil content of the product has several more indications aside from erectile dysfunction.

Recommended Doses and Duration of Therapy

Sildenafil Citrate is only recommended as needed for patients with impotence. The intake of the product should be done at least an hour before the planned sexual activity since there Sildenafil Citrate takes time before instigating the desired effect. It is noteworthy, though, that the patients should have copious sexual stimuli to ensure that the NO/cGMP pathway is activated for the erectile response to take place.

50 mg to 100 mg of Sildenafil Citrate is prescribed at the onset of impotence treatment, but the patients may have recommendations for lower or higher doses depending on their response to the medication. Patients who are able to tolerate the drug well may maintain the current dose prescription, but those who are having inconveniences such as adverse effects or unsatisfactory erectile response may be recommended for dose adjustments.

Side effects and Warnings

Adverse events intermittently observed in patients taking Sildenafil medications are headaches, facial flushing, indigestion, stuffy nose, and nasopharyngitis [6][8]. As for the study on diabetic men administered with Sildenafil, though the drug was effective, cardiovascular symptoms (chest pain and confirmed myocardial infarction) were determined, so patients with diabetes and concurrent erectile dysfunction should take Sildenafil with utmost care [6].

Also, deaths related to the use of Sildenafil Citrate for impotence were determined and 500+ deaths were associated with the utility of the drug only for its first year of release [7], meaning, the drug is not to be meddled with. Patients should follow the prescription instructions scrupulously for safety and ensured the effectiveness of the drug.

Drug Interactions

Several drug groups are known to interact rather dissonantly with Sildenafil Citrate. Such medications are nitrates in all forms (pills, patches, ointments, etc.), medicines intended for high blood pressure, angina, cardiovascular diseases, and others. Besides these, any form or recreational drug (or illicit drug) combinations with Sildenafil Citrate are also prohibited and may cause harm.

Apart from nitrates and illicit drug combinations, other groups of drugs which may interact with Sildenafil Citrate are anti-fungal medications, antiviral medications, antibiotics, antibacterial medications, and other herbal remedies (grapefruit juice). As a general rule, patients should disclose all their meds for their underlying conditions, so that physicians can identify the drugs which can elicit a redundant effect on the patients.

Customer Reviews

As much as we want to present you user reviews for the drug Erectol 100 mg, there were none present on the web. Buyers may be embarrassed to share their Erectol experiences, or Erectol did not have really much information for it due to its less esteem received from the clients. The product has price quotes online, though, and shipping for international clients is available, but it seems that the consumers did not have the time to write their experiences for the drug. There may be a deficit of avenues where the reviews may be aired or maybe the drug isn’t just as preferable for other clients as the other generic Viagra brands present in the market. We can only hope for good results for the drug, however, as there was no news of discontent for the drug or its discontinuation in the market. Although Erectol might be effective, its stark lack of reviews might destroy its reputation.

Price, Available Forms and Dosage

Listings for Erectol 100 mg and 50 mg variants are available on the web, and all of them are listed in Argentina Peso, as the online drugstores are based in the manufacturing country. Here are the prices for the Erectol products:

Erectol Prices

Erectol Prices

The cost of a pill of the 100 mg Erectol is roughly $2.24 each, while the 50 mg variant is roughly $1.60 per pill. These prices are reasonable enough and are affordable for a Sildenafil product since these amounts are generally lower than the brand-name Viagra in the market.

Currently, no advice regarding shipping restrictions are announced, so it is plausible for consumers from the USA, Australia, and Canada to make a purchase for the product. However, since generic Viagra products are still not US FDA approved, the shipments may be intercepted by the customs department, especially in the US. Still, there are buyer reports from generic Viagra patrons in forum sites online which hints at the probability of securing generic Viagra drugs online, although it is prohibited by the drug regulation commission.

Conclusion and Rating

Generic Viagra drugs for impotence are generally effective, so we can assume the same results to be yielded by Erectol 100 mg for erectile dysfunction. Nonetheless, great caution should be exercised for the use of the drug since there are no documented effective or ineffective uses for the medicine online. Due to this dearth or reviews and client feedback for the drug, it may only be awarded a 2 out of 5 rating; yet, if the drug is available in your locality and prescribed by your doctor, then there is no reason for you to refuse the prescription for the drug. Erectol is a less-costly alternative to Viagra, although there is still much reservation for its use due to its unreviewed status.

Reference List

  1. http://drug-info.in/erectol-sildenafil-northia-medicinales/
  2. http://ar.prvademecum.com/producto.php?producto=13898
  3. http://www.medicatione.com/?c=drug&s=erectol&ingredient=sildenafil
  4. http://www.southerncrossgroup.com/investments/detail/18-laboratorios-northia
  5. https://www.linkedin.com/company/laboratorios-northia
  6. https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/f?./temp/~1eAXUn:13
  7. https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/f?./temp/~1eAXUn:14
  8. https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/f?./temp/~1eAXUn:14
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