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Should we use the generic ones?
questionguy1111 posted:
Are the generic Viagra or Levitra sold on the internet legitimate. I heard the generic version of these sexual enhancement drugs have not come out yet. But I have also found them all over the internet. They all asked for a prescription from the doctor so it seems they are doing it legitimately. Is it advisable to use these generic ones and are they equally effective? I am very curious because their price is much lower than the brand name ones but I am also worried about undesirable side effects. Thank you for the advice.
bbromley88 responded:
hi i work for an insurance company. while most insurance does NOT cover these drugs there are generic versions, and you do need a perscription for these drugs, not sure if you can or would want to buy over the internet but heres the list

*Sildenafil Citrate- Viagra
*Vardenafil- Levitra
*Tadalafil- Cialis

4oSomething responded:
I would be wary of any cheap knock offs sold over the internet. the reason most internet drugs are cheap (and obtained without a prescription ) is because they are either fake, contaminated, or old expired drugs from other countries. They can be anything from useless to dangerous.

Last I heard The patent has not yet expired on viagra, and was due to expire in 2011 so there is no legal "generic" I do not know about the patents on the others, but I doubt they have expired yet either. generics can not be made until patents expire.

I would also be wary of advice from someone who claims to work for an insurance company but thinks prescriptions are called perscriptions.
bbromley88 responded:
your funny I do in fact work for an insurance company blue cross blue shield, im a claims processor. I pay or deny your claims depending on what is or isnt covered. and i'm sitting here looking at a list of impotency drugs that we DO NOT COVER of course i work the federally plan (which means i only work government affiliated claims). and since i just had a multitude of generic versions of levitra that I denied as non covered today than I would have to say that you are WRONG and the generic versions of these drugs are in fact being produced and sold by pharmacies and not just "online"

I just love how this board is all about discrediting peoples advice because of a typo or two, geeze people get a life and grow up.
mhtyler2 responded:
Actually, there are generics available outside the US, and if you go through a reputable Canadian pharmacy you can get them. This drug is extremely expensive, and generic is more than 50 per cent off, but you must be careful and thoroughly research who you buy from.
questionguy1111 responded:
mhtyler2: How to locate a reputable Canadian Pharmacy? Are there any well-known and prestigious ones? Please give advice. Thanks.
bbromley88 responded:
you can get the generic versions anywhere in the U.S. you dont have to go to Canada, talk to your doctor about them. you NEED a prescription

type in the webmd Search box.

Sildenafil (viagra) Vardenafil (levitra) Tadalafil (cialis)

and look at the drug descriptions, the generic versions these impotency drugs are out and available in the U.S.
bbromley88 responded:
thanks Donna I appreciate the kind words.

However, the federal insurnance that I work for does not cover impotency drugs because they are deemed "not a medical necessity" even the brandname impotency drugs are not a payable drug, w/ the plan of bcbs that i am w/.
LoveYorkies responded:
I hear you on the needless discrediting of other people's advice. It has happened to me on more than one occasion and it is very annoying. Everyone has their opinion but apparently some people's opinions are that other people don't know anything. Sigh... anyway, just saying I feel your pain.

Sorry I have nothing for the OP.
LoveMyIssues responded:
I don't get this, bbromley. All those drugs are protected by patent. How can there be legal and legitimate generics available? 40Something's info agrees with what my doctor told me: No generic Viagra until 2011.

Also, I have BC/BS coverage and they cover a little -- not much -- of my ED meds: Only 6 doses a month and only 20% of the cost.
bbromley88 responded:
like i said i work the FEDERAL bcbs program that means the plan you have and the plan i work are two completely different things. unless you are a employee of the governement and in that case i would work the plan that you have but i doubt that since bcbsFEDERAL does NOT cover ED drugs. Im not sure if its EVERY pharmacy that has these drugs or only Veteran Affairs, the only claims i get that have alot of these drugs on them are from Veteran Affairs or VA hospitals so maybe that is why, im not sure.
bbromley88 responded:
VARDENAFIL - ORAL Pronunciation: (var-DEN-ah-fil) Brand Name(s): Levitra got that from webmd, feel free to double check
Cat78fish responded:
From what I've seen, different insurance companies will pay varying amounts on certain drugs and some won't cover some drugs or procedures at all. I know of someone whose doctor said the procedure was medically necessary and the insurance company still wouldn't pay. I do know that bbromley is correct in what is the generic for these different ED meds but there is no way she can know what every insurance company will pay (only the company she works for). This is why it's important to thoroughly look over the info provided by the insurance companies before choosing a company to go with for your health insurance plan. The employer I work for gives us a choice of two or three possible companies to go with for our health insurance needs. They explain the differences to us in a meeting and then we have a few days to go over the information and pick the one that best meets our needs. I think you would be surprised at the stark differences between each company.


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