Viagra: A Decade Later

No people are happy with everything about their bodies; they all want to change some aspect of it to increase their self esteem. One of the greatest reasons for a loss of self esteem in men is the inability to maintain a sexual relationship. Each day medical discoveries are made that correct problems in our bodies. However, the vast majority don’t receive even a fraction of the attention for the public and the media that Viagra did when it was first released. The storm of controversy that surrounded the release of the drug had a lot to do with the nature of its effects and side effects. Many people believed that to spend such a large amount on developing a drug that served that purpose.

Viagra was first released to the public 10 years ago and has become a far more accepted item, but the aura of controversy has never left it. For many of the people that make use of it, it has psychological effects as well as physical effects. The loss of self esteem that might accompany an inability to maintain sexual intercourse is no longer a problem. The seediness that surrounded the drug has diminished as it has become more accepted everywhere. There will always be some hesitation about walking into a shop and buying it. This has been circumvented by many men who use the internet to source and order Viagra online.

The uses of Viagra have greatly expanded in the last decade from merely treating impotence to being beneficial in cases of pulmonary hypertension and other life threatening conditions. There is still controversy whenever the drug is used for the first time for a purpose for which it was not designed. This can be attributed to the side effects that are attributed the Viagra. These side effects, including drop in blood pressure lead to a large amount of publicity being given to a few deaths where people were discovered to be using Viagra. The interaction of the drug with other drugs can often be the cause of the severe symptoms.

As with all other drugs you are told to see a doctor before consuming it, but many people are too embarrassed to do so, but still want to use it. This is one of the other reasons why the drug is often bought online. This can lead to people using Viagra who possibly should not be and can lead to an increased number of people experiencing severe or even fatal symptoms. This can be counteracted by consulting a medical professional on line before using Viagra, that way you can benefit from the advice without needing to undergo the embarrassment of a physical meeting.

Beware The Pitfall Of Buying Viagra Over The Web

Men buying Viagra over the internet could be putting themselves at increased risk of heart attacks or other serious side-effects, British scientists warn.

A group of scientists have analysed samples of Viagra sold on the web and found some of the anti-impotence pills contained different components or less of the active ingredient than the authentic top-selling drug made by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc.

“On our initial estimate, around half of those Viagra samples could be counterfeit,” Dr Nic Wilson, of the University of London, told the British Pharmaceutical Conference.

Viagra, which works by allowing more blood-flow to the penis during sexual arousal, is a lifestyle drug which is widely available on the internet and major targets for counterfeiters. With impotence, or erectile dysfunction (ED), affecting about 152 million men worldwide, there is a huge market for the treatment. It is estimated that half of all men over 40 experience some degree of ED, which increases with age.

The bogus drugs were branded and labelled Viagra and came in identical packaging to the real thing. The scientists are not sure whether wrong components in the bogus pills are harmful, but at the very least it is highly probable the fakes will not work. If the counterfeiters get the dose wrong and the bogus pills contain too much of the active ingredient, sildenafil, it could be dangerous.

The scientists behind the study had the following comment:

“If you go to a site that looks a bit wonky, they are selling it cheap and you’ve got no address or idea where they are based, you are chancing it.”

A technique called near infrared (NIR) microscopy which provides a more detailed picture of what is in a tablet and its active ingredients to separate the fakes from the real thing.

There are a few UK sites which are legitimate and these include The Online Clinic, FirstMed and Health Express. Any site that offers you the medication prior to an online consultation with a qualified medical practitioner should be avoided.

Why Buying Prescription Medicines Online is Not a Good Idea

Online Pharmacies are not legal in most civilized countries. There are very good reasons why this is so and it is not just a case of “control” or of big brother keeping an eye on you. Here are just a few reasons why online pharmacies in general can be bad for your health. I will return specifically to Viagra later.

– Most prescription medications need the input of a health care profession if they are not to be abused. Often, simple lifestyle changes can render the use of medications obsolete. However, lifestyle change requires human effort. It is so much easier to buy online than it is for example to loose weight, take more exercise, stop smoking or talk to your lover about your erectile dysfunction.

– Prescription medications need to be taken in the proper dose and in a prescribed manner. Otherwise, they are open to abuse and can be damaging or addictive. Sleeping tablets are a good example of harmful medication when not controlled. Online Pharmacies offer no such control.

– Online pharmacies are uncontrolled and uncontrollable. Therefore no assurances can be given that product is in fact what it says it is on the package. Generic or worse still, totally fake tablets or capsules can be dispensed. You simply have no way of knowing what is or is not what you hope it is.

– But even more worrying than this is the possibility of lethal contamination. There are on record cases of where active ingredient or excipients have, wittingly or unwittingly, found their way into spurious pharmaceutical products with fatal consequences.

These serious reservations apply to all medications purchased from Online Pharmacies. However, in the case of Viagra and other erectile dysfunction treatments, there are additional pitfall and dangers that are particularly worrying. I can only touch on a few of these here but this should give you an idea:

– Viagra is now the biggest selling online pharmaceutical in the world.

– Not all, or even most, erectile dysfunction requires Viagra to fix it.

– Viagra is now widely used as a ‘recreational drug’ in the mistaken belief that it improves erections where no dysfunction exists. If it were not for internet selling this situation would not have evolved.

– Taken in this way Viagra can actually CAUSE erectile dysfunction by allowing for a ‘performance anxiety’ situation to develop. Performance anxiety is the commonest cause of erectile dysfunction that there is.

– Much erectile dysfunction is not in fact fixed by using Viagra or Cialis. However, the self-medicating may not realize this and be inappropriately driven to depths of despair when these drugs fail to work. I see this all the time in my practice.

Normally I am all in favor of patient’s autonomy and of people taking charge of their own illnesses. I am not in principle opposed to sensible self-medicating and self-care. People cannot go running to their doctor or drugstore with every little sniffle and sneeze. Indeed, I once argued for the free availability of the “morning after” pill as a means of reducing abortion demand. But Online Pharmacies? I think not and I hope that after reading this you might agree with me. Erectile dysfunction is a classical case in point.