Viagra is, of course, the best known erectile dysfunction treatment on the market. The revolutionary drug, which contains the active ingredient sildenafil, was first released nearly 20 years ago. Now no longer patented, Viagra has been joined on the market by other impotence medications, enabling users to gain and maintain a firm erection during intercourse.

Long established as a remedy for those people wishing to remain sexually active through middle age and into more senior years, Viagra and its fellow erectile dysfunction treatments have nevertheless become popular with younger individuals seeking added reassurance and confidence in the bedroom.

But as the number of people taking impotence drugs increases, so does the trade in illegal and counterfeit medications. Indeed, it has been estimated that between 2015 and 2016 as much as £11 million of fake erectile dysfunction drugs were seized in the UK. This represents the largest haul ever seen.

This is even more concerning when we consider the side effects that have been associated with these unregulated, unreliable and dangerous drugs. Recorded side effects include visual problems, fainting, dangerous reductions in blood pressure and heart problems.

While pharmacists have been quick to warn that Viagra, generic sildenafil or any other impotence medication should not be treated as a recreational drug to be purchased on any street corner, this doesn’t appear to be stemming the tide of fake drugs coming into the UK.

Just a quick search online reveals a huge number of adverts promoting improved sexual performance from sites that are in no way regulated or representative of the medical profession. It is hardly surprising then that seizures of counterfeit Viagra have revealed pills to be comprised of nasties such as chalk, detergent and talcum powder among others.

Needless to say that as a prescription medication Viagra should only be purchased from a registered UK pharmacy and taken only with guidance from a pharmacist or doctor. Never trust the appearance of a medication as this can easily be imitated by those wishing to sell fake products on the black market.

Taking counterfeit pills is dangerous because such pills will not have been through the same strict and thorough safety tests that all licensed medication must go through. And without consulting a medical professional those taking such pills may be putting their health in danger in the event that they have any underlying problems such as pre-existing blood pressure issues or are exceeding recommended dosage.

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