Buying Viagra Online – How Safe Is It?

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a very common condition affecting over 30 million men worldwide.1 It is the inability to get and maintain an erection. The incidence of this condition increases with age, although it still has a high prevalence in younger men.2 When the symptoms of ED have been present for more than a few weeks it is best to get checked out by a medical professional. Your GP can assess your overall health and try to determine the cause of the ED. Sometimes this condition can be a sign of underlying health problems such as heart disease and can also be associated with diabetes, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed. The GP can diagnose ED and provide an appropriate treatment for your condition.

Another option if you do not want to go to your regular family doctor about this problem, or if this is not convenient for you, is to get the appropriate medication online. This is not simply a case of just buying a medication. Viagra and its generic form, sildenafil, are Prescription Only Medications (POMs) and so cannot be bought; a prescription from a doctor is required. This is, of course, the same for other well known ED medications such as Cialis and Levitra.

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doctorThere are numerous online pharmacies in the UK. These allow you to read and review information on the medication you are wishing to obtain and then have an online consultation with a General Medical Council certified doctor, for example through an online questionnaire. This will then be reviewed by the doctor and if appropriate a prescription for the medication can be issued, and either sent to your preferred pharmacy or dispensed by the company’s pharmacy and delivered to your home.

This process is basically the equivalent of seeing a private doctor, and the medication will require payment. If for some reason the medication is not suitable for you, you will generally be offered alternative medical advice. Another medication may be a better option for you or in some cases, the type of medication may not be suitable at all and so may require you to have an in-depth consultation with your GP to find out what your options are.

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Product Description

How does Viagra and Sildenafil work?

Viagra (Sildenafil) helps men to get and maintain an erection when sexually stimulated and/or excited. The medicine relaxes the blood vessels in the penis which results in more blood flowing to the penis when you are sexually excited.

How do I take it?

You should take Viagra (Sildenafil) approximately 1 hour before planning to have intercourse. Within a window of between 30 minutes and 4 hours after you take the medicine, it will be easier to keep and maintain an erection when you are sexually excited. If you take this medicine after a meal with a high fat content it may take a little longer to start working. This medicine will only work when you are sexually excited. You won’t get an erection just by taking Viagra (Sildenafil).

Dosage

The standard recommended dose for Viagra (Sildenafil) is 50mg and this will be suitable for most people.  If this dose is not effective, you can try 100mg and if 50mg gives you side effects you can also reduce the dose to 25mg tablets.

You must not take more than 100mg daily of Sildenafil/ Viagra. Clinical trials have been conducted in patients taking up to 200mg sildenafil and it was found that ‘doses of 200mg did not result in increased efficacy but did increase the incidence of adverse reactions (headache, flushing, dizziness, dyspepsia, nasal congestion, and altered vision).’

In addition, in patients taking more than 100mg daily, there have been reports of rhabdomyolysis (a breakdown in skeletal muscle tissue the byproducts of which can lead to kidney failure), visual perception changes, vertebral artery dissection (a tear in the artery supplying blood to the brain), heart attacks and aggressive behaviour.

If the 100mg strength doesn’t work for you, there may be alternatives you can try and we recommend that you call us for a free consultation with our pharmacist or doctor to discuss any underlying conditions you may have. We recommend that all men taking medicine for erectile dysfunction have regular tests for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and hormone imbalances. For instance, it may be that by fixing a hormone imbalance such as testosterone, your Viagra medication will be even more effective.

In addition, drug manufacturers do not advise patients to split tablets in half to get the correct dosage as they cannot guarantee that the active ingredient will be distributed evenly throughout the tablet.  For instance, if you cut a 100mg tablet in two, you may find that you get 80mg in one half of the tablet and 20mg in the other half leading to either an overdose (increased risk of side effects) or a suboptimal dose (the medication may not work).

It is important that you choose the correct dose for you. If you wish to talk to our pharmacist or doctor about this, please contact us in the pharmacy on 01625 460621 or email [email protected]

Side Effects

Viagra (Sildenafil) is normally well tolerated, however, side effects can include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

Side effects normally subside after a few hours, however, if you experience a prolonged or painful erection (longer than 4 hours), then you must contact your doctor immediately.

Drug interactions

There are a number of medicines which interact with Sildenafil/ Viagra. For an exhaustive list please see the patient information leaflet (see section below) or call us in the pharmacy to discuss your specific situation. The main drug interactions are listed here:

Recreational drugs such as ‘poppers’ or amyl nitrate
Alpha blockers used for urinary retention or blood pressure problems (eg Flomax or Cardura)
Anti- arrhythmic drugs such as disopyramide
Antibiotics such as erythromycin
Antifungals such as itraconazole
Antivirals such as drugs used to treat HIV
Bosentan
Cobicistat
Calcium channel blockers to treat blood pressure and angina such as amlodipine
Dapoxetine (Priligy – used to treat premature ejaculation)
Grapefruit juice**
Nicorandil
Nitrates
Riociguat
Cimetidine (to treat stomach ulcers)

Please do not take Sildenafil/Viagra if you have taken any of the above drugs within the last 60 days without first consulting with either us in the Pharmacy ([email protected] / 01625 460621) or via email with our doctor [email protected]

**We advise not to take Sildenafil/Viagra with grapefruit juice as the blood concentration of Sildenafil will possibly be increased resulting in side effects.

Patient Information Leaflets

Please click here for the patient information leaflet for Viagra.

For Actavis Sildenafil please see the following leaflets: 100mg, 50mg, 25mg.

Storing Medicines Safely

Please keep your medicine out of the reach of children and store at room temperature.  Unwanted medicine can be disposed of by returning it to any local pharmacy or indeed to us here for us to dispose of it for you.

51 reviews for Viagra & Generic Sildenafil

  1. robert
    5 out of 5

    robert:

    Great service & a great price the best online pharmacy I have used

    • Robbie Toan

      Robbie Toan:

      Thanks Robert for your kind comments, Robbie Toan

  2. David
    5 out of 5

    David:

    Super fast delivery great product great price will be ordering again . Thanks

  3. Philip
    5 out of 5

    Philip:

    Generic tablets work well, highly professional service.

  4. MELVIN
    5 out of 5

    MELVIN:

    This is my first order with Assuredpharmacy and I am very pleased with all processes involved with my purchase. I found the web site clear and easy to use, the prices very competitive, the prescription service very convenient and and efficient, and delivery was “super” quick. I will be using Assuredpharmacy again in the future.

  5. Doug
    5 out of 5

    Doug:

    Only used one as yet did the same as viagra, At last value for money

  6. Sherwan
    5 out of 5

    Sherwan:

    I will order from here in the future, discreet, friendly service and the cheapest on the internet. Also gave me a discount which I can use in the future when ever I want which I will and I’m happy about.

  7. David
    5 out of 5

    David:

    Professional service. Discreet packaging and speedy delivery.

  8. John
    5 out of 5

    John:

    fast service, generic worked a treat

  9. Christopher
    5 out of 5

    Christopher:

    impressed with the fast reliable service of AP – the generic worked perfectly – thanks

  10. frank
    5 out of 5

    frank:

    fast, efficient service and very cheap,,,,would recommend generic compared to branded as it worked completely the same and a lot cheaper.

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If you decide to go through this process to obtain medication for your ED, there are a few things to do to ensure you are going through a legitimate doctor and pharmacy, and therefore be assured of the safety and quality of the medication, and that it is actually what it is being advertised to be. The process should require you to have some form of consultation with a doctor about your current and past health status. If this does not occur you are simply buying a POM which is against the law.

You will also not have been reviewed to ensure that this medication is suitable for you. The way in which Viagra works means that it can cause side effects and interactions with other medications that may make it unsuitable or even dangerous to be used by certain people. If you do not have a consultation with a doctor, you cannot be sure that this medicine will be safe for you. There should be information about the doctor on the website and this should include a GMC (General Medical Council) number, which shows that they are a registered UK doctor.

SafetyOne thing you must be wary of when buying medications privately online is the availability of counterfeit medications. This is a growing trend in recent years. Viagra is one of the most counterfeited drugs worldwide.1 Counterfeit drugs are not just cheap “knock-offs” of legitimate branded or generic medication. They are illegal as they have not received a licence to approve them for sale, and therefore there are no regulatory controls relating to them. You cannot be sure of the quality of the medication, the strength that is actually in it or even that it contains the medication that it says it does.3

They may also contain contaminants or ingredients not listed on the packaging which could be potentially harmful. A study by Pfizer, the manufacturers of Viagra, found many sites selling counterfeit Viagra, and in these they found blue printer ink; amphetamines (speed); metronidazole – an antibiotic which people can be allergic to, and cause side effects such as diarrhoea and vomiting; and overdoses of Viagra.1 This highlights the importance of using a legitimate source to obtain the medication you need.

It is also important not to purchase so-called “herbal Viagra”. This is not a real medication. It has not been approved and there are no controls over its manufacture or sale. Anything claiming to be herbal Viagra may also be fake or unsafe. They could contain anything as no one is regulating them. Anything claiming to herbal may be suggesting that it is a safer alternative but this is not the case. Some of these medications may be contaminated with ingredients which should not be used in humans or even with POMs.

In conclusion, Viagra can be obtained online, through a consultation with a registered doctor to ensure that the medication is safe and suitable for you. Counterfeit Viagra and “herbal” Viagra are usually unsafe versions and may not contain anything to actually treat the symptoms of ED. ED is a legitimate medical condition and so needs a proper medical treatment. It is important not to put yourself at risk by choosing a medication that may be cheaper but is most likely unsafe. Your health is the most important thing, and you must protect it by obtaining your medications legitimately to ensure their safety, quality and that they will treat your symptoms effectively.

 

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References

  1. Pfizer: Viagra https://www.viagra.com/questions Accessed 07.05.15
  2. NHS Choices: Erectile Dysfunction http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Erectile-dysfunction/Pages/Treatment.aspx Accessed 07.05.15
  3. WHO: Counterfeit Drugs http://www.who.int/medicines/services/counterfeit/overview/en/ Accessed 07.05.15

 

Assured Pharmacy is not liable for the currency or accuracy of the information contained in this blog post. For specific information about your personal medical condition, please contact our doctors or pharmacists for advice on [email protected].