Counterfeit Viagra And What To Look Out For 

Erectile dysfunction, also known simply as ‘impotence’, has known physical and psychological causes. It is believed to affect around half of the men between the ages of 40 and 70, yet despite such high prevalence, it is a condition that sufferers often feel embarrassed to acknowledge and seek support for.

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Viagra itself is the branded version of the drug Sildenafil. It is produced by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, who also run a counterfeit testing lab that has identified counterfeits in 111 countries. Not only is counterfeit Viagra often less effective, it is also extremely dangerous as it has not gone through the same rigorous process of drug testing as the real product. Pfizer has reported that counterfeit Viagra can contain amphetamine, more commonly known as ‘speed’, and/or blue printer ink, a substance known to be toxic to the human body.  Stroke and liver failure are just two of the potential implications that can result from consuming counterfeit Viagra.

The former basketball star Lamar Odam was left fighting for his life after taking unlicensed Viagra, showing just how dangerous the consequences of taking the fake product can be. More than £11m worth of unlicensed erectile dysfunction drugs were seized last year in the UK alone, highlighting the extent of the problem. The differences between fake and real products can often be very subtle, and this article aims to detail warning signs that should help you be able to identify and avoid counterfeit Viagra.

 

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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.

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1) Text

Fake TextAs demonstrated by the image below, there are some key differences regarding the style of the text between real and counterfeit Viagra. The ‘f’ of the Pfizer text engraved into real Viagra doesn’t thin out until near the top of the letter, above the fork.   On the other hand, the ‘f’ of counterfeit Viagra tends to thin out much lower down as depicted by the position of the arrow, below the fork.

Furthermore, be sure to look at the text on the back of the tablet. There you should find the characters ‘VGR’, followed by the strength of the tablet, engraved into the pill. If the characters are missing, this is a sure-fire way of confirming the tablet is a fake. Even if they are present, examine the characters closely. The leg of the letter ‘G’ on real Viagra tablets should be short, whereas the leg on fake tablets is much longer and protrudes further into the ‘G’.

2) Colour 

Viagra tablets should always be light blue, with no colour variation at all on either side. Counterfeit Viagra tablets can have one face that is darker than the other, even though the colour difference is often very slight in such cases.

3) Strength

The standard strengths of Viagra tablets are 25mg, 50mg and 100mg. Any Viagra tablets with strengths that deviate from those listed are counterfeit.

4) Expiration Date

Real Viagra will have a valid expiry date that is clear and easy to read. On the other hand, counterfeit Viagra may lack an expiry date, or it may be obscured by the print on the tablet packaging.

5) No Patient Information Leaflet

Pfizer provides a Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) with every box of Viagra to ensure that any individual wishing to use the product knows how to do so safely. Any Viagra box that does not contain a PIL is therefore likely to be fake.

6) No Prescription Required

prescription-webIt is crucially important that a qualified doctor performs the required medical checks and ensures that Viagra is safe for the patient to take. For example, Viagra should not be taken by an individual who is already taking nitrate drugs, such as Isosorbide. This is due to the risk of the drug combination causing low blood pressure. Doctors and pharmacists are therefore needed to identify any potentially harmful interactions and ensure the patient doesn’t have any medical conditions that may be worsened by Viagra. As aforementioned, a prescription must then be processed before Viagra can be supplied. If the purchaser doesn’t indicate that a prescription is required, then the Viagra they are selling is highly likely to be counterfeit.

Even using the indicators listed above, it can be enormously difficult to identify any clear differences between fake and real Viagra. The sheer amount of fake Viagra produced means that some will have a similar, possibly even identical, appearance to the real product. Perhaps the most important step that you can take to ensure you obtain legitimate Viagra is buying from a trusted seller. Fortunately, you are in the right place to do just that by purchasing your Viagra from Assured Pharmacy. Should you choose to buy from our trusted site, a UK based GMC Doctor will review your preferred treatment and issue a prescription subject to completion of a medical questionnaire. We offer you the choice of buying Viagra or the non-branded version of the drug, ‘Sildenafil’. Both products have been rated at five stars based on over 1200 reviews from users who have purchased them from Assured Pharmacy.

Please speak to our pharmacist or doctor by calling 01625460621 or e-mailing [email protected] if you would like to find out more information or speak to someone in confidence.

 

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References

  1. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Erectile-dysfunction/Pages/Introduction.aspx
  2. https://thecounterfeitreport.com/product/141/Pfizer-Viagra.html
  3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36266826
  4. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3272206/The-fake-Viagra-tablets-linked-stroke-liver-failure-death-herbal-supplements-taken-Lamar-Odom-alarmed-health-regulators-years.html
  5. http://www.detectafake.com/viewProduct/?269621
  6. https://www.drugs.com/imprints/pfizer-vgr-100-1184.html
  7. http://www.rxlist.com/viagra-sildenafil/drug.htm

 

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].