Saturday, September 1, 2012

Beware of Fake Viagra

If you have a computer, you have certainly seen the many ads for on-line pharmacies where you can get just about any medication mailed to you.   Beware of fake Viagra (sildenafil).   According to researchers at the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine, they reported an analysis of tablets purchased from 22 different websites.  They found 77% of the samples were counterfeit and contained only between 30%-50% of the levels of active ingredient.  Some were adulterated with dangerous chemicals.

None of these phony websites required a prescription and 91% offered "generic Viagra" which the FDA has not yet authorized.  The fastest growing drug class in the world is counterfeit medications and it isn't just Viagra.

Not all on-line pharmacies are crooks.  Some Canadian and UK pharmacies deliver a quality product for a fraction of the price. They require authorized prescriptions from the doctor.  But if you see something that is too good to be true...it is.  Not true that is.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I bought some Advil (ibuprofen) in Mexico and suspected it was fake as it didn't work like the Advil I was used to. Thanks for another buyer beware tale.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the warning, Toni. Is there any evidence that women could benefit by using viagra?

An old reader from Beantown.

-Rich

robert turner said...

Thanks for the knowledge given about the Sildenafil citrate. Keep providing the information of Sildenafil citrate as much as possible.

Toni Brayer, MD said...

Hey, Rich: We go a long way back to when I was a new blogger. Glad to know you are still around.

To answer your question...Many have hoped and tried to make the case for Viagra and women. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to do much. It works by blocking an enzyme that causes blood to leave the penis. More blood = erection. Studies using Viagra on women have shown little benefit. It does not help libido (as it does in men). The benefit from increased genital blood flow is minimal, if at all, in women.

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