Viagra: effects and risks


Viagra

Originally known as antihypertensive drug Sildenafil triggered under the name Viagra from a second sexual revolution. Although the preparation did not have the desired effect as a blood pressure medication, but as an adverse effect on the improvement of the erectile ability of the subjects on. A drug for erectile dysfunction, colloquially called impotence, was found.

The blue tablets became a huge deal for the manufacturer Pfizer. With Viagra alone, the pharmaceutical company worldwide converts $ 1.7 billion annually. Meanwhile, there are other preparations with the same effect, it contains the active ingredients Tadalafil (trade name Cialis) or Vardenafil (trade name Levitra). Quite new on the market is a fourth active ingredient called avanafil.

These drugs inhibit a specific enzyme that usually controls the expansion of cavernosal vessels. The active ingredients are therefore also called PDE-5 inhibitors. Because they ensure that the smooth muscle cells in the penis relax, so take up more space. In conjunction with tight surrounding connective tissue, the pressure in the penis increases and the outflow of blood is diminished. It comes to erection.

Healthy libido

Anyone who believes that taking Viagra alone would lead to an erection is mistaken. “If you simply swallow the tablet and then continue to write e-mails, for example, nothing will happen,” explains Dr. Matthias Mahn of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. “Sexual stimulation is needed first, and Viagra only enhances the blood flow effect, which ideally leads to a visible erection.”

PDE-5 inhibitors are therefore ineffective in erectile dysfunction caused by nerve damage. Even if there are circulatory disorders, they can not be used. Other contraindications can be determined by a doctor after a thorough examination. Medications like Viagra should be taken only after a doctor’s prescription.

Duration of effects of Viagra

The highest efficacy occurs with the drugs approximately one hour and ten minutes after ingestion. Thereafter, the effect decreases continuously. In some patients, however, the effect lasts even five hours after taking Cialis, Levitra or Viagra for an adequate erection.

The “potency pill” also becomes a lifestyle product

In our highly sexualized society, male sexual performance is easily equated with masculinity. Thus, Viagra also sells very well as a lifestyle product. The policy even excluded the potency pills in 2004 by law from the drugs. The cash registers take no more cost. Since then, erectile dysfunction has been seen by policy-makers as being less in need of treatment than overweight or hair loss. That’s no problem for the pharmaceutical companies. Because the clientele does not hold this: The demand for power resources is increasing continuously.

Significant health hazards due to fake sexual enhancers

Out of shame or cost reasons, many men try to bypass medical practices and pharmacies. For four Viagra tablets, patients have to pay up to 50 euros in the pharmacy. Many people buy sexual enhancers on the internet. However, according to a study by the central laboratory of German pharmacists in Eschborn every second drug that is ordered on the Internet, fake.

This poses a significant health risk for users, such as Dr. med. Mona Tawab makes it clear: “There is basically no good fake, because they are made unchecked.You have to distinguish between two types of counterfeits, some of which are very similar to the original.The active ingredient is incorporated therein, but in part in lower doses But there are also counterfeits from backyard productions that incorporate varnishes, and taking them can be very dangerous or even life-threatening. ”

The pharmacist also warns against herbal supplements, which are touted as a harmless sexual enhancer. “We have been able to detect synthetic chemicals that have not been declared in it, and the great thing is that these herbal dietary supplements can contain the Viagra ingredient in much higher dosages than the usual tablets, which of course is extremely dangerous.”

What good trade Viagra promises is also registered by customs at Frankfurt Airport. For almost two years now, the investigators have been using a specially trained beagle to combat drug smuggling. In the meantime, the business with anabolic steroids and potency supplements from the internet is almost as productive as the drug trade. In 2013 alone, the Frankfurt customs ensured more than one million tablets. Black market value: a good twelve million euros.