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Sildenafil over the counter

sildenafil over the counterPfizer, the pharmaceutical company that invented Viagra (sildenafil), has applied to the UK medicines regulator (MHRA) to reclassify it’s erectile dysfunction drug from prescription-only to ‘P’ (Pharmacy) medicine status, allowing pharmacies to sell sildenafil over the counter.

The application concerns sildenafil 50mg only (sildenafil is available in 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg strengths) and will be available in packs of 2 tablets.

The move follows the expiry of the patent for Viagra in 2013, which allowed any drug manufacturer to produce sildenafil (generic Viagra).

The application has support from the pharmacy industry: “Sildenafil is one of the most counterfeited medicines,” said Royal Pharmaceutical Society president Martin Astbury, with many men “resorting to the internet to buy medication”. Read in full

Why it’s important to consult with a doctor before taking Viagra

Doctor taking blood pressure senior manWith all of the publicity surrounding ‘the little blue pill’, it may seem as though you could just borrow one from a friend to help you regain your sex life. But while Viagra is effective, and has relatively few side effects, it is a prescription-only medicine and must be taken under a doctor’s care.

Some patients are not good candidates for Viagra; due to certain medical conditions or other medications they are taking they may be at higher risk of side effects. Erectile dysfunction can be indicative of an underlying health condition that should be treated before considering Viagra, and still other cases of ED are psychological, requiring counselling and therapy instead of medication.

Learn why it is important that Viagra, and all other PDE-5 inhibitors, be taken only under a doctor’s care. Read in full

How long does sildenafil last?

man checking packet of sildenafilOne of the most common questions associated with sildenafil and other PDE-5 inhibitors is how long does it last?

As soon as a potential patient thinks of taking medicine for erectile dysfunction the practical questions come into play:

  • who can take it?
  • what is the drug composed of?
  • when should you take it?
  • how long does it last?

Though specific questions or concerns should always be discussed with a doctor, it never hurts to be informed about any medicine you are thinking of taking. Read in full

Where’s the cheapest place to buy Viagra online in the UK?

Boxes of cheap Viagra in the UKDespite the fact that Viagra lost it’s patent in June 2013 allowing for lower cost generic Viagra called sildenafil (the name of the active ingredient in Viagra) to be licensed and legally available in the UK and many EU countries,  the price of Pfizer branded Viagra has remained high.

For those that can afford it, the Viagra brand provides a sense of confidence that they are using a supposed superior product, even though generic Viagra (sildenafil) is identical in medical terms (although different cosmetically).

Whether branded or generic there are many options to buy treatment for erectile dysfunction in the UK. Read in full

Beware club drugs and Viagra

couple dancing in night clubClub drugs include Ecstasy (MDMA), the ‘date rape drug’ (Rohypnol), Crystal meth or Speed (Methamphetamine), acid (LSD), Special K (Ketamine) and Poppers (amyl nitrates). Increasingly the dangers of these drugs are escalated by taking more than one at the same time.

Typically taken at raves, parties, and clubs, these drugs are used to enhance or distort sensations and perceptions, to feel euphoric, and experience greater enjoyment. They are perceived to increase self-confidence and physical energy.

Of course these drugs are illegal for a reason. They have adverse effects and can be dangerous, even fatal. Problems arise from toxicity due to excessive dose, from interactions, and due to impurities. Illegal drugs are not monitored for quality. Read in full

Doctor and patient reviews of sildenafil

sildenafil reviewsWhen Viagra lost its patent on sildenafil in June of 2013, generic manufacturers were then licenced to produce the active chemical component of Viagra, sildenafil citrate, now commonly referred to as just sildenafil.

As the drug became less expensive, an increasing number of men have been able to use it, and their experiences are of interest to many new patients who have been prescribed sildenafil, or would like to find out more about it. Read in full

Sildenafil vs Viagra: which to choose?

photo of pharmacists comparing viagra vs sildenafilBoth Viagra and sildenafil are widely used to treat erectile dysfunction. In fact, they contain the same active ingredient. Viagra is a brand name for the sildenafil produced and sold by the company Pfizer. Sildenafil is also sold as a generic drug, which is medically identical to Viagra.

History of sildenafil as Viagra

Sildenafil citrate was created in 1989 by British scientists Albert Wood and Peter Dunn as a possible treatment for hypertension and angina; conditions associated with coronary heart disease. In 1991 Dr. Nicholas Terrett, now often referred to as the father of Viagra, was named in the British patent for the drug as a heart medication. And though Pfizer’s early trials of the drug in the 1990s did not prove its efficacy as a heart medication, patients who took part in the clinical trials reported increased erections after taking sildenafil. Separate studies provided more information on the biochemical process that causes erections, which helped scientists understand how sildenafil could enhance the effects of sexual stimulation and open up blood vessels in the penis. Sildenafil was then studied in men with erectile dysfunction, and in 1998 it was approved by the FDA specifically for treatment of ED. Read in full