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The weird and wonderful history of Sildenafil

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Sildenafil is a medicine to treat adult men with erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sex. It is common in men at any age and is usually caused by a number of reasons such as stress, anxiety, tiredness, drinking too much alcohol and even smoking.
Sildenafil is the generic version of Viagra, it works by increasing blood flow to the penis. Sildenanfil can also sometimes be used to treat pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension is when you have high blood pressure in the blood vessels that carry blood to your lungs. Sildenafil works by relaxing and widening the blood vessels in your lungs.

“Unexpected discovery”

The unexpected discovery of Sildenafil as a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) is one the most intriguing stories and became the best-selling drug treatments of all time. In 1998 Pfizer was conducting trials in UK to see how sildenafil worked as a cardiovascular drug and whether it had the ability to lower blood pressure. However, accidently during the trials they found Men to approve the drug by showing long lasting erections. With this opportunity, the FDA approved sildenafil as a treatment for impotence. In the United Kingdom, you can now readily buy sildenafil online from online chemists. 

The taboo of marketing Viagra

Erectile dysfunction had a stigma and was rarely discussed amongst men or to their doctors. When Viagra was launched in 1998, Pfizer decided to approach Bob Dole the American politician and make a Viagra AD to get people opening up more about their intimacy problems. Things quickly soon changed and discussions on ED began to normalise. It also made the cover of Time Magazine known as “The Potency Pill”. 
Years on, men all around the world are more open to buying Viagra online and talking about erectile dysfunction with their partners. Viagra is advertised now on different platforms such as social media, tv and internet. Information on erectile dysfunction is readily available online.

Recreational Use of Viagra

Over the years, the name Viagra, has been well recognised in the American culture and now all around the world. Millions of sales are made each year treating erectile dysfunction. But the question remains has this led to recreational use? .
There are many reasons why there is such a belief that Viagra increases the desire to have sex, improves sexual performance or allows a man to indefinitely keep an erection at all times. A study was conducted to look at press statements, in 2011, the top searches on the internet was the phrase “buy Viagra”. When Pfizer Global Security looked deep into these searches they found that 80% of the pills were counterfeit or did not contain any active ingredient sildenafil.


Buying viagra (sildenafil)
 from an untrustworthy source could be deemed dangerous. Drugs sold online can be fake, been contaminated with or even have passed its expiry date. However, this is why when purchasing Viagra from an online chemist  in the UK, you should always check if it is GPhC approved.

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