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Is Using Viagra Recreationally Dangerous?

Viagra Question

I’m in college and have no problem at all getting an erection, but a number of my friends told me about using Viagra recreationally. What’s the point really and what are the dangers of such use, if any?


Answer

Make no mistake, Viagra and the other oral ED drugs were developed to help men who were suffering from varying degrees of erectile dysfunction. They were never intended for recreational use, and this type of misuse can lead to erectile problems down the road.

Recreational users of Viagra expose themselves unnecessarily to the drug’s side effects, some of which can be very serious. Men unwise enough to use Viagra recreationally might also tend to experiment with poppers, which are nitrate-based recreational drugs.

Taking the two together can trigger a potentially life-threatening drop in blood pressure. Becoming too dependent on the erectile support offered by Viagra can eventually erode a man’s self-confidence and his ability to achieve an erection on his own.

Men who might use Viagra recreationally also might be the type to buy Viagra online from unsavoury vendors who are more likely to supply counterfeit drugs than the real thing.

And the downside of counterfeits goes way beyond spending money on a worthless drug because many of these fake drugs contain toxic ingredients used as fillers and colouring agents. Seizures of so-called herbal Viagra have sometimes found that the product contained varying amounts of sildenafil citrate, the drug’s actual active ingredient.

However, in some cases, the amount of sildenafil was too little to be effective, while in others it was so high that it could pose a health risk.

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