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The Dangers of Counterfeit Viagra

Posted in Erectile Dysfunction 23 Feb, 2011

Faking it: a good idea? It depends what you’re referring to. Certainly when it comes to medications, there is no question – genuine is always best.

Counterfeit medications not only fail to work in the majority of cases; they can also be highly dangerous. Yet every week, criminals attempt to smuggle fake meds between national borders, in the hope of selling them on, usually either on the street, or online through websites with dubious reputations.

Newspapers are constantly reporting cases where counterfeit medications have been seized by authorities. Just this weekend over in America, officials at JFK Airport – one of New York City’s main entry points – seized almost 20,000 fake Viagra tablets. These medicines had a street value of more than $220,000. Cases like this demonstrate just how lucrative the trade can be. But consumers who buy into these scams get a raw deal. Tests, carried out by border authorities in New Zealand, have shown that counterfeit Viagra tablets sometimes contain sawdust, chalk, coal and even bird droppings. Even if fake tablets to do contain Viagra’s active ingredient sildenafil, it may be in such as high quantity as to be dangerous; or there may be too little to take effect.

So how can you be sure that you aren’t buying fake Viagra? Rule number one: only buy Viagra when you have been prescribed the drug by a doctor. This could be a prescription you’ve been given following an in-person consultation, or one you’ve obtained through a legitimate, trusted website like 121doc that offers an online consultation service with authorised doctors. Rule number two: check that the Viagra logo is in place, that the shape and texture of the tablets are correct, and that the box they come in has the official Viagra logo on the box.

Ultimately only genuine, branded Viagra (or Cialis, or Levitra) is clinically tested and approved to treat erectile dysfunction: anything else and you could be putting your health on the line.

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