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Is Viagra in your dietary supplement?

Posted in Erectile Dysfunction 14 Dec, 2010

Ever since Pfizer launched the unique Viagra blue pill into the market in 1998, there have been numerous attempts to adapt the drug, sometimes through unauthorised methods. The main prescription pills used to treat erectile dysfunction contain the following PDE5 inhibitors: sildenafil citrate (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis) and vardenafil (Levitra). In the last 12 months these active ingredients have also been discovered in so called dietary supplements that have been marketed as 100% herbal. The same supplements, which could be easily obtained over-the-counter, did not have any markings on their labels to inform people of the inclusion of compounds such as sildenafil citrate used to treat impotence. By mentioning them on the label the manufacturer would no longer be able to market their medication as a dietary supplement.

The FDA, Health Canada and even Japanese health officials have put a ban on dozens of medications that fall into this category. Some of the products that were recalled even contained an analogue of active ingredients used in impotence pills; some of the more well-known substances are acetildenafil, sulfoaildenafil and hydroxythiohomosildenafil. Viagra can be purchased on prescription only, obtained after a doctor has assessed the individual's health and medical background. Under no circumstances would a patient be administered the established blue pill without this screening process due to the potential side effects of Viagra.

People who buy dietary supplements that do not contain the full list of ingredients are putting their health at risk. For this reason you should always research your product thoroughly if you want to buy Viagra online or ask a consultant about the ingredients if purchasing pills over-the-counter.

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