Most ED treatment medicines sold online are counterfeit. Look out for these red flags to protect yourself.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is a medical condition that can cause your sex life to fizzle out overnight. Though it is a common occurrence in older men, there are millions of younger men who are facing the ED conundrum today. ED occurs when the blood flow to the penis is hampered or encumbered in a way that getting and maintain an erection becomes difficult, if not impossible. If the cause of erectile dysfunction lies in underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure or cardiovascular diseases, these conditions need to be treated before specific erectile dysfunction treatment is sought.
Though ED affects up to 30 million men in the United States alone, the truth of the matter is that men often wait for years before consulting their physician. In fact, more than three-quarters of men with ED choose not to seek treatment at all!
ED can be a frustrating and embarrassing problem for a man to talk about, even with his doctor. Walking into a pharmacy and buying ED treatment medicines is also easier said than done. In this situation, most men turn to the World Wide Web where they can buy “authentic” erectile dysfunction medicines in complete anonymity. However, the sad truth is that surveys show that more than 97 percent of online sites selling ED treatment drugs operate illegally, and fail to follow any pharmacy laws and regulations. Some estimates suggest that there are more than 15,000 fake erectile dysfunction treatment selling websites online, which receive more than 13 million hits and serve up over 2 million counterfeit ED tablets per month.
Makers of the miracle blue pill Viagra, Pfizer tested samples of online erectile dysfunction treatment medications in 2011. The researchers found that more than 77 percent of tablets claiming to be Viagra were, in fact, counterfeits and totally fake.
While the fake pills resemble popular erectile dysfunction treatment options such as Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis, the resemblance is only skin-deep, or in this case, coating-deep. Not only do the counterfeit pills not contain any worthwhile ingredient, but they were also found to contain powdered wallboard, rat poison, blue printer ink, floor wax, lead paint, and even boric acid. Furthermore, these drugs are most likely made in factories that do not follow any prescribed safety and health regulations.
Health experts who have tested these proliferating online counterfeit pills have found that there are little to no active ingredients in these pills. In tablets like Viagra, the active ingredient sildenafil has to be present in the right quantity and form. Pfizer’s search found that approximately 30 to 50 percent of the Viagra masqueraders had little or no traces of sildenafil, making the tablet useless for men seeking an ED cure.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), men hoping to get “dietary supplements with natural ingredients” to solve their ED problem should steer clear of buying such supplements online (list of known potentially harmful “natural” supplements). FDA’s Internet and Health Fraud Team found that more than 1/3rd of these “natural” supplements contained undisclosed prescription drug traces of sildenafil (Viagra’s active ingredient) and vardenafil (Levitra’s active ingredient). These undisclosed ingredients may cause serious side effects in users, and may interact with other drugs you are consuming in a highly dangerous manner.
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