Viagra, a drug that was originally developed in the UK to help with hypertension, is now a popular name-brand drug marketed by a United States’ company that helps men with erectile dysfunction. It is a blue, diamond-shaped pill that is taken by mouth and aids in achieving or sustaining an erection with sexual arousal. This drug is sometimes taken recreationally, though it is designed specifically for men with erectile dysfunction issues and is often still prescribed as a medicine aiding in hypertension. In order for Viagra to be effective, you need to take the pill for up to one hour before sexual activity. It does not cause erections on its own, or serve as protection against STDs and pregnancy. Only one pill should be taken within 24 hours.
Unlike some other countries who have recently shifted in making Viagra available without a prescription, in South Africa, you need a prescription in order to purchase this medicine. With a prescription, the product is available for purchase online through various medicinal market sites. Depending on your insurance and prescription, you can have the product delivered from 1-3 months supplies at a time. Because prescriptions are needed, prices will vary from $25.00-$50.00 USD. As with other medicine, you can always pick up the prescription at your nearest pharmacy, again paying the typical copayment amount for a standard medicine.
A couple problems men are experiencing in obtaining prescriptions for Viagra, are that many men are too embarrassed and ashamed to discuss their issues of erectile dysfunction with their doctors. For some men, erectile dysfunction leads to anxiety issue that will cause most men to avoid seeing a doctor about their concerns.
Another problem men are experiencing with obtaining prescriptions for Viagra are that most prescriptions are for a small amount (about 4 pills at a time) which is leading many men to the black market to buy Viagra. Here, men can buy large quantities of the product that seems to fit better with their personal lives and their partner’s life, as well as remain disguised and without explanation to the seller.
Some of the side effects of Viagra are headaches, impaired vision, sensitivity to light, indigestion, muscle pain and nasal congestion. In most extreme cases side effects of Viagra are heart attack, hearing loss and painful long-lasting erections. A consultation with a doctor is required before taking Viagra to review any allergies and understand the risks. Depending on any conditions you may already experience, a dose may need to be adjusted in order for the drug to work alongside other medications without any real negative side effects.
I am medical practitioner from Cape Town. My professional interest: new treatments of erectile dysfunction.