Top Risks of Online ED Medication and How to Avoid Them

Online purchases of illicit PDE-5 inhibitors such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra), and “all natural” male enhancement supplements have skyrocketed in the last decade. This is for many reasons – ED medications can be very expensive and many men find the issue embarrassing, which often leads to avoiding a doctor’s appointment.

However, these purchases can lead to life-threatening complications. Not only are these drugs not regulated or monitored, but studies have also shown that many contain contaminants or excessive doses of the purchased active ingredient.

According to a recent medical journal from Translational Andrology and Urology, only 4% of online pharmacies (often located overseas) were in compliance with the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites Program. Online ED medications are unregulated, leading to the possibility of dangerous health risks and contraindications. These risks lead not only to medical journals speaking out on the subject but also to the FDA to releasing the following warning: “Men looking online for ‘dietary supplements’ to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) or enhance their sexual performance should beware: these products may contain prescription drugs or other undisclosed ingredients that can be harmful.”

What Makes Online ED Medication So Harmful?

Unlike legitimate pharmaceuticals, illicit and counterfeit PDE-5 inhibitors are not monitored or regulated. Often, these medications do not contain the active ingredients they claim to, and worse – some are laced with other contaminants and/or inaccurate amounts of the active ingredient. PDE-5i inhibitors and products claiming to be “all natural” that are laced with them can have life-threatening complications due to contraindications with certain medications for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and even with certain antibiotics.

If you are going to use ED medications, for your safety, always speak to your doctor for a legitimate prescription that is safe and regulated for your use.

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