Why You Should Never Take Viagra Without a Prescription

Guys in the U.K. will soon be able to, but it may come with serious health risks

(CHRISTA SGOBBA, MEN’S HEALTH) Since the FDA approved Viagra as the first oral drug to treat erectile dysfunction in 1998, it’s only been available with a doctor’s prescription.

According to Men’s Health, Viagra comes with side effects – and in certain guys, they can be extremely serious.

But soon, men in the UK will be able to obtain Viagra without a prescription.

[Men in the US have sought ways to do this, too, and many have succeeded. – Editor]

Why you should never take Viagra without a prescription

Like any drug, Viagra comes with side effects – and in certain guys, they can be extremely serious.

First, think of how Viagra works in the first place. The drug relaxes your blood vessels, helping blood to flow into your penis to make you erect when you’re aroused.

But Viagra also relaxes blood vessels throughout your entire body as well.

That can lead to a dangerously low drop in blood pressure.

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You can pass out, and if your blood pressure is low enough to deprive your brain of oxygen for even four to five minutes, you could die.

Guys who are older and those who take other meds, like nitrates for chest pain, are at greatest risk of these serious side effects.

That’s why doctors usually won’t prescribe Viagra to guys with these risks, and if they do, they monitor their dosages carefully and look for potential side effects.

There’s still an another important factor that might be missed: Erectile dysfunction is often a symptom for other serious health conditions.

In fact, erectile dysfunction could be a marker for silent heart disease.

That’s because the arteries in your penis are smaller than those in your heart.

So the arteries in your penis can clog up sooner, leading to below-the-belt effects before issues with your heart become apparent.

That’s one of the benefits of bringing up erectile problems with your doctor—it might raise the red flag that something else might be brewing in your body that needs to be checked out. Read the full story at MEN’S HEALTH.

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