Erectile Dysfunction

Cheap Viagra – the risks

Cheap Viagra – the risks

Does cheap Viagra over the counter sound too good to be true? That’s because it is. Imagine a new law has been passed – ‘From henceforth on, every bar in the land will dispense free alcoholic beverages’. Obviously, be careful of what you wish for springs to mind. Associated with cheap Viagra are the risks attached!

Let’s then imagine it’s Summer, and you’re young (or not so, as the case may be). It’s a Friday night. What’s not to like? We all know (or those who go to Wetherspoon’s pubs, and not just for the cheap coffee), that price trumps atmosphere. Show me an empty Wetherspoons and I’ll show you a post-apocalyptic dystopia!  

So, what has this to do with what? Cut-price Viagra, that’s what. Or over-the counter PDE5-inhibitors in general (these also include Cialis & Levitra), to call a spade a spade. The sale of cheap, over the counter Viagra (etc), means a prescription is no longer required. So far so good, but there’s a downside – Viagra side effects are real, and the long-term issues even more so!

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We prefer an ethically-responsible approach to treating a common, yet major, life-affecting condition. One that will involve at least half the male population at some time in their lives (and their other halves). Perhaps even more so in future, given current health trends. Whenever ED arrives, though, it’s always, in reality, too early.

What then, is the problem with UK pharmacists dispensing ‘cheap-to-the-point-of-free’ PDE5-inhibitors over the counter at a price too low even for Wetherspoons?

Be careful what you wish for. Some of the objections are quite obvious. Since PDE5 pills will only be given out to those who can satisfy the pharmacist’s quick Q & A., there can be awkward silences afoot down at the local chemists: Q: “So, what exactly is the problem, Mr Smith”? A: “Well, I can’t seem to get it up, Julie (the pharmacist and next-door neighbour)”; A: “Oh dear, Mr Smith, but please give my love to your wife anyway. See you at our BBQ on Saturday?”  Then it’s knowing winks over the spare ribs before you can say let’s poke the fire.

You are permitted 8 little blue tabs at a time. Now, if you go to BBQ Julie, she’ll know just how many you’ve had. Let’s just say that, like most of the population, you live in a town or city or, perish the thought, have a car?  It’s like with Paracetamol. You want more? You can go elsewhere. Also, let’s not forget that people in queues have big ears.

At Wholelife Clinics we offer a long-term alternative to quick fixes here.  PDE-5s are useful predictors of the outcome of Shockwave Therapy (SWT) for ED.  It means that ‘things’ are working and simply need a boost. In other words, they can be an aid, but should not be a way of life.

SWT addresses the fundamental issue of ED rather than papering over cracks. It embraces, rather than plays with, nature. It’s clearing the pipes, rather than increasing the water pressure for a while and, if you swallow the little blue pills for too long, something has to give.

It’s looking at the body as a whole, functioning organic unit; if Mother Nature says something’s wrong, best listen. SWT offers a proven, safe, non-invasive long-term solution to erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction - affordable shockwave therapy

A ‘shock’ to an intimate area doesn’t sound so good.  They are in fact soundwave based, and produce a tingling sensation when applied during a 20-minute treatment session. Usually, you would have 6 treatments, but the number of sessions is varied according to individual needs. The long-term effect is to dilate localised blood vessels, the gradual constriction of which leads to most cases of ED. 

The treatment’s effects reach their maximum potential during the 3 months after the last session. Some men may require a top-up course after a year or so, but sticking to health advice given along with the treatment helps to preserve the long-term effect.

You will be treated by a highly-experienced nurse clinician who has dealt with hundreds of men. We use the latest state-of-the-art technology for optimal results. We also ensure maximum discretion, and approach the matter in a relaxed, informal, yet professional manner.

We’ve come a bit of a way from that Wetherspoons reference, but we’ll get there. Eventually. First, let’s take a look at the potential downside of ‘free’ Viagra distribution. Although seen as the universal ‘go-to’ solution, most men are unaware of the risks of taking too much Viagra (etc), such as permanent damage to penis tissue. 

So what’s going on? Is this move a genuine attempt to address the counterfeit Viagra trade?  This was Pfizer’s (the US manufacturer of Viagra) reason in the media. Or were they grasping at rescuing 20 years of massive profit-making back from counterfeiters whilst utilising the moral high ground?

This thinking could one day backfire. We shall see soon enough. Is it going to help men (and their partners)?  Or will it increase long-term ED through psychological and physical side-effects, as emphasised by Dr Max Pemberton.

A real concern, other than physical side-effects, is that easier access to PDE-5 inhibitors could change male sexual behavioural patterns. Psychological dependence could follow. Then, later, when in at least 50% of men, some sort of recovery process will be needed, the baby has been thrown out with the bathwater.

Then those past, hopefully happy, Friday nights could soon become a looong Monday morning that lasts forever.

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