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5 Reasons Why Genuine Viagra Matters

Viagra rapidly became a household name after its 1998 introduction.

Viagra rapidly became a household name after its 1998 introduction.

Viagra is one of the first words people think of when they think of erectile dysfunction (ED).

After all, it was largely Viagra that brought discussion of ED out into the open when the drug was introduced to the market in 1998. Originally tested as a drug for a heart condition called angina, research took a decidedly different turn when patients in the original drug trials noted that while taking the drug they had an easier time getting and maintaining erections.

After Viagra more drugs for ED were introduced, including Levitra, Cialis, Staxyn, and Stendra. All these drugs belong to a class of pharmaceuticals called PDE-5 inhibitors because they all inhibit the action of an enzyme called PDE-5 which can prevent blood vessels opening sufficiently to allow an erection.

As internet saturation increased around the world, charlatans and crooks started looking for ways to separate men with ED from their money with fake products. If you want to take Viagra for ED, here are 5 reasons why genuine Viagra matters.

1. Viagra’s Track Record Is Established

When you obtain genuine Viagra from a pharmacy or your doctor, you know that you are getting a product that has been on the market for a long time and that has been tested extensively. In the early years of Viagra’s presence on the market, doctors and researchers learned more about how the drug should be taken for maximum safety and effectiveness. They also learned more about which men are and are not good candidates for taking the drugs. With genuine Viagra, you’re getting the benefit of the drug’s long track record for effectiveness and safety when taken as directed.

2. “Generic” Viagra in the US Is Often Worthless

There are not yet any generic versions of Viagra sold legally in the US. Pfizer’s patents for Viagra have expired in many European nations, so there are several generic alternatives sold there. However, Pfizer won’t lose its patent protection for Viagra in the US until the year 2020. A generic version of the drug will be available starting late in the year 2017, because Pfizer entered into an agreement with Teva Pharmaceuticals that allows that company to produce and sell a generic starting then. How much of an effect Teva’s product will have on sales of genuine Viagra remains to be seen, but it is likely that it will not exert nearly as much downward pressure on prices as generic alternatives have in Europe. If you find a website offering generic Viagra either in the US or for shipment to the US, it’s going to be illegal, and quite possibly counterfeit.

3. “Herbal Viagra” Is Not Viagra (and Sometimes Not Herbal)

You may have seen ads or websites offering something called “herbal Viagra.” These products, which may be sold in places like convenience stores, do not contain any genuine Viagra, but usually promise an “all natural” solution to ED. Several herbs claim to help men with ED, including Korean red ginseng, DHEA, L-arginine, Yohimbe, and pinus pinaster, but peer-reviewed, scientifically rigorous studies are rare to non-existent on these substances.

Another problem with “herbal Viagra” is that the FDA’s Internet and Health Fraud Team has discovered that many of these products contain undisclosed ingredients, including drug ingredients. Some ingredients have been found to be unregulated versions of PDE-5 inhibitors. For men who take nitrates for heart problems, these products can lead to serious complications including heart attack or stroke. So far, public health officials have had a hard time tracking and evaluating the safety of so-called herbal Viagra.

4. Fake Viagra Is Often Visually Indistinguishable from Real Viagra

Fake Viagra often looks exactly like genuine Viagra. Tablets are the right shape, the right size, and the containers may display Pfizer logos or holograms that look completely legitimate. Sometimes counterfeits can be distinguished from genuine Viagra by lot numbers. For example, lot number 314833021 is often used on knockoffs. It used to be a real lot number used by Pfizer, but the company retires lot numbers for genuine Viagra after the drugs have been distributed to patients.

Counterfeit Viagra is often remarkably realistic looking.

Counterfeit Viagra is often remarkably realistic looking.

Because it’s not always obvious whether or not products online claiming to be genuine Viagra are the real thing, Pfizer chemically analyses products ordered by law enforcement agencies in fraud investigations to determine their chemical makeup. In addition to lacking sildenafil, the active ingredient in genuine Viagra, fakes often have odd “filler” materials, like gypsum, the substance sheetrock is made of. Pfizer has testing labs in Groton, Connecticut, Sandwich, England, and in Dalian, China and regularly provides information on counterfeits to law enforcement agencies.

5. Ordering Drugs From Overseas Presents a Range of Problems

Products claiming to be Viagra that are sold on foreign websites (including those pretending to be Canadian) are likely to be counterfeit. If you order these items, often the best case scenario is that you waste your money. But things could be much worse, depending on the ingredients in them. In addition to wallboard, substances like inkjet printer ink, household paint, and even things like boric acid and floor polish have been found in fakes. These are definitely things you don’t want to put in your body.

Another problem with ordering drugs from overseas is that, except in very limited and specific circumstances, it’s illegal. Should your shipment be seized by US Customs and Border Protection, you could be in for some uncomfortable questioning at the least. One way and another, ordering something claiming to be Viagra from overseas is simply too risky.

Conclusion

Because of the huge popularity of Viagra, it is commonly counterfeited. And in the US, you can’t get generic Viagra yet. It’s extremely important that you purchase only genuine Viagra so you’ll get the best results and avoid the potential harm of counterfeits.

At eDrugstore.com, we have been providing genuine Viagra made by Pfizer for over 15 years. Working with US-licensed pharmacists, eDrugstore.com offers competitive pricing, and the unmatched convenience of speedy shipping right to your door. We’re also fully committed to outstanding customer service, customer privacy, and the most stringent standards for online ordering.

Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+