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Viagra as a ‘Club Drug’: Here’s Why It’s a Bad Idea

It’s a typical Saturday night. You and a couple of single guys meet at your place, grab a few beers to get the evening started. You get hungry and decide to order pizza and… something else.

Two delivery men appear at your door. One brought your favorite food and the other a pack of Viagra pills. Just in case. This is not a fake scenario. Men in London can now order an express home delivery of ED pills. Right in time for a party.

Ever since Viagra became available over the counter in some countries, ED medication joined a long list of party drugs. Taking erectile dysfunction pills “as an insurance policy”, when you’re healthy, is not sensible. Here’s why.

Why do young men use Viagra as a party drug?

In today’s hookup culture, casual sexual encounters are a part of the clubbing experience. According to a recent study, people of all sexual orientations reach for drugs and alcohol in connection with sex.

Partygoers mix drinks with drugs to boost their mood or improve self confidence. About 20% use these substances in order to enhance their sexual pleasure. Those who “get lucky” and find someone to have sex with, often realize they “can’t get it up” or fail to keep an erection long enough for intercourse.

Some men take Viagra on a night out as a precaution

Some men take Viagra on a night out as a precaution

This is where ED medication comes into play. Men add a little blue pill to their party mix as a precaution. When the time comes, they want to be ready and perform well.

Young men today are under a lot of pressure to perform sexually. The biggest influence is of course pornography. In films, actors never get tired and stay hard for hours. Talk about unrealistic models!

What are the risks of taking Viagra recreationally?

Men who take ED medication before a party usually don’t have the medical need for it. When sober, they can achieve and maintain an erection without problems. Many, however, drink alcohol or use drugs like cocaine on their nights out. These substances are known to impair sexual performance.

When you decide to take an ED pill and plan to add drugs and booze to the mix later, you risk serious health problems. For example, taking Viagra with cocaine can lead to cardiovascular problems and even seizures. You’re also at a greater risk of developing priapism – a dangerous case of a permanent erection. Trust me, it’s not the kind you want.

Mixing Viagra with drugs can be dangerous

Mixing Viagra with drugs can be dangerous

You also need to be careful with the dosage. Taking more pills won’t improve your performance in bed or make you harder. Overdose means the side effects will be more difficult to stand. And the list of possible side-effects includes headaches, nausea and dizziness. Not a great way to enjoy an all-night party.

There’s one more red flag when it comes to recreational Viagra use. The confidence it gives you, combined with the effects of drinks or drugs, may lead you on a risky sexual path. You may have unprotected sex and end up with an STI diagnosis, including testing positive for HIV.

Always consult a doctor before taking Viagra

Buying ED drugs from unknown sources is not a good idea. You never know what you’re going to get. Some illegal “samples” seized in the past contained toxic substances such as lead and arsenic.

Also, it’s not safe to take ED medication without ever consulting a physician or pharmacist. For example, if you have cardiovascular problems or irregular blood pressure, taking drugs such as Viagra may lead to complications. Same applies to interactions with certain medication.

If you feel uncomfortable discussing your sexuality with a family physician, consider making an online order. Make sure to use a reliable online pharmacy that offers genuine consultations with a health practitioner. To learn more about the available ED treatments visit the eDrugstore Erectile Dysfunction page.

Anka Grzywacz is a sexologist, reproductive health expert and Certified Sex Coach™. In her online practice she helps busy parents solve their intimate problems.