17 Apr

Viagra online

Viagra is an erectile dysfunction medicine commonly sold to men. Their typical clientele is over the age of 40 as that is when natural testosterone typically begins to reduce and along with it mens’ sex drives. Viagra was originally created as a medicine to help lower blood pressure, however upon testing the manufacturers realized that the drug had an unexpected side effect of solving erectile dysfunction.

Currently Viagra is only available through prescription in Australia, however recently there has been a boom in the counterfeit market for it and its major competitor, Cialis. This is cause by two main factors; one, the control of the substance through prescriptions, and two the comparatively high cost of purchasing the name brand Viagra. Preliminary research can show that Viagra in Australia is significantly more expensive than it would be to purchase the same thing in Britain. In 2015 Australians paid roughly 140% of what their counterparts paid in Britain.

However, with the patent recently expiring in Australia prices are expected to continue to decline as more generic manufacturers are able to recreate the effects of the drug. Many people who are less price sensitive will likely continue to purchase the original brand, made by Pfizer, but those with less disposable income will likely switch to the generic brands. Similarly, with the price reducing as drastically as expected, more people will likely enter the market.

As with any drug that has proven to be effective, there is a black market for selling it without a prescription. These knock off clones of a drug are typically purchased online and are not as policed as one might expect. Typically, this will cost a premium over getting a prescribed dose, but for some this may be the only option to try the drug. Those included here are typically younger men who do not have a need for the drug to maintain a healthy sex life, but simply want it. Recently, news articles have surfaced of “young, virile men” taking Viagra despite having no medical need for it such as low testosterone or diminished sex drive.

An article from the Sydney Morning Herald expanded on this phenomenon interviewing men in their mid to late twenties who have begun taking Viagra or similar PDE5 inhibitors. Their justification was that they would use it when they needed to “perform at their best.” Many of the men interviewed began taking the drug in their early twenties and simply had no interest in changing that behavior as they aged.

Recent questions have surfaced about whether changing legislation on Viagra and making it an over the counter drugs. However, no studies have come forth from other countries, such as Britain who have experimented with the same changes, to show whether or not this would prove effective, or would simply exacerbate the problem of people taking Viagra and potentially harming their natural body chemistry in the process. Clearly much more research is needed to solve this budding problem.

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