From time to time, there has been reports on the news about people suffering ill effects after taking unlicensed, unverified health products which claim to boost the “virility” and “sexual prowess” of men.
In fact, these illegal products often contain different pharmaceutical compounds. In 2008, 10 people died after taking them for sexual enhancement. Diabetes medications were found in these tablets, resulting in people experiencing low blood sugar, dizziness and fainting, cold sweats and eventually loss of consciousness.
Furthermore because the compounds of the drug are unknown, many have also experienced side effects such as loss of hearing, strokes and extremely painful erections. Not the outcome one would be looking for when wanting to boost their own libido. In fact if left untreated, these painful erections caused by the engorgement of blood can lead to Permanent Impotence.
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These illegal products are often bought from street peddlers, online pharmacies or even from other countries with no prior Health Sciences Authority (HSA) Singapore approval. That being said, here are the top 5 reasons why “Cheap” Viagra may end up costing you so much more than just the money you think you might be saving.
1. You can get severe side effects from unknown doses or what is in the drug
The tablet may contain any combination of medicines to boost erections, other medications that may have adverse side effects such as the diabetes medications i described above. Ultimately leading to organ damage and eventually death.
The main way medications boost erections are by enlarging the blood vessels in the penis, allowing more blood to flow in. If these engorgement of blood is not regulated and the blood flow is not reversed after a while, it can lead to priapism (engorgement of blood in the penis), painful erections and ultimately impotency.
Without medical supervision, the penis may eventually have not enough new oxygen from new blood, and after a few hours, critical damage to the penis can start to occur. This is dangerous and is a medical emergency.
2. You could be paying for a dud
Don’t be fooled by catchy packaging names such as King Power, Black Gorilla, Tiger King. Many times, for the sake of selling the tablet, the peddler has no idea what goes into it.
You would be lucky to have avoided an adverse health event, and in this case, have completely no effect at all after taking the tablet. In fact, the scary thing is you might end up taking an additional one or two to get a better effect and end up overdosing on the toxic components of the tablet as well.
3. You have no idea how these drugs are made
Because there is HSA approval of these illegal drugs, there is no guarantee they are made under the proper conditions. This means you might think you are buying a new Ferrari, but after getting the keys, you realize that either there is no engine or that they have given you a Toyota engine instead. Worse still, they could have given you a spoilt ferrari engine, and after driving for 5mins, the engine explodes and you get caught in the explosion.
4. You may not be getting to the root of your problem
You might also think that these sexual enhancement medications may address your poor erections, but instead there are other root causes or even more effective and safer treatments available that need to be addressed. Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome | Andropause
This is a novel mode of treatment for Erectile Dysfunction which uses low-intensity shock waves directly to penile tissues to help stimulate the growth of new blood vessels. It has been shown to be safe, painless, and effective for the treatment of vasculogenic Erectile Dysfunction (caused by blood vessel problems such as in people with diabetes and high blood pressure).
If you think you may have Erectile Dysfunction, the first step is to speak to your doctor. There are many safe and effective treatments now available for Erectile Dysfunction, but recommended treatments may vary depending on the underlying cause, age and comorbid conditions such as heart disease.
5. You might think it is very difficult to see a doctor and get real HSA approved medications
With DTAP Teleconsult, we are one call away from addressing your erection concerns in full privacy, medical supervision and support with 3 breezy steps. Furthermore, you do not even need to leave the comforts of your own home to receive the medications you require with DTAP Delivery. All within the same span of the day. This convenience and assurance should be no excuse for you to put your health and life at risk by taking “Cheap” Viagra.
With 15 years of caring, our doctors at DTAP clinic will support you through your men’s health journey professionally, discreetly, and effectively.