Taking Libido Enhancing Pills Is Risky Without Doctor’s Advice | Nagpur News

NAGPUR: A 28-year-old man died while having sex with his girlfriend in a Saoner lodge last week due to taking a libido-enhancing drug can be considered a rumor, but experts believe that unregulated use can lead to several complications, especially if there are pre-existing co-morbidities like illness undiagnosed heart.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in its ongoing campaign to audit retail pharmacies, is also set to audit the storage and sale of drugs like sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn) , tadalafil (Cialis) and avanafil (Stendra) which are classed as Class “H” of the Medicines and Cosmetics Act 1940. The Schedule “H” drug can only be sold by prescription.
After Saoner’s death, the FDA has now included the agenda to check the sale of drugs used as sexual enhancers. “A lawsuit can be brought against owners of pharmacies for selling Schedule H drugs without a prescription. Action may result in suspension or cancellation of licenses,” the FDA Assistant Commissioner said. PM Ballalwho under commissioner Jt Viraj Paunikarwould spearhead a check on pharmacies to see if standards are being met, including the sale of drugs in the presence of a licensed pharmacist.
Besides legal action, experts like a renowned sex therapist Dr Rajesh Rathi said the unregulated and frivolous use of drugs like sildenafil and tadalafil can lead to serious health complications. “Drugs like viagra, in which sildenafil is the main ingredient, belong to a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. When PDE5 is inhibited by sildenafil, the blood supply to the private organ increases, which leads to erection,” he said.
“There are side effects of these drugs like shortness of breath, chest pain, fainting, painful and prolonged erection, blurred vision, skin rashes and nasal congestion,” Rathi said, adding that these drugs are contraindicated in heart patients and those with high blood pressure.
Rathi further stated that patients with liver and kidney problems, blood or bleeding disorders, stomach ulcers or certain eye conditions may not be suitable to take sildenafil. The same goes for those who have a physical deformity of the private parts. “This drug can also mix with medications including antibiotics, antifungals, those for HIV, blood pressure, and prostate disorders,” he said.
Sex therapist Dr Sanjay Deshpande with around 20 years of experience has stated that consuming any sexual enhancer linked to erectile dysfunction (ED) without consulting an expert can lead to health complications. “People should not treat sex as a sport to compete with each other but treat it as an art of making love. Avoid performance anxiety, over-expectations and fantasizing about unreal activities why one is more prone to the temptation to take these drugs as sexual enhancers,” Deshpande said, adding that the psychological and emotional state plays as important a role as any of these drugs for optimal sexual practices. .
“People think that taking sex-enhancing drugs will lead to an overall cure, but that’s not true. They should contact a sex therapist to find a solution,” Deshpande said, adding that drug regimens differ from person to person, which only a specialist can decide.

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