The erection pill Viagra now available without a prescription

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It is the answer to the prayer of many men – Viagra easily purchased and over the counter.

Many boys received LIFT on the news that Viagra can now be bought in Ireland without a prescription.

Hundreds of people rose to the occasion as they flocked to pharmacies across the country to purchase the magical little blue pills.

While some EXPLODED with joy that they can finally get their hands on the wonder drug without having to see a doctor, others were DEFLATED that they were billed more than double the regular price.

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Easy-to-access Viagra costs € 25 for four

Easy-to-access Viagra costs € 25 for four

This week Irish consumers were able to purchase non-prescription erectile dysfunction tablets for the first time – they have been accessible in the same way in the UK for several years and men with impotence have used it as a lifeline. rescue.

Pharmacists will assess whether customers can safely take Viagra Connect in the same way strong pain relievers are sold.

At least two independent pharmacies that we tried out in Dublin on Friday did not yet have the drug in stock and were waiting for delivery.

“I know Lloyds started selling it, and so did Boots,” said a Murray’s pharmacist on Talbot Street.

A male assistant in Active Life Pharmacy, also on Talbot Street, told us: “You must have a prescription to buy Viagra in Ireland.

It was immediately corrected by an older pharmacist in the store.

“The government deregulated the sale and we are now allowed to sell it,” he told us. “This is the real Pfizer brand, not a generic brand.”

Consultation

We then ventured into a Boots store, where an assistant advised us to go upstairs to their branch in the Jervis Center as they didn’t have any in stock.

She was heard by a pharmacist who announced, “Actually, we have it here – we just got it today.”

He told our man he would see him in a minute or two in a nearby “consultation room”, where the two settled down at a table and two chairs.

Anyone purchasing the drug from a pharmacy will have to undergo such a procedure, as the pharmacist has to make sure that the patient knows what it is.

A Boots leaflet advises: “Viagra Connect contains 50 mg of sildenafil which relaxes blood vessels to help increase blood flow to the penis. By doing this, it can help a man get and maintain an erection that is hard enough for sex once he has been sexually aroused. will not give you an instant erection and may take 30 minutes to an hour to work. “

“It only arrived this week and we started selling it today,” confirmed the young pharmacist.

He had a form that contained many medical questions.

“We have a few questions to make sure you’re healthy and fit to take it,” he noted. Do you have cardiovascular problems, serious health problems? Do you sometimes feel short of breath or have chest pain?

“Have you ever had a heart attack or stroke, no heart or heart rhythm problems. Do you take any medications? Even over the counter? No health concerns, allergies or something like that? “

He added: “Basically what’s at stake is that anyone who takes Viagra is available over the counter, but they are advised to have a check-up with their doctor within six months because ideally, you shouldn’t really need to take Viagra because it could be a sign of a cardiovascular problem.

“Like a circulation problem. A lot of men need it, but I guess ideally it shouldn’t be necessary, so it could be a sign of blood pressure issues or circulation issues. So it’s OK to take it now, but it is recommended to have a checkup with your GP within six months. “

Dangerous

When asked why it was available for free here now, he replied: “I guess it has been available in the UK for years and is not a very dangerous drug to take. The only thing is the fact that you need it, it could be a sign that there is a cardiovascular or circulatory problem. “

He then asked if our man had taken it before.

“What you do is they come in either a four-pack or an eight-pack, and they’re a little more expensive to get over the counter,” he added. “A four pack would cost € 25. If you had a prescription it would cost around ten dollars, but it would cost you € 50 or € 60 to get a prescription from a doctor, so it saves you a bit of money. “

Oddly, he asked, “Do you have grapefruit juice? (reading more can cause blood levels to increase, which can trigger headaches and flushing).

He said patients are given an explanatory leaflet with the drug.

“You take the tablet an hour before having sex and it may take 30 minutes to work, so you need to plan ahead. You can take it with or without food. It may take longer if you ate a big meal, “he advised.

The polite pharmacist then proceeded to the dosage.

“One per day is the maximum,” he noted. “If one pill doesn’t work, you may need to take another. But it could be a sign of cardiovascular problems.”

He said most men don’t have side effects, but some have headaches, facial flushing, upset stomach, nasal congestion, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision.

“If you notice anything particularly serious, chest pain or a rash, stop taking them and let us know or see your doctor,” he stressed.

Way of life

He said the lifestyle could help.

“Losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising, controlling alcohol, can all be beneficial,” he said.

When asked if women could take it, he replied, “No, it’s just for men, it doesn’t matter for women.”

The over-the-counter dosage level is 50 mg. The 100mg version has yet to be prescribed by a doctor.

“50 mg would usually be the first one anyway,” he observed. “See how it goes. If you want the 100 mg, you’ll have to go to your doctor.”

He then handed over a small card, which he tore from the form.

“Keep it in your wallet and if you need us again it saves you having to start the whole consultation again,” he concluded.

With that, our reporter paid for his package and left the pharmacy, hugging the precious diamond-shaped packet of tablets that featured “helps you get and keep an erection” on the front.

As they took a selfie photo on the street outside, with one of Ireland’s first packages purchased this way, two passing curious young men momentarily looked over their shoulders.

“Condoms?” One of them chuckled. When told it was Viagra you can buy over the counter, they both burst into laughter. “Good luck later,” one of them chuckled.

Freer availability here is expected to thwart a flourishing black market in pill supply, with social media and apps full of hawkers selling the pills, while others illegally importing them by mail.

Pfizer initially discovered sildenafil in 1989 while seeking treatment for chest pain of cardiac origin.

Sildenafil works by preventing the action of a chemical in the body, which helps relax blood vessels and improve blood flow to the penis after sexual stimulation.

The drug was approved for medical use in the United States and Europe in 1998 and is now a mainstream drug. One of the main producers is Ireland, with a large Pfizer factory in County Cork meeting demand.

In 2017, the drug became available as a generic drug after Pfizer’s final patents expired.

Cause damage

Rare but serious side effects include a prolonged erection which can damage the penis, vision problems, and hearing loss.

The Irish Pharmacy Union welcomed the freer availability of the drug.

“Erectile dysfunction drugs are among the drugs most often purchased online, and purchasing them in this way from unregulated sources can pose a major risk to the health of consumers,” said a spokesperson.

“They sometimes contain none of the active ingredient, or sometimes too much or too little of certain ingredients, which are also of questionable quality.

“There are also other risk factors that people may not fully consider when purchasing drugs online, including the importance of risk assessments.

“Your local community pharmacist is a medication expert, who will make sure that any medications you get are right for you and will not react with other medications you are taking,” the spokesperson added.

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