Viagra is a very popular drug used to treat problems with male impotency, often referred to as ED or erectile dysfunction. The brand name is Viagra and it is made from a substance called sildenafil citrate. It works in a very simple way in that the active ingredient (Sildenafil) relaxes the blood vessels in the penis and allows the blood to flow naturally, thereby stimulating an erection.
It only works on the male body when the subject is already sexually aroused and the effects of the drug last plenty long enough to enable sexual intercourse to be performed. Viagra has been around since 1998 and there are a few drugs on the market similar to it i.e. Cialis and Levitra.
Why is Viagra expensive?
Prior to 2013 Viagra was expensive as the tablet was protected by a patent. However, once the patent expired, generic Viagra was able to be produced, often sold under the name of the composite ingredient – Sildenafil.
This has driven the price right down.
Where can I get Viagra from?
You can get a prescription from your doctor and buy Viagra from your local chemist. The generic version is now easily affordable. If your ED is due to a chronic health condition or disease, your G.P may be able to give you an NHS funded prescription so you will not have to pay.
You can also buy online if you feel embarrassed about going to your pharmacy to fill your prescription. Reputable sites will still ask for a prescription and will post the drug to your home in a plain wrapper in a discreet manner. Beware of sites offering generic Viagra at ridiculously low prices without a prescription. The chances are that you will not be getting the genuine article and will possibly receive a counterfeit product which will not work or even make you sick. Many of these fake forms of Viagra look genuine and you cannot tell by looking at the tablets. Only a full laboratory analysis will tell you what is in the drug.
Can I make my own Viagra?
This is not possible but some people believe that watermelon may act on the body in a similar way. This is because it contains citrulline which relaxes the blood vessels. There is no evidence that this works buy if you want to give your diet a healthy boost, add watermelon to your five a day!