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Prescriptions No Longer Needed For Viagra In UK

Dorathy Gass

Some males (and females) in the United Kingdom will be happy to hear this piece of news: the nation will become the first-ever country where citizens can purchase Viagra without the need of a prescription. The reasoning behind the reclassification move was to decrease unregulated sales of the drug that helps assist men with erectile dysfunction.

CNN advised that the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency chimed in on the change stating that erectile dysfunction medicines seem to be popular when it comes to counterfeit drugs. Over the past five years the agency has seized over 50 million British pounds ($66 million USD) when it came to counterfeit erectile dysfunction medicines.

Maker of Viagra, Pfizer, stated that the drug will be available to men (18 years and older), over-the-counter, after consulting a trained pharmacist. Males with severe kidney or liver failure or who have severe cardiovascular conditions (or are high-risk to this disorder), will still need to see a doctor before gaining access to the medicine.

The drug will still have the same active ingredient as the current medicine sold as a prescription. At pharmacies it will be labeled as Viagra Connect, and come in a 50-milligram tablet. Meanwhile the original Viagra, which is currently available in 25, 50, and 100 milligrams, will still need a prescription.

As per the National Library of Medicine, Viagra causes side effects that include, nosebleeds, heartburn, aching muscles, sleep difficulty, headache, diarrhea, vision changes, and sensitivity to light. Additional side effects that may happen including burning, numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, legs, or feet. Side effects that are more severe can include, an erection of four hours or more, vision loss, fainting, dizziness, ear ringing, shortness of breath, and chest pain. It’s important to note that anyone who experiences the ladder systems from Viagra should reach out to a healthcare professional.

Also referred to as the little blue pill, Viagra was developed by a British scientist for Pfizer in 1989. It was initially intended as a heart medication for those who suffer from angina and high blood pressure; however, in early trials the drug was not too successful, but participants in the study claimed they were having increased erections. The team changed their direction and considered using it as a medicine to assist with erectile dysfunction. The rest is history.

As per Pfizer, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Viagra in 1998 and since, over 37 million men have used the medicine to assist with their erectile dysfunction issues.

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