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What are health concerns associated with erectile dysfunction (ED) medication bought without a prescription online?

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Erectile dysfunction drugs approved by the FDA work by increasing blood flow to the penis. Just like any other medicine, these drugs can have side effects. If you purchase them online -- without a prescription -- you won't get a chance to discuss this with your doctor before you take them.

ED drugs can also be dangerous if you have certain conditions, like heart disease. They can interact with other medicines you take, such as blood thinners and some alpha blockers, which are used to treat high blood pressure and prostate conditions.

If you buy an "herbal remedy" online that turns out to contain ingredients from real ED drugs, you could also put your health at risk.

SOURCES:

FDA: "Hidden Risks of Erectile Dysfunction 'Treatments' Sold Online," "The Possible Dangers of Buying Medicines over the Internet." 

National Kidney & Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Erectile Dysfunction." 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Erectile Dysfunction -- Overview."

Jackson, G.  , March 2010.  International Journal of Clinical Practice

Bulletin of the World Health Organization , April 2010. 

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on January 28, 2020

SOURCES:

FDA: "Hidden Risks of Erectile Dysfunction 'Treatments' Sold Online," "The Possible Dangers of Buying Medicines over the Internet." 

National Kidney & Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Erectile Dysfunction." 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Erectile Dysfunction -- Overview."

Jackson, G.  , March 2010.  International Journal of Clinical Practice

Bulletin of the World Health Organization , April 2010. 

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on January 28, 2020

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