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What are the risks of buying ED drugs without a prescription online?

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The erectile dysfunction drugs and herbal remedies you buy on the Internet aren't always what they seem. An FDA investigation found that more than one-third of "dietary supplements" sold for ED actually contained prescription drugs, including sildenafil, the medicine in Viagra.

Some ED drugs sold online contained entirely different medicines, such as the antibiotic metronidazole and the fertility drug clomiphene.

Even if a drug has the right medicine, it may not be the right dose. When samples of 100-milligram Viagra tablets purchased online were tested, only 10% were even close to the advertised strength.

When you buy from an unknown company, you run the risk of getting counterfeit medicines. By some estimates, more than half of all ED drugs sold online are fakes. Some of these drugs include ingredients you wouldn't want to put in your body -- things like talcum powder, paint, and printer ink.

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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