Viagra OTG (over the counter)

A tried and true wonder drug for male impotency and intimacy issues goes by the brand name Viagra or the lessor known generic name of Sildenafil Tablets has been a staple in the lives of many men seeking to enhance their sexual lives and experiences. There is a rather hefty price tag per tablet on this medication that can be strenuously covered by insurance companies making the off brand and suspect of counterfeit tablets a possibility.

Viagra over the counter in Australia

Viagra over the counter in Australia

Viagra recommends taking “The Blue Pill” one hour before having sex. However, studies have suggested that it could start working even sooner than that. Some men were able to achieve an erection just 10 minutes after taking Viagra, although this wasn’t conclusively proven to be due to Viagra. And while the maximum concentration of sildenafil in the blood isn’t reached until about an hour after taking it (and is potentially delayed by an additional hour if taken with food), it took a median of 25 minutes (with a range of 10 – 60 minutes) for men taking sildenafil to begin experiencing erections. This was 20 minutes sooner than the median time of 50 minutes experienced by those who took a placebo.The half-life of Viagra in the body is about four hours, meaning that every four hours after taking it, there’s only half as much of the drug left. However, even 10 to 12 hours after taking Viagra, men could still often achieve erections hard enough for penetration, though of a shorter duration. In one day, all traces of Viagra in the blood are practically gone.

Posing a danger to one’s health in the pursuit of cheaper alternatives, Australia has begged the question that if Name brand Viagra were made legally obtainable over-the-counter, could this greatly curb the black market of sexual enhancement. The current standing issues facing Australians seeking Viagra are long wait lists and lines as well as the meek 4 tablet only per prescription. There is roughly 70% of men who suffer some form erectile dysfunction who currently do not seek any type of treatment for many reasons and these men would attain a freedom if OTC Viagra was offered, possibly easing anxieties issues and offering a humility to the process. Currently the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) has not offered any comment on the current request for ease of purchase, concerns by medical professionals have stifled progression on the OTC possibility. Physicians have stated that there are any number of side-effects to Sildenafil tablets that should be monitored and addressed by trained personnel upon purchase and administration. The question that does linger is what are the risk factors in allowing the legal purchase of a safe chemical compound as opposed to the unregulated creation of enhancement by a crooked and money seeking illegal market. Perhaps Australia can and will follow in their allies of England’s footsteps.

Viagra has reached it’s 20th birthday and has helped countless men to improve their lives in many unseeing and countless ways. Well, we soon see this offered over-the-counter, at a cheaper cost and accessible to million of more potential men. Viagra’s patent will expire in 2020 and the possibilities are endless.

John Rogers

I am a doctor from Melbourne, VIC.

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