Should Viagra Be an Over-the-Counter Drug

Viagra: A Brief History

The first time I remember hearing about it was when my mother took me to see a movie at the age of five. She told me she had heard that there were some men who could make women have orgasms with just a little bit of sexual stimulation. At the time I didn’t really understand what she meant so I asked her if they would do anything else besides give them pleasure. She replied that they couldn’t but she did say that they could get them very quickly.

That’s how I learned about the drug called “Sildenafil” which is used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED).

I was amazed because I knew nothing about ED or even drugs in general. My parents were always trying to keep up on all things new and interesting so this news seemed too good to be true. So I decided to research it myself. I found out that Sildenafil was actually a brand name of a medication called “Proscar”.

They were both sold in pharmacies around the world. After reading up on the drug, I realized that it wasn’t going to work for me. However, it made me curious enough to want to learn more about other types of drugs so I went online and started looking into various websites and forums.

As far as I’m concerned, the internet is one of the greatest inventions ever! Though it’s a double-edged sword because you have to be careful what you’re looking at and who you trust. There are a lot of shady people out there who prey on the gullible and weak-minded. Even so, I found myself learning more and more each day.

I started out by reading about medical conditions then moved on to prescription drugs and illegal ones as well.

I learned that not everything people put online is true or can be trusted. For example, there was this one website that I found that seemed pretty on-the-level yet when it came to drugs they were putting up, well let’s just say they were putting their agenda over facts.

One of the drugs they trashed was Sildenafil. They stated it doesn’t work at all and that it’s overpriced. Well, that’s not true. I tried it myself and it did indeed work.

Granted it didn’t work as well as they said it would but that’s probably due to them cutting the substance (I found this out later on) or taking it with alcohol (which they strongly advised against).

That’s just one example of the many websites I came across that were chock full of misinformation. It makes you wonder where these people are getting their information from. A lot of times it’s their own biased opinions. Other times it’s what they heard from someone else who heard it from someone else.

All I know is the more you hear something, the more likely it is people are going to believe it.

Nowadays there are a lot of websites that are quick to call something a hoax yet they offer no evidence towards their claims. I guess perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised at this type of behavior since this is how rumors and misinformation spread in the first place.

All of this made it much harder to figure out what was true and what wasn’t. It also made it dangerous to ask for help since a lot of these websites had user boards where people would leave comments. Some were nice while others were hostile towards those in need. I remember one time I asked how long does Sildenafil last and one guy left a comment saying it only lasts as long as your wallet does.

That was fairly hurtful.

Other websites had message boards that were strictly for the purpose of spreading information and dispelling myths. These were nice but they often lacked the personal touch that was sometimes needed in certain situations.

So in a way, I guess you could say I created my own website in order to help myself and anyone else who might find themselves in a similar situation. Since I was a kid, I always enjoyed writing stories and making people laugh or smile.

Sources & references used in this article:

From prescription-only to over-the-counter medicines (‘PoM to P’): time for an intermediate category by JK Aronson – British medical bulletin, 2009 – academic.oup.com

Should sildenafil be available over the counter? by N Rubin, K Wylie – British medical bulletin, 2009 – researchgate.net

Sildenafil (Viagra) and ophthalmology by MF Marmor, R Kessler – Survey of ophthalmology, 1999 – Elsevier