inhibitors were originally created to treat erectile dysfunction, but in recent
years, people have been using Viagra, Cialis and Levitra recreationally to enjoy
“supercharged” sexual experiences. Men in their 20s and 30s are now using the
drugs to experience more endurance, stronger erections and less downtime in
between sexual experiences.
But can the
recreational use of these drugs have long-term effects? How are users getting
their hands on these prescription drugs?
How Do Users Get These Drugs Without ED?
users are getting these drugs from illegal dealers or online. Some
go as far as lying to their doctors about having erectile dysfunction in order
to get a legitimate prescription. Users say that it’s easy to get a
prescription from doctors.
so easy to get a hold of these drugs, Viagra has become the new “party drug.”
But what happens when you use these drugs recreationally? Can they have
negative side effects?
The Side Effects of Recreational Use of PDE5 Inhibitors
typically use Viagra recreationally as a way to enhance their sexual
experiences, but it can also have negative side effects, such as:
bulging out of the penis
in vision (e.g. blue haze)
of the problem is that there are risk factors for these drugs, and if users
aren’t getting regular check-ups they may not know if they have these issues –
like heart disease, kidney problems or blood pressure issues.
ED drugs can
cause blood pressure to drop so low that the user passes out. Older individuals
or those who are on nitrates can have a stroke. Both Viagra and nitrates dilate
the blood vessels, so if you’re taking both medications at the same time, it
can cause a heart attack.
recommend getting a hormonal panel and a full cardiovascular risk profile before
taking any erectile dysfunction drugs. There are many reports of people dying
from heart attacks after taking Viagra.
issue is that the body will eventually develop a tolerance for the drug if
you’re taking it when you don’t need it. Once the body builds up a tolerance,
the drug will stop working for you, and that can lead to real erectile
very real risk of not being able to have a natural erection or sex ever again.
is prescribed by a doctor for a genuine case of erectile dysfunction, the dose
can be specified and the results are often positive. However, when taken
recreationally, you have no guidance as far as dosing is concerned.
A poll from Men’s Health found that 18 out of the 20 women
they spoke with said they didn’t want men to have erections of young teenagers.
They want their partner’s sexual appetite and behaviors to be appropriate to
their age group. They also don’t want their partners to have an erection for
4-6 hours at a time.
Most importantly, men shouldn’t be putting their
lives at risk just for an erection. Over the long-term, recreational use of
these drugs can lead to actual erectile dysfunction.