150,000 men use the erectile drugs in the Netherlands, according to analysis from the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), while about 45,000 men have a recipe for it. This would mean that about 70 percent of the erectile pills used in the Netherlands were illegally obtained.
Some men use Viagra if they are under the influence of drugs. The illegal trade goes through various ways, explains Ruud Coolen van Brakel, director of the Institute for Responsible Medicine. “From under the counter to via the internet. The pills are available in many different places.”
The most popular counterfeit viagra is Kamagra.
Young men also barely receive a prescription for viagra with the GP, especially when it comes to recreational use. Men should really be able to demonstrate to the doctor that they suffer from erectile dysfunction. “These are the means you prefer not to ask, but illegal use is very dangerous. A doctor can tell you that it is harmful to you.”
That confirms GP Robert Mol. “When i was a younger men, I often wrote up to a maximum of four pills.” He also feels that viagra has become more popular among young men.
From illegal circuit
Mol believes that legal viagra should come into free sales so people do not have to go further with the GP. “If medication like Brufen and Diclofenac can be obtained in free sales, I think that should also be possible with remedies.”
The Institute for Responsible Medicinal Use also pleads for free sales. That has many advantages, says the spokesman. “Free sales can counteract illegal sales, reduce the health risks due to fake medication, reduce the threshold for men who do not dare to buy viagra from shame and may be given a pharmacist’s advice.”
Five years ago, the institute pleaded for free sales, when illegal Viagra was on its way, but nothing changed.
Medicinal products from the illegal circuit also involve other risks, beyond the usual risks: those of an unreliable product. “For example, forged shelf life and impure raw materials. These risks can be increased by using alcohol, drugs or one’s health,” says a spokesman for the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment.
The Dutch Family Practitioner (NHG) is against the provision of erectile pills without a doctor’s prescription by the pharmacy. “Who then oversees the responsible use of an erection pill?”, Peter Leusink asks. He is from the NHG Expert Group on Sexual Health. “For men who have had a stroke or heart attack in the six months before use, or men who use certain medication for narrowed coronary arteries, an erection pill may be dangerous.”
Common “normal” side effects in Viagra are headache and bleeding, less frequent side effects include dizziness, vomiting and vision effects.
According to Leusink, somebody has to ensure that men in the risk group do not use the drug. “In addition, the medicine will only work optimally with good guidance. It is not a cure that you are getting an erection of.”
Although Leusink’s erectile dummy is an innocent drug, he advises young people not to use the drug. In recreational use it is not at all effective. The erection problems are even worse because they depend mentally on it. And research shows that you can get lost later on. And if they do, then that’s not a big problem. The side effects are minimal and short-lived.
A boy who sells Kamagra erectile pills, says he is seeing an increase in the number of youngsters who recently bought Viagra. “Recently, a lot of young men have been used lately.” He sells the pills for 5 to 10 euros each. “It depends on how much they buy.”
He tells that there are several reasons why people buy him Viagra. “I have a regular client who does not like his girlfriend, but others want to experiment.”
Experiment … and fun
Peter also wanted to experiment (not his real name). “I just wanted to be fun.” He has done it three times now. “I thought you could go through for hours and that’s how it is,” he says. “But after the peak, you’re less likely to continue. And then you’re still with that erection that does not leave …”