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DEA warns of fake erectile dysfunctional pills

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It once was a subject most men never talked about.

A taboo, but in these days of social media and the web more people are talking about erectile dysfunction. Now there is a demand for black market pills as our Yami Virgin reports on this week's on the front lines with the DEA.

They go by many names Viagra Cialis or their chemical names sildenafil or tadalafil. Advertisement for them are on everywhere from TV to the internet

Erectile dysfunction pills, or ED medication, for men are also in high demand and being sold illegally on the web and out on the streets.

While some may medically need them other use them for recreation.

Dr. Sushma Ramsinghani is the Assistant Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of the Incarnate Word.

She says that even if you think you bought the right stuff from the black market, you don't know how your body will react to it.

"They may take too much, too little, where the effect may not be as wanted or maybe two exaggerated," said Dr. Ramisinghani.

These ED pills require a prescription because of their possible effects on men who have recently had a heart attack, have low blood pressure, have severe heart problems,

severe liver problem or suffer from a rare inherited eye disease.

"With some of these ED drugs, you know you can have like palpitations. There can also be visual changes, you know there could be loss of vision with some of these drugs. And so that is a real danger"

Dr. Ramsinghani says other side effects of the active chemical phosphodiesterase inhibitors, can be a bit embarrassing and could land you in an emergency room.

When asked what are the other risks? "You can have an erection for two days, that could actually happen," said Dr. Ramsinghani.

There is no way to determine that the pills are authentic by just looking at them.

"It's hard to tell because you know people who make these counterfeit medications, they really get good at it. And so it's sometimes very hard."

The best advice is for you to go to a doctor and buy the pills from a licensed seller like a pharmacy.

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