Viagra offers excitement, danger

Laura Czingula, Editor in Chief
Laura Czingula, Editor in Chief

A new sex craze has hit the country. Viagra, the new pill that conquers impotence, is everywhere and almost everyone is talking about it.

However, some of you may be asking, “What is Viagra?” Since we are a younger generation and most men between the ages of 18-24 do not have an impotence problem, we have heard little about it.

The funny shaped, blue pill is the hottest new drug around. Drug stores cannot even keep it in the stock. During its first two weeks on the market, 36,809 prescriptions were sold and at least 10,000 scripts a day are still being prescribed to men.

Viagra is designed to cure impotence and afflicted men all over are excited about it, as well as men without an erection problem.

I, for one, feel nature should not be messed with, but if a man with an impotence problem wants to take the pill, so be it. However, God does things for certain reasons and if he made a man impotent, than that is the way he should stay. Taking drugs and messing with his system is dangerous and not healthy.

Plus, as we all know, drugs of any kind are bad for you. I do not care what research scientists have done, there are going to be side effects and it is not going to be a pretty sight.

This new drug may help millions of men, but it is not a sexual cure-all. It is not a aphrodisiac; it will not work in the absence of desire. Nor will it make a normal erection harder or make one last longer. It will not save a marriage, as some are insisting it will do. In fact, there are some risks to taking Viagra (as there always are) that everyone, whether sexually dysfunctional or merely dissatisfied, should consider before rushing to the pharmacy.

1. One in 10 men in the clinical trials developed blinding headaches that grew more severe at higher doses.

2. Because the eyes contain an enzyme similar to the one Viagra targets in the penis, about 3 percent of users develop temporary vision problems, ranging from blurred vision to a blue or green halo effect.

3. Viagra can trigger sudden drops in blood pressure, and there is a risk that men who take it in combination with nitroglycerin or other antihypertensive drugs could faint or go into shock.

4. Although it never happened in the trials, there is a theoretical risk that men with sickle-cell anemia, leukemia or urethral inflammation could, when taking Viagra, develop priapism. Untreated, priapism can lead to tissue damage and even impotence. (Sort of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?)

5. Sometimes impotence is an early indicator of heart disease, diabetes and some types of cancer. Taking Viagra could mask these life-threatening conditions. Men with coronary problems who have not had sex for many years should consult their doctors before putting too much strain on a weakened heart.

6. Nobody knows the long-term effects of large doses of Viagra, especially on men who take it for the wrong reason. Although it is a relatively safe drug, there is a possibility that users will become psychologically dependent it and unable to achieve an erection without Viagra.

This new drug could mean many bad things for the future. Could this be the end of sex as we know it? Twenty years from now will men everywhere have to depend on a drug for an erection?

I could just see it now; my boyfriend and I are sitting around watching television and he tells me, “C’mon baby, I just took the pill, let’s get it on.” I don’t think so!

Or how about this scenario, “I’m all out of Viagra, go run down to the pharmacy so we can have sex tonight.”

Relying on a pill for an erection does not appeal to me at all. What a turn off for the women of today.

Making love is suppose to be a romantic thing that happens between two people. And a man is supposed to get an erection when the time is right, not whenever he feels like popping a pill into his mouth to do the job for him.

If you are a man and are not impotent, think twice about making the choice of taking Viagra.

Laura Czingula, a senior journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at czingula@ulv.edu.

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