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The Most Outrageous Ways People Have Taken Viagra

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The Most Outrageous Ways People Have Taken Viagra 

 

The discovery of Viagra was groundbreaking. Up until its invention in 1998, the only treatment options for erectile dysfunction (ED) were a self-administered injection into the penis or a grizzly prosthetic implan

But now that sildenafil (the active ingredient in Viagra) has been widely used to treat ED for the last two decades, it seems some people have grown bored of simply popping the little blue pill in their mouth with a bit of water. 

Everything from vaping the sex drug to infusing it with ice-cream has been attempted over the years. To highlight the lengths individuals have gone to to benefit from its effects, here are some of the most outrageous ways people have taken Viagra. 

Vaping viagra

E-liquids – flavoured liquids used in e-cigarettes and vape pens – come in some pretty outlandish flavours. Nacho cheese, birthday cake, and even garlic bread are just a few of the bizarre flavours available on the internet. But in 2018 HelloCig Electronic Technology went a step too far by offering two e-liquid flavours containing sildenafil (the active ingredient in Viagra) and tadalafil (the active ingredient in Cialis). 

The China-based company very quickly came under fire from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for illegally selling the e-liquids online. The agency gave them 15 days to address the issue and reminded the public that “vaping active drug ingredients is an ineffective route of delivery and can be dangerous. There are no e-liquids that contain prescription drugs that have been proven safe or effective through this route of administration”. 

Before the FDA’s statement was issued, however, HelloCig Electronic Technology were hell-bent on trying to get as many people as possible to try their illicit products. They took to Twitter and Tumblr with an advert that read “WOOOOW, Have you tried our E-Cialis? It is amazing LOL Check out” [sic], and provided a link to the product with an image of “a partially undressed couple embracing.”

Not only is it illegal to sell a medical product that has not been approved by the FDA (in this case, the sildenafil and tadalafil E-liquids), but doing so can also have serious health consequences. Sildenafil is unsuitable for those with severe heart conditions and can interact with nitrates and other medications used to treat blood pressure or heart disease. If sildenafil is taken by someone who shouldn’t take it, it may cause a heart attack. 

HelloCig Electronic Technology have since removed the products, stating “Our aim is to fully comply with all FDA regulations, both in letter and spirit”. 

Drinking Viagra in fruit juice

Football teams have been known to do anything to get the upper hand. In 2010 the Pervian football team Hijos de Acosvinchos were thrashed 3-0 by rivals Sport Ancash after four of Hijos’ players passed out during the game. Hospital tests revealed all four players had benzodiazepine in their blood – a sleeping drug used to treat insomnia. 

Of course, this discovery sparked outrage. The Hijos claimed their water was spiked by the opposing side during a match break, however Ancash chairman Pele Mallqui hit back with a “watertight” rebuttal — insisting a heavily seasoned pre-game chicken dish was to blame. 

“They ate barbecued chicken with spices and ended up taking indigestion tablets afterwards,” he asserted. “I’m sure these four men fainted because of that and the physical effort they put in”. 

But this isn’t the first time a football team has had their beverages spiked with a pharmaceutical drug. The year before, a Bolivian football team had their pre-game juice laced with Viagra by an overzealous physiotherapist. He claimed this was to help the players cope with playing at a high altitude, however the players were unaware that they had even taken the sex drug. 

In an attempt to cover his back, he claimed “we prescribed it for several players, especially those who suffered most from altitude”. He assured the media (albeit after the incident) that Viagra was not on the list of banned performance enhancing drugs. Commenting on its effects on the team’s performance, he simply stated “at altitude you win, you draw, you lose. The best results came when the team relied on strong tactical nous”.

Eating Viagra “Love Dessert” 

Oysters, dark chocolate, and cherries are famous for their supposed libido-boosting aphrodisiac properties. But cooking students in Colombia took it upon themselves to engineer their own aphrodisiac by creating the “Love Dessert” – a pudding made of passionfruit pulp, chocolate hearts, and dissolved Viagra. 

The students unveiled the daring dessert at a culinary show in Bogotá, where attendees queued up to try the exclusive dish. This once in a lifetime opportunity was a treat for the guests, as the Love Dessert could not be sold or served in restaurants because its main ingredient, sildenafil, is a prescription-only drug. 

But the Colombian students are not the only ones to have incorporated the famous love drug into a tasty dessert. Charlie Harry Francis, a British ice-cream maker and founder of Lick Me I’m Delicious, was commissioned by a secret A-list celebrity to create a Viagra-infused ice cream for a party. 

His creation – which he nicknamed the “Arousal” flavour – contained 25mg of Viagra (the maximum daily dose of Viagra is 100mg) and was champagne flavoured. No more could be revealed about the mystery client or the party it was used for as Charlie was asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. 

Like the Love Dessert, the saucy sorbet can not be sold to the public as, once again, sildenafil is a prescription-only drug. However if could be sold, it would no doubt bring some stiff competition to the ice-cream market.

Drinking Viagra energy drink

Everyone knows that Redbull supposedly “gives you wings”, but one Zambian energy drink came under fire this year for giving its consumers a little more than a set of wings. Power Natural High Energy Drink SX was found to contain sildenafil – despite it making no mention of the ingredient on its packaging. 

Instead, the beverage (which is sold in supermarkets and by street vendors across the country) states that it “increases libido” and is an “aphrodisiac”. Surprisingly, demand for the product has skyrocketed since it was found to contain the sex drug. 

Although Zambia has banned the sale of the drink, it can apparently still be bought in shops in the capital, Lusaka. The flag was originally raised after a Ugandan man complained it caused him to have a prolonged erection. Although this may not sound like much of a problem, a long-lasting erection (known as priapism) can cause permanent damage to the penis if left untreated. 

Vikas Kapoor, the general manager for Revin Zambia (the company that makes Natural High Energy Drink SX), told the BBC that he was unaware the energy drink contained sildenafil. However, extensive testing by Zimbabwe and South Africa confirmed a positive presence of the drug. 

At the time the story was first reported by the BBC it was still being exported to neighbouring countries Uganda, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Malawi has since banned the drink, but whether it is still being imported to other countries remains unclear. 






 

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