NAN reports that sex enhancing drugs, also known as ‘erectile dysfunction drugs’, are predominantly patronized and used by men rather than women.
He also reports that erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or maintain an erection that is firm enough to have sex.
Commenting, Dr Ayodele Ademola, a consulting gynecologist, said that it is not advisable to use sex enhancing drugs except when it becomes exceptionally necessary and should be used under strict medical prescription and supervision.
Ayodele, also medical director of StrongTower Hospital and the Advanced Fertility Center, a private medical facility based in Lagos, said the use of sex enhancement drugs could cause cardiovascular disease such as hypertension, heart failure and other related diseases.
According to him, there are many cases where people who used sex enhancing drugs ended up losing their lives.
“I had a situation where two elderly couples who were taking erectile dysfunction medication simultaneously had a heart attack and died.
“In addition, a young man of about 45, who overdosed on tramadol in an attempt to improve his sexual performance, also died during sexual intercourse.
“If someone has a potency problem, it is advisable that that person see a doctor, rather than using enhancement drugs, as it has many underlying side effects that can lead to complete loss of blood. life, ”Ayodele said.
The expert therefore advised people with potency issues to avoid self-medication or the use of enhancement drugs, urging them to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
He said people with high blood pressure, diabetes and the elderly were at a higher risk of using sex-enhancing drugs, advising them to avoid using them altogether, saying they could fall dead in the process.
Contributing, Dr Joseph Akinde, President of the Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SGON), Lagos Chapter, advised people to abstain from drug use in an effort to improve sexual performance.
Akinde said some people abuse drugs to take too much to improve sexual performance, noting that most drugs sometimes weren’t specifically designed to improve potency.
He decried the use of tramadol, binge drinking, over-the-counter enhancement drugs and other toxic substances to boost libido, adding that such approaches were typical drug abuse and could lead to more bad than good.
Akinde listed some health implications of over-the-counter men’s health enhancing drugs, including damage to the urethra, permanent difficulty maintaining an erection, permanent problems with urination, penile “fractures”. causing bleeding and requiring surgery and dangerous drops in blood pressure.
In his comments, Dr Patrick Omogbohun, a general practitioner, urged people to be more aware of what they eat, saying diet and lifestyle may be contributing to the potency problem.
Omogbohun, also medical director of MercyWay Medical Center, Ejigbo, said diets high in saturated fat were linked to heart disease, adding that men with heart disease were more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.
He said changes in diet, exercise, reducing smoking and alcohol consumption could reduce the risk of developing conditions such as obesity and cardiovascular disease that could lead to erectile dysfunction.
“Healthy lifestyles such as exercising regularly, eating a varied and nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol consumption and avoiding smoking must be maintained,” Omogbohun said.
In addition, a general practitioner, Dr Tunji Akintade, said the use of sex-enhancing drugs for both men and women is normal and can strengthen their bond.
Akintade advised people with heart problems to refrain from using sex-enhancing drugs, saying the drugs portended dangers, which could be fatal.
He said such drugs could “drop their blood pressure dangerously low.”
The expert also warned people with severe liver failure or end-stage kidney disease requiring dialysis to avoid sex enhancement products.
He said continued use of these drugs can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome or erectile dysfunction in both men and women.
In his remarks, Dr Adeniyi Adelodun, a medical parasitologist, said the most common side effects of sex enhancement drugs were headache, stomach ache, nasal congestion, muscle pain and pain. redness of the face.
Adelodun said most of these symptoms were relatively mild and went away after a few hours.
“Erectile dysfunction drugs can temporarily lower blood pressure; therefore, never use them, if you are also taking drugs containing nitrates.
“Priapism (long-lasting and sometimes painful erection) hypotension, if Viagra is taken with certain other medications.
“Cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks, irregular heartbeats, or strokes, mostly occur in people with heart disease,” he said.
Adelodun said there was no particular reason for men and women to take it, but based on an individual decision.
In addition, Dr. Olamide Olowoyo, consultant physician and nephrologist, advised people with erectile dysfunction to see a doctor instead of taking concoctions and drugs to improve their sexuality.
Olowoyo, who works at the Ebute Meta Federal Medical Center in Lagos, said preparations or drugs to improve sexual performance could lead to unpredictable health risks.
“We have seen many cases of people, especially men taking a line of products to improve their sexual performance.
“Some people take herbal concoctions and dedication without a prescription, which is very worrying because of the damaging effects on their bodies.
“For some people it increases their blood pressure, causes angina (chest pain), heart attack and for some it affects their kidneys because of the toxin and others.
“For the kidney, the toxins in these herbal preparations affect the kidney and block the kidney and some of these people will need dialysis to get rid of this toxin.
“Even after having dialysis, because of the kidney damage, she can progress to acute kidney disease.
“Young people in Nigeria suffer from advanced kidney disease because some of them have been taking herbal preparations for a long time,” she said.
According to her, the causes of erectile dysfunction can be hormonal, due to the comorbidities that these individuals have or to a psychological effect.
Olowoyo called for regulations that would help regulate the use of drugs in the country.
“We don’t really enforce the drug regulations, people can just walk around and say I want to buy a particular drug and get it over the counter without any prescription from the doctors.
“This is a call to concern that needs to be addressed urgently,” she said.
Commenting, Mr Remi Gbadebo, a businessman, said that many people use drugs or preparations to improve sex, not because they have erectile dysfunction, but to impress their partner (s) ( s).
“One of the main reasons I know why people take sexuality enhancing drugs is to impress their partners during sex.
“It’s not that most of them can’t play, but they want to leave a lasting memory in the minds of their partners,” said Gbadebo.
Also, Mr. Samuel Adeolu, an auto mechanic, said he used to take herbal concoctions every now and then to improve his sexual performance.
“I used to take herbal medicine, but not always, and I don’t see anything wrong with it,” Adeolu said.
In addition, Mr Michael Olaitan, a businessman, said he was forced to take enhancement medication the night his wife complained of sexual satisfaction.
Olaitan, however, said he was aware of the side effects of the drugs, hence his resolve to take it sparingly based on medical advice. (NOPE)
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