The term ‘Viagra’ has become so ingrained in public discourse that it is a term given to just about anything which increases erectile potency. Natural remedies are referred to as ‘Herbal Viagra’ and, worryingly, cut-price and unregulated medications have obtained the moniker ‘Cheap Viagra’.

In recent years, the black market has become flooded with either illegal or unlicensed imitations of the popular drug, some of which are offered at a discount or a reduced price, or even as a free sample.

Kamagra

Kamagra is one such example. This drug, which is available to buy without a prescription in India, cannot legally be sold in the UK. However, some men in this country do manage to obtain it, but obviously do not go through the correct channels and checks necessary to make sure it is suitable for them. As a result, these patients could be putting their lives in danger.

Counterfeit Viagra

Fake or counterfeit versions of Viagra are also a problem in the UK. They are often offered at a discount or as a free sample. Manufactured in uncontrolled conditions, these versions often contain potentially harmful substances, have not been subjected to appropriate testing, and are obviously illegal.

What your impotence treatment order should look like

Below, we’ve provided some pictures to give you an insight into how to spot counterfeit products.

  1. Viagra should:

  • be blue
  • be diamond-shaped
  • have the letters ‘VGR’ followed by the dosage number engraved on one side
  • have the official ‘Pfizer’ logo engraved on the other side
  • be sealed in a branded blister pack as shown
  • carry a dosage of 25, 50 or 100mg
  • be hard and film-coated, and produce no taste prior to swallowing
  1. Furthermore:

  • each blister pack contains four tablets
  • packs will always contain a multiple of four tablets up to a maximum of 32
  • the box will also be branded, and display a Pfizer hologram
  • the box will have braille inscriptions
  • this will contain both your medicine and a patient information leaflet
  1. Viagra should not:

  • be a different colour or shape
  • come in any other dosage amounts other than those stated above
  • have anything other than the above figures etched on them
  • be supplied loose, without a blister pack
  • be supplied in a non-branded box
  • come in packs which are not in denominations of four
  • be damaged or look as if they have been tampered with
  • have a flavour

What does genuine Viagra look like?

  1. Picture of the box

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  1. Pictures of the pack (recto/verso)

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  1. Pictures of the pill itself (recto/verso)

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The Dangers of 'Cheap' Viagra

Cost is a huge factor for many people wanting to get treated for ED. But the truth is, while Viagra is certainly affordable, it isn’t a cut-price or ‘cheap’ drug.

The most important aspect of buying ED pills to consider is your safety. Impotence treatments are not available for free or over-the-counter in the UK for a reason; because they are not suitable for everyone.

If you have a history of certain medical conditions, particularly those related to the heart and arteries, then taking these sorts of treatments could be hazardous to your health, and maybe even fatal.

Fortunately, people are more becoming more aware of the pitfalls of online pharmacy scams. As shown in the graph below, the terms ‘free’ and ‘cheap’ Viagra have become searched with diminishing frequency over the past decade:

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Where can I buy Viagra safely?

The dangers of buying cheap prescription treatments online are often cited by practitioners as a reason to only ever purchase drugs like Viagra in person. And it’s true that you should always be wary of sites offering cheap Viagra at discount prices, complimentary trials or free samples (it is illegal in the UK for any pharmacy to issue the drug free of charge).

But it is possible and simple to buy Viagra online safely. Our site provides further advice on what credentials to look for when obtaining treatment over the internet, and how to make sure you’re getting a genuine product.