The society stated that the drugs, locally known as the ‘blue pill’ could lead to severe side effects like lose of vision and heart failure if used wrongly and without prescription from a qualified medical practitioner .
A local media platform, Citizen TV, who went round the city, observed that at least four of such drugs were available in the market in different brand names such as Viagra, Strendra, Cialis and Levitra.
The drugs are in various doses such as 25mg, 50mg and 100mg which are taken at least an hour before the engagement, and a person may only take one pill once daily.
According to medical expert in the country, the drugs are effective up to 70% for men who have issues with erectile dysfunction, but the drug has to be used with prescription from a medical expert, and the warning from the pharmaceutical society on the increased misuse of the drugs is worthy of note.
The society in their statement clearly explained that the wrong usage of the drugs could lead to many side effects like nose bleeding, insomnia and even serious ones like lose of vision and heart complications.
While some people may experience dizziness, headaches, prolonged erection, compromised breathing or even death
The citizens of the country have been advised to consult their doctors if they experience any of the symptoms in the use of the blue pill so as to save their lives.
It was gathered that both old and younger men are now using the blue pills for pleasure, without considering the deadly consequences when not prescribed.
According to medical experts, the younger ones may experience priapism – persistent erection , with the older men losing their lives if the pills react negatively with their underlying diseases or medications.
Some men may become addicted to the drug due to continuous usage and making them to depend on the drug for erection before intercourse, which may eventually lead to erectile dysfunction in such men.
The country’s Pharmacy and Poisons Board in the Ministry of Health said that it’s illegal to sell these drugs without prescriptions.
“They should be male above 18 and should have a diagnosis of erectile dysfunction from a medical practitioner…for all drugs approved by pharmacy board they should only be sold by prescription,” the board’s Pamela Nambwa told Citizen TV.