The main complaint to the drugs is the presence of an active substance that was not declared during registration, since there is nothing dangerous in tadalafil itself – it is contained in almost all dietary supplements to increase a man’s sexual capabilities.
So, at the end of April 2015, the Association of Manufacturers of Dietary Supplements to Food (SRO NPP BAD), together with the Union of Professional Pharmaceutical Organizations and the Pharmacy Guild, made a control purchase and examined bioadditives advertised as natural potency stimulants. Samples of six brands included in the top 10 in terms of sales for 2014 were selected for analysis. The results of laboratory examination showed that they contain undeclared synthetic components of prescription drugs, and in the vast majority of cases it was tadalafil.
Why it’s needed
The substance tadalafil was developed for the treatment of erectile dysfunction by the pharmaceutical company Icos Corporation, which was subsequently absorbed by the American corporation Eli Lilly. The drug entered the market under the brand name “Cialis” and became one of the main competitors of the famous “Viagra” from the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. Another medicine for potency, Levitra, was invented by another representative of Big Pharma, Bayer. All these drugs have one purpose – increasing potency, although the active substances in the drugs are different (sildenafil and vardenafil).
Tadalafil is characterized by a duration of action, the desired effect is achieved due to the ability of the substance to relax the muscles and increase blood flow in the reproductive organs for almost 36 hours. For this reason, the drug was widely used among the male population of different countries. Today, tablets are sold freely in almost all pharmacies in the country.
Recently, dietary supplements of a similar action are gaining popularity. So, according to the DSM Group, in 2014 the top 7 best-selling dietary supplements in ia included three drugs to improve potency: Sealex, Ali caps and Tongkat – they accounted for 11.5 percent of all-ian sales of dietary supplements .
According to the head of the SRO NPP Dietary supplement, the market for dietary supplements for potency is approximately five billion rubles a year. In March alone, according to the marketing agency DSM Group, which specializes in monitoring the pharmaceutical sectors, ians bought 968 thousand packages of Sealex forte, 31 thousand packages of Ali caps, 13 thousand packages of Vuka-Vuka, eight thousand packages of Lovelas .
And with such huge sales no complaints about the effect of these additives have been reported. Some structures became interested in drugs only after treatment … SRO NPP BAD is a kind of trade union of manufacturers of bioadditives (for more details, see the publication “You Were Not Here” ). According to representatives of this organization, the medicinal substance tadalafil with uncontrolled intake can cause cardiac arrest, and therefore should be sold by prescription. Interestingly, Cialis itself, as well as Viagra and Levitra, can easily be bought without a prescription. Moreover, the manufacturer of Cialis – the company Eli Lilly – several years ago announced plans to make the drug over-the-counter.
The influence of tadalafil on human health is small, MD: “Like any medicine, this pharmaceutical substance has side effects, but there are not many of them – for example, it can be headaches and back pain.” His words are confirmed by a study of ian scientists published in 2011 in the ian Medical Journal. According to its results, tadalafil effectively fights impotence and has few side effects. The experiment was attended by 268 men. “The study did not reveal any serious side effects,” the study said. The most common were dyspepsia (abnormalities in the stomach), headache, lower back pain, “flu-like symptoms”, arterial hypertension (increased pressure), rhinopharyngitis (inflammation of the throat and nose). There was no talk of any cardiac arrest.