The Internet is now the most readily accessible and easiest methods for accessing medical information and treatments for ED by the public. Various studies have shown that over 50% of United Kingdom has access to the Internet and up to 65% of users were seeking health or medical information. Many websites both illegal and regulated now offer an Online Doctor service to address health and medical issues in conjunction with the sale of products that may alleviate health problems and diseases. Online Doctors now can prescribe prescription-only drugs after a medical consultation online. Between 1990 and 1997, there was a 380% increase in the use of herbal remedies and in 2001 over half the population of America were regularly taking herbal supplements.
Herbal treatments are health supplements. Since Viagra (sildenafil) was first introduced as an effective tablet treatment for ED by Pfizer in 1998, there has been a rise in the sale of herbal substitutes of Viagra on the Internet. Many websites, due to Viagra being such a well established brand name, use the term “Herbal Viagra” to advertise their treatments for ED. However the safety of herbal treatments purchased from the Internet is in doubt. Specifically, the quality and reliability of medical information provided by websites providing herbal treatments for ED is unknown.
Conclusion: Acquiring medical information regarding ED and purchasing treatments such as Herbal Viagra from the Internet is convenient and easy however the safety and reliability of such websites and treatments are poor. Websites not accredited by the Care Quality Commission or offshore Online Doctor websites should be used by patients with caution, especially when used to acquire Herbal Erectile Dysfunction treatment.
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