Viagra, Meridia, Prozac available on the Internet without a prescription
It is possible to buy all sorts of medication over the Internet. Also those, which normally require a prescription from a doctor. There are two main types which are hugely popular: weight loss pills and Viagra. According to an Internet monitoring company - Envisional – so-called Internet pharmacies are subjecting customers to the risk of taking defective drugs and ordinary forgeries.
Medicine issued without a prescription appeared a while ago in pharmacies, virtually all over the European Union. They are sold without any control or conflict with the law. It is a fact that Great Britain, Holland and Germany admit the sale of drugs over the Internet, but after previously filling out a long form, which is designed to replace a doctor’s visit. Based on the information in this form, an online doctor issues a prescription.
You can buy anything over the Internet
However the sale of prescription medicine over the Internet is prohibited in other EU countries. Question: so what, if you don’t have to even search that long to find a website selling Viagra or weight loss pills like Meridia or Adipex.
According to the Envisional report all types of prescription medicine is available online. Moreover, you can even buy the majority of those withdrawn from sale. The most popular are drugs treating sexual dysfunction, obesity, hair loss, even depression or sleeping disorders.
A separate category includes prohibited substances, which increase body efficiency or change the hormonal balance – for example EPO so popular following the Lance Armstrong controversy – which are especially sought after.
Contraceptives sell very well online – Envisional explains this as a reluctance of most women to go the gynecologist solely for a prescription, additionally paying for the visit and wasting time waiting in the queue. Purchasing contraceptives online takes only a few minutes and is usually cheaper.
Studies performed in the EU have shown, that the market of drugs sold through the Internet is worth around USD 4,4 billion dollars.
The dark side of buying medication
The dark side of such transactions is that nearly half the medicine purchased online comes from an unknown source. Additionally, most customers are not quite aware of the risk. Research indicates, that only a fraction of people actually read the leaflet containing information on ingredients, contraindications or side effects.
Frequently purchased Viagra can be dangerous for people with heart or cardiovascular problems as well as those taking medication regulating blood pressure.
We buy weight loss pills most frequently
Weight loss pills sold over the Internet can also be dangerous or ineffective. The weight loss supplement market is the largest in the world in terms of Internet sales. It has the highest competition and generates the highest profits. Therefore often obese people are sold effective but dangerous medication. Let’s be honest: a product immediately restraining hunger and causing instantaneous weight loss cannot be healthy. Reduction of weight should take place slowly, supported by a suitable diet and exercise. Only then should we reach for a herbal supplement, which will multiply the effect of the latter.
Unfortunately, practice shows that we are opportunists and we reach for easy solutions, such as weight loss pills. Taking one pill is meant to replace a diet and exercise. Normal herbal supplements become insufficient because we have to wait a long time for the effects, therefore we buy stronger equivalents which will definitely allow us to reach our desired goal. Frequently this is medication with high psychoactive substances which is dangerous to our health. Long-term use of such weight loss products destroys our body and causes the yo-yo effect, which later becomes a huge problem.
Envisional is raising an alarm and appealing to EU countries to implement an international law, which would solve the problem of uncontrolled medication sales online.
The Chariman of Envisional Brian Earle said, that most pharmacies are already selling medication abroad, in countries in which it is not yet permitted, at the same time avoiding legal consequences in their own country.
Herbal supplements are safe
It must be remembered that certain medication has herbal substitutes, thanks to which it is possible to achieve the desired effect, however they require some patience in terms of results. This particularly refers to weight loss.
Herbs are relatively safe, and knowledge about them general and readily available. Additionally, it is possible to easily control their effects.
In EU countries doctors only recommend the use of non-prescription products, which have naturally occurring substances.
The use of others should always be consulted earlier with a doctor.
10 prescription medications most frequently purchased online:
Viagra (erectile dysfunction)
Xenical (weight loss)
Phentermine (weight loss)
Meridia (weight loss)
Bontril (weight loss)
Propecia (hair loss)
Celebrex (arthritis, rheumatism)
Ionamin (weight loss)
Adipex (weight loss)