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‘Sex drugs dangerous’

By Mirirai Nsingo / Published on Monday, 17 Oct 2016 13:36 PM / No Comments / 3549 views

17 October 2016

Minister Parirenyatwa
Minister Parirenyatwa

THE MINISTER of Health and Child Care, David Parirenyatwa, has warned the public, especially men, against the use of sex enhancers which he said had serious effects especially on the liver and the kidneys.

His sentiments come in the wake of a report by H-Metro which revealed that sex enhancing pills have become the most sought-after drugs by men.

“It’s quite disturbing that people continue to buy drugs from street corners. Reports that these sex-enhancers being sold in the black market are on demand are really disturbing.

“These could be extremely dangerous drugs that can damage the liver, kidneys and because they are hormonal, some of them end up causing breast enlargement in men,” he said.

Minister Parirenyatwa said while he admitted that issues of sexual dysfunction, early ejaculation were real, he urged all those with the problem to seek specialised care and avoid buying pills from illicit market.

“I know that these issues are real but we encourage those with the problem to approach a health facility and see a specialist rather than for people to harm their bodies by taking these pills.

“Some of these sexual dysfunction challenges could also be psychological hence it is important for people to seek treatment rather than doing self diagnosis,” added Minister Parirenyatwa.

While Medicines Control Authority (MCAZ)banned the selling of some sex enhancement drugs in the country’s pharmacies a few years back, the demand for the pills has continued to rise with sexually struggling men turning to the illicit market.

MCAZ said the ban sought to protect the health of the public but it appears the same public is now at the mercy of black market vendors who can sell anything in the name of the sought-after sex enhancing pills.

Among the most sought after medicines are Oto, wild horse, viamax coffee, and power one, all which were banned by (MCAZ).

Viagra, whose generic name is sildenafil and tadalafil, is the only MCAZ registered drug (used by some as an aphrodisiac) in the country.

According to the MCAZ, the ban was of national interest as no specific product was developed as an aphrodisiac hence there is no scientific evidence that they really work.

MCAZ spokesperson Richard Rukwata recently admitted that the ban had not effected on the demand of the drugs although he insisted that the ban was for a good cause.

“It was a decision (ban) that we made after realising that the country’s pharmacies were now flooded by these sex enhancement drugs in the absence of scientific basis that they worked. We had to do something to control this influx that could harm the nation as some of the drugs were likely to be adulterated by harmful medicines.

“It is unfortunate that these same medicines that we banned in our licit market have found their way into the illicit market and we will continue with our awareness campaigns that the public should stop buying drugs from unorthodox points,” he said.

According to a local doctor, even sildenafil (Viagra) was not initially manufactured to enhance sex but was only developed after it was discovered that sex enhancement was amongst drug’s side effects.

“Sildenafil was initially developed as a medicine for pulmonary congestion but it was only modified after it was discovered that it enhanced sex. However all these drugs, sildenafil and tadalafil should only be given under strict prescription after a person has been examined by the doctor.

“These are not medicines that can be bought over the counter as the patient would first need an intensive medical examination. The public should however also note that sexual life is also determined by one’s age as the body regulates itself sexually with age.”