Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pour Me A Stiff One

Pour Me A Stiff One
There was a time when you'd ask your bartender to "pour me a stiff one" and the bartender would oblige you with a shot of whiskey.

Times have changed my friends.

Concerned about the family jewels, Scottish brewing company, Brew Dog, has announced a new beer made specifically for the Royal wedding.

It's called "Royal Virility Performance," and it's an India Pale Ale marketed as containing herbal Viagra, chocolate, goat weed and a "healthy dose of sarcasm."

Now, I know what you're thinking.

But, as any cynical pharmacist would tell you, Royal Virility Performance probably isn't laced with "actual" Viagra (sildenafil) because, like in the United States, sildenafil is a prescription product requiring a visit to your doctor first (or available from some pharmacists in the UK).

However, it may contain other OTC purported aphrodisiacs like Horny Goat Weed, chocolate, and even perhaps, an "analog" of sildenafil which hasn't been tested and approved for safety and efficacy by the people looking out for your health and welfare.

If so, that would put Royal Virility Performance in the same category as other unapproved liquid aphrodisiacs, like Magic Coffee, which could possibly cause serious harm, or even death. So, what I tell my patients is "why take the chance of something going wrong when a product is only "marketed" as, and not "proven" to be, an aphrodisiac?"

Be safe and don't buy into all of the bullshit. If you really need something OTC to put a little spice in your life, try something that has been "marketed" as an aphrodisiac, but has also been "proven" NOT to be harmful when taken as directed?

It's easy to find and not that expensive to buy. Stop by your local pharmacy and ask your pharmacist to point it out to you in the vitamin section.


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    Source: Pfizer to remove "breast health" and "colon health" claims from Centrum multivitamins

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