The drug intended to reclaim sex for the over 60s is now the number one party pill for the under 30s.

Viagra has become popular with partygoers, who combine it with other drugs to ensure they have a good night at the end of the night.



“Viagra has been the number one party pill since it was released,” said Paul Quigley, emergency medicine specialist at Wellington Hospital.



Partygoers report many party pills and illicit drugs make them amorous but unable to perform. They see Viagra and other similar drugs as the perfect finale to their weekend cocktail.



“Most recreational drugs make you very randy but you can’t do much about it,” said Quigley, an expert in recreational drugs. “That’s the standard mix to go out in the evening – to make sure you take some Viagra with you.”



Viagra is a common addition to illegal party pill packs combined with “uppers” for Friday and Saturday night, as well as “downers” to help clubbers sleep on Sunday before work.



One 30-something, who shared half a pill with her partner after a night out, said it made little difference to the sex, but the side-effects were “ferocious”.



“I felt dreadful. It took me days to recover. He couldn’t go to the toilet properly for days.”



Quigley said there was no obvious harm from taking the drug, and it was not addictive. Some users preferred to take Viagra alongside cocaine as the impotence medicine opened the blood vessels and reduced the risks of heart attack.



Other doctors and hospital emergency staff told the Sunday Star-Times they knew the practice was common and had not seen any problems with Viagra reacting with other drugs.



But Aids Foundation spokesman Steve Attwood said having sex after taking drugs was a concern.



“Getting high, getting drunk, getting stoned, and then having sex is a bad idea. It’s a lot harder to remember to use condoms if you’re high.”



Christchurch School of Medicine general practice professor Les Toop also warned against the trend. “It’s a dangerous cocktail. Prescription medicines essentially are being used in a recreational way.”



Toop said drug companies were targeting younger men with advertising focusing not only on erectile dysfunction but also promising better sex.



Attwood said such marketing could make men feel anxious about their sexual performance. “There are lots of people that are using it when they don’t need to.”



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