Given that the entire story and progression from Pfizer’s failed angina medication to the first-line treatment for a condition people believed to require injections or pumps to fix is rather strange, it may not be surprising to find that there are many facts about sildenafil that are rather odd.

Whilst it is less odd that you can order sildenafil online safely and easily, there are other facts about sildenafil that, unlike the familiar blue pill, are rather hard to swallow.

Viagra Works On Flowers

One of the most wonderful gifts for birthdays and Valentine’s day is a bouquet of fine flowers, but as anyone who has arranged a vase can attest, cut flowers do not tend to last very long before they start to droop and die.

One potential solution found by the combined efforts of Israeli and Australian researchers is to use 1mg of Viagra dissolved in a vase of water, which stops the breakdown of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) and helps them last twice as long.

Right now, this is not exactly the most cost-effective solution, as nitric oxide gas can do the same for a much lower cost, but it could work in a pinch, especially as generic sildenafil is far cheaper than branded Viagra.

Sildenafil Helped To Save Endangered Species

Before we had an idea of the mechanics behind ED, many ridiculous solutions were offered to help fix it, which tragically involved the organs, meat and other parts of endangered animals.

When Viagra first came on the market, the demand for these exotic animals reduced dramatically, and whilst there are still too many species on the endangered list, sildenafil did its bit to help save some of them.

The Argentinian Football Team’s Secret Weapon

In the early days of Viagra, one of the most important spokesmen for the product was legendary footballer Pele, who famously told men to talk to their doctor, he would.

However, sildenafil has seen use beyond venerable legends, as the Argentinian football team, when playing a match in La Paz against Bolivia in 2017, announced they were going to use a mix of paracetamol, caffeine and Viagra to help their players cope with the higher altitude.

This was seen as a vital part of playing at the highest city in the world, as in 2013 superstar player Lionel Messi was sick on the pitch and two other players, Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano, needed oxygen masks to cope with the lower oxygen.

The cocktail is allowed by the World Anti-Doping Agency, but preliminary research has suggested that sildenafil can help lower lung pressure and improve people’s ability to exercise at high altitudes.

This has also led to its use to tackle altitude sickness by mountain climbers and avoid cerebral oedemas, although again research is limited as to its effectiveness at this.

Viagra Was The Most Counterfeited Drug In The World

Before the availability of generic sildenafil, which helped to curtail the issue, ED pills were among the most counterfeited in the world, and according to a study in 2012, 80 per cent of websites claiming to sell it were selling counterfeits.

During a time when it was only available via GP prescription, this was not surprising, and one of the reasons why generic sildenafil was approved for manufacture in 2017 after Pfizer’s patents expired was to help reduce sales of potentially dangerous counterfeits.

This began in 2017 with over-the-counter sales of Viagra Connect but has since expanded to other generic sildenafil brands, increasing confidence that the products bought from approved retailers are legitimate.