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Date Posted: 23:12:13 12/31/03 Wed
Author: Reader
Subject: Media: Ask the doc before popping that pill

Ask the doc before popping that pill


NEW DELHI: A large number of men in the city, it is feared, are addicted to potency drugs like Viagra and Penegra. Doctors warn using these drugs without proper medical guidance could cause death.

"Using a potency drug without consulting a doctor can cause sudden death,

even at the time of intercourse," warned Bir Singh, faculty in charge of the sex therapy and marriage counselling clinic at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Almost 20 per cent of men between 20 and 30 years of age suffer from impotency or erectile dysfunction. Over 50 per cent of men between 50 and 60 years of age suffer from the problem.

Doctors say most young men suffer impotency due to diabetes or other hidden ailments but are not aware of it. Singh said: "We get cases where young men in early 20s admit to taking potency drugs secretly," he said.

As per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, potency drugs are supposed to be sold only on producing a prescription from a urologist or endocrinologist. But chemists rarely follow the guidelines.

Delhi Andrology Society president Ajit Saxena said: "The side-effects of potency drugs can be life-threatening."

RML hospital andrology department head Rajeev Sood said impotency in 70 per cent of the patients was caused by some disease and was curable.

CM writes to Mulayam on water crisis

NEW DELHI: In a bid to defer an impending water crisis in the city, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has written to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. The UP irrigation department had threatened to cut off water supply to Delhi on Wednesday night, as the state government owes them Rs 24 crores in water cess.

Dikshit has promised to pay the amount, providing the UP government meets certain terms and conditions of payment

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