The rise of Viagra among British illicit drug users: 5-year survey data

Drug Alcohol Rev. 2006 Mar;25(2):111-3. doi: 10.1080/09595230500537167.


Viagra use among British nightclubbers, a sentinel population of illicit drug users, was first reported in 1999. There has since been little attention paid to the evolution of patterns of non-prescribed use, apart from among men who have sex with men. Beginning in 1999 an annual survey has been conducted with a specialist dance music magazine, permitting cross-sectional comparisons over time. Rising levels of lifetime and current use prevalence and data on patterns of both male and female use are reported, along with elevated prevalence levels among both gay men and women. Experimentation with Viagra appears increasingly to have become established among British nightclubbers who use recreational drugs. Ethnographic and epidemiological study and monitoring of adverse consequences is now needed to fully appreciate reasons for use and the extent of possible harms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Piperazines / administration & dosage*
  • Prevalence
  • Purines
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Sildenafil Citrate
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Sulfones
  • Time Factors
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology
  • Vasodilator Agents / administration & dosage*


  • Piperazines
  • Purines
  • Sulfones
  • Vasodilator Agents
  • Sildenafil Citrate