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Young Saudi men go wild over notorious blue pill.

Riyadh: The kingdom has been gripped with a craze for erectile-dysfunction medications by young men - an occurrence which has many worried.

A large number of married Saudi youths are flocking to pharmacies to take hold of Viagra - "the little blue pill" - or any other stimulants that will give them more satisfaction.

The catchy words and obscene images that appear on online advertisements of these medications are another factor luring youth into buying packets of these stimulants.

According to Saudi doctors, this phenomenon reflects the spread of a negative sexual culture among the younger generation in the Kingdom.

"[The] lack of an effective mechanism to monitor and curb these adverts was instrumental in spreading this mania among the youths," they said.

However, agents of the pharmaceutical companies deny responsibility for this.

The firms called for strict vigilance by authorities to stop the sale of counterfeit medications.

Several young men said that they started taking stimulants soon after marriage.

Some of these youths dared to disclose their identity while others requested anonymity.

They agreed that the pills were instrumental in keeping them virile during love making. They also felt that their masculinity was directly linked to their potency.

Mohammad Nassir Al Qah'tani, said: "I started taking stimulant during the very first week after my marriage at the instance of one of my friends. This was an impressive experience for me and my wife."

He added that he stopped using the stimulants at the advice of a doctor but added that his sudden stoppage resulted in some mental disturbance.

Another young man, called M.A., said that he became addicted to the stimulant and could not make love to his wife without using the pill. He said he was now considering seeking psychiatric help.

Dr Duraid Yazji, a consultant urologist, said that the erectile-dysfunction medications were meant for aged men in their 50s and 60s with some degree of dysfunction due to reduced hormonal production.

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