Pfizer says Viagra doesn’t enhance performance, in football

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On Wednesday, Bears receiver Brandon Marshall said that he has heard of football players using Viagra to enhance performance.  While playing football.

MDS pointed out that a 2008 article from Slate discussed the potential benefits of using Viagra at altitude, given that it’s a blood-flow drug that is primarily used to promote the flow of blood to one specific area of the male anatomy.

But Pfizer (the “P” is silent . . . except when taking Viagra) claims via TMZ that Viagra isn’t a PED.

A Pfizer spokesman told TMZ that Viagra is “indicated solely for the treatment of erectile dysfunction,” and that “Pfizer has not examined the safety of Viagra in men without ED and does not promote or encourage the use of Viagra for any use but the treatment of ED.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean players aren’t using it in order to enhance blood flow when playing in the thin air of Denver.  The fact that Marshall started his career there makes it even more reasonable to think that he’s heard that players have considered giving it a try.

Especially for games that may last longer than four hours.