The television commercials for the upcoming film, Kelly King, have been released, and they’re already causing a stir.

Although the main character of the film, Wesley Mogg, is not directly tied to the advertisements, its popularity will more than likely cause a rise in male sales of Viagra, the generic pharmaceutical equivalent of the drug named after him.

The commercials feature Hollywood A-lister, James Caan, portraying the charming and witty King Kelly. In the ads, Caan offers Viagra samples that are disguised as gifts, telling potential customers that “it’s your lucky day,” as he presses the tablets into their palm.

The ads are supposed to be funny, but some are questioning whether they’re actually being honest about the drug’s side effects. Caan is a known animal rights activist; the sample packaging in the commercials is made of recycled paper, and the pills are vegan. But did you know that taking Viagra can cause mental problems?

Is It Safe?

According to the medical journal, Archives of Family Medicine, men who took part in a small study experienced “adverse events” such as “mental disturbance” or “nervous system disorders” after popping a Viagra. While the research was small and the sample size was fairly low, these were common side effects among the participants. Other studies have linked Viagra use with “hallucinations,” “insomnia,” and “irritability.”

That’s probably why the drug was originally approved for men with a history of heart disease or alcohol abuse, and why it carries a warning about the potential for drug interactions. One drug interaction that experts warn about is Viagra and the commonly prescribed antibiotic azithromycin, which can increase the risk of “severe adverse reactions.” Most prescribing physicians are aware of this warning, and only prescribe the two drugs together in rare cases.

The Rise In Popularity

If you’re curious as to why the commercials for Kelly King have been well-received by audiences and have generated so much buzz, it’s probably because of Caan’s charming personality and funny one-liners. According to USA Today, during the filming of Kelly King, Caan worked on making himself “believably human,” which in turn made the audience believe that he was being honest about wanting to help them with their sex lives. The Hollywood Reporter states that Caan wanted to play the role of a doctor in order to “humanize” it and show that “sexually dysfunctional” characters can also be doctors.

So if you’re wondering whether or not to try Viagra, the answer is probably not. Despite its effectiveness in treating erectile dysfunction and being a safer alternative to other ED drugs, it’s still best to avoid becoming chemically dependent on any drug, especially one that has such significant side effects.

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