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21/01/2014 08:09 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 16:01 GMT

Viagra At The Ministry Of Defence: What Is It Used For?

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Ministry of Defence

Viagra worth £6,000 has been stolen from the Ministry of Defence, we learned on Tuesday morning.

The revelation, prompted by a Parliamentary question, has led to plenty of wisecracks about hardened criminals and forces standing for attention.

But why was it there in the first place?

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The MoD said Sildenafil (Viagra) was used by the Forces as an altitude sickness remedy.

It sent HuffPost UK an explanation, saying the drug relieved the symptoms of high-altitude pulmonary oedema.

Bit of an anti-climax.