HUFFINGTON POST
02/10/2011 12:01 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Viagra Prescriptions Up 25% Pre-Valentine's Day

Ah, Valentine's Day. A time for candy hearts, diamond baubles and yes -- Viagra.

That is, at least, according to an article on MSNBC. It cites new research showing that during the week prior to Valentine's Day 2010, there were more prescriptions written for Viagra than at any other point during the year.

The research, released by Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions (which hails itself as "the leading provider of pharmaceutical market data"), shows that nearly 200,000 prescriptions were written the week beginning February 5, 2010. According to MSNBC, that basically represents a 25 percent spike over the lowest-use week that same year.

That's not the only way the blue love-drug is making waves this Valentine's Day season.

According to Security News Daily, Viagra is also likely to be top-of-mind for scores of computer users, thanks to an anticipated uptick in Viagra-related spam.

A blogger from Kaspersky Lab, the world's largest privately held anti-malware company, wrote:

"The spammers appear convinced that there's no better time than 14th February to increase your libido or buy cheap replicas of designer watches."