The subject of buying erectile dysfunction pills online is one which has been subject to controversy on a continuing basis ever since the late 90's.
And as one of the most sought-after and popular types of medication in the world, there’s little wonder.
With so many counterfeit versions and disreputable suppliers of the drug in existence, it can be daunting, particularly for a first-time patient, to know where to start.
Below are the essential facts about the different ways you can get genuine erectile dysfunction medication safely and legally.
Buying Impotence Pills Online
Much is said about the pitfalls of buying ED treatment online.
And while it is true that there are many sites which either do not offer the real thing or are trading illegally; purchasing prescription medication online and legitimately is easy if you go to the right place.
For those who may not be comfortable talking about ED to their regular GP in person, it can also provide the patient with a quick and less embarrassing way of getting fast access to the medication they need.
The Remote Consultation
At legitimate websites, before you buy a product, you will have to have to undergo a consultation with a practising doctor. Doctors are able to issue prescriptions remotely, by assessing cases via an electronic medical questionnaire.
This will ask the patient to provide answers about their overall health, and any information about other medications they are using.
The purpose of it is to determine whether or not the treatment is suitable for the user. Where it is, a prescription is granted. If they find that it isn’t, a prescription will not be issued.
In the case of erectile dysfunction drugs, this process is crucial, as there are a number of potentially harmful side effects for those who have certain conditions such as heart disease, or are taking nitrates.
The Electronic Prescription
In those cases where buying the medicine is safe, the prescription issued by the doctor is sent directly to the server of the dispensing pharmacy.
Electronic prescriptions are becoming more widely used in medicine, with the NHS currently in the process of switching to an E-prescription system, as it is thought that it will reduce the capacity for human error.
Upon receiving the prescription, the medication is then prepared at the dispensing pharmacy as it would be at a regular high street pharmacy.
The chemist will then deliver the prescribed item to the customer, usually via secure or tracked courier.
A pharmacy has a duty to protect the discretion and privacy of the person who is ordering the medication, and will therefore be obliged to package the item so that it does not expose details of the contents.
Men who are more comfortable going via the traditional route to get treatment for erectile dysfunction can visit their regular GP.
They will then ask the patient a number of questions and assess their condition, and issue a prescription for ED medication, where suitable.
This is then taken to a pharmacy, who will dispense the item at the full market price (not at the standard NHS levy).
Perhaps the main advantage of this method is that the patient can secure access to the medication right away, and not have to wait until the next morning for it to be delivered.
Some people who have been with the same GP for a number of years may also feel more at ease having their case assessed by a familiar person.
The generic form of Viagra can be obtained on the NHS, in restricted amounts of 4 tablets per month, but only men with certain medical conditions qualify for free treatment.