Patients who want to use Levitra will always need to undertake a consultation with a doctor and obtain a prescription beforehand.
Who can get Levitra on the NHS?
Levitra is only available on the NHS in specific cases.
Most of the time, Sildenafil will be the drug offered to those who are entitled to ED treatment on the NHS.
This is the generic form of Viagra. Like vardenafil, the active ingredient in Levitra, Sildenafil is a PDE5 inhibitor, and works in a very similar way.
Generic medicines are in the vast majority of cases cheaper than branded versions, and Levitra is a branded treatment. NHS practitioners tend to issue generic medications where possible, as they perform the same function and do not cost as much.
Typically, only persons with certain medical conditions (such as Parkinson's or MS) will be eligible to get Levitra for free through the NHS, or buy it at the NHS levy rate.
Generic Levitra, known as Vardenafil, became available in autumn 2018. However, it remains to be seen if this will be offered to patients on the NHS in the same manner as sildenafil.
Why is Levitra not available OTC (over-the-counter)?
Levitra is a prescription-only medicine which means that it is not possible to get it over the counter in the UK. To buy Levitra, patients will always need a prescription from a doctor.
This is so that a physician can assess the patient’s suitability to the medicine, and ensure it is safe for them prior to issue.
As is the case with all medicines, Levitra may cause a sensitivity reaction in some users with certain medical conditions, such as angina or liver or kidney disease, and it has the capacity to interact with other treatments. Part of this consultation will involve screening for these conditions and possible interactions.
The physician and pharmacist will also check that the dosage is appropriate for the patient, and that the patient knows how to administer the medicine.
In the UK, there is no licensed medical treatment specifically for erectile dysfunction available to buy over the counter. PDE5 inhibitors, including Levitra, warrant prior consultation with a doctor.
How can I get Levitra?
There are several options available.
An NHS primary care physician may be able to write a prescription for Levitra, but this would most likely have to be on a private basis; and the doctor may charge a fee doing so. Private rates would also apply to the cost of the medicine, which would also be more than the regular NHS levy. An NHS or high street chemist would therefore be able to dispense the treatment, but would have to charge the private market price.
Persons who use a private doctor may be able to have a prescription for Levitra made out for them, but will have to pay for the consultation, and potentially foot a prescription fee. And once again, the market rate for the medicine would apply when having the prescription filled at a pharmacy.
Can I get it online?
Yes. It is possible to buy Levitra using online pharmacies, without seeing a doctor in person beforehand. In such cases, the pharmacy will provide a remote consultation service, where a doctor assesses the patient’s condition through the use of a medical questionnaire.
Pharmacy websites offering this service will still need to adhere to certain guidelines, in order to ensure the patient’s safety. They will need to be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (the GPhC) and bear this logo on their platform:
Legitimate pharmacies will also display contact details, such as a phone number and an address. If the site does not have this information, you should treat it with suspicion.
Furthermore, any website offering to sell Levitra without the need for a prescription is operating outside of the law and should be avoided. As stated above, Levitra is a prescription-only medicine, and cannot be issued without the patient undergoing screening first.
You can read more on buying Levitra safely on our information page.