Pfizer is set to release a new version of erectile dysfunction medication Viagra. It will be an orodispersible (or OD) tablet, designed to dissolve on the tongue.

In the body, Viagra Orodispersible will work in exactly the same way as the original. However, it won’t need to be taken with a glass of water; meaning that the person taking it can be more discreet.

On this page, we’ll discuss:

When will Viagra Orodispersible be available?

A firm date for release has not yet been announced, but the drug is expected to become available soon. In 2018, the 50mg version of the drug was rebranded as Viagra Connect and granted authorisation as a pharmacy medicine in the UK, by the MHRA. Pharmacy medicines can be issued by a pharmacist after a consultation, and do not require a prescription.

It’s not clear yet whether Viagra Orodispersible will be a prescription only medicine (POM) or a pharmacy (P) drug.

We’ll update this page when more details become available.

What’s the difference between Viagra Orodispersible and the original?

Orodispersible (or OD) tablets can be placed on the tongue and allowed to dissolve. They will start to disperse within a few seconds, before being swallowed with saliva (or with a glass of water if the user prefers, but this is not a necessity).

The regular version of Viagra is a film-coated tablet, which needs to be swallowed whole with water. It won’t dissolve on the tongue, and won’t start to break down and be taken up into the bloodstream until it reaches the gut.

Like standard tablet versions, the OD tablets will be manufactured and marketed by Pfizer. They will also be blue and diamond-shaped, like the original.

At present, it seems as though the OD tablets will only be available in 50mg dosages. (So someone who is taking the 25mg dose will need to stick to the original.)

How to take Viagra Orodispersible tablets

It’s best to take the tablets on an empty stomach, because doing so after a large meal may slow the drug down in the body (and mean it takes longer to work).

Simply take one tablet and position it on the tongue inside the mouth. It should begin to disintegrate in a few seconds. Once it has, it can be swallowed with saliva (or washed down with a glass of water).

After someone has taken Viagra, it normally takes about 30-60 minutes to work. You’ll need to be sexually stimulated for it to have an effect. If it does not work, ask your doctor for guidance, and do not try to adjust the dose yourself.

The leaflet advises that someone who normally takes or requires the 100mg dose when using regular tablets should allow one 50mg orodispersible tablet to completely disintegrate and be swallowed, before taking a second.

More information on how to take the treatment, restrictions, precautions and side effects can be found in the patient information leaflet.

Where will I be able to buy Viagra Orodispersible tablets?

As is the case with other versions of Viagra, the orodispersible tablet will be available at pharmacies up and down the UK. It’s not clear yet whether you will need a prescription from a doctor to get Viagra OD, or if you’ll be able to get it without a prescription as a pharmacy medicine.

It’s likely that the drug will be available via a private consultation with a pharmacist at high street outlets such as Boots and Lloyds, as well as at supermarkets like Asda and Tesco.

Men looking to buy Viagra Orodispersible tablets online will be able to do so through GPhC-registered providers such as Treated.com, and others. Getting the treatment from our pharmacy will involve a remote consultation with a doctor or pharmacist, through an online questionnaire.

Your GP can issue an NHS prescription for branded erectile dysfunction treatment if you meet certain criteria. You can read more about this on our page: Who can get Viagra on an NHS prescription?

In most cases though, men who are entitled to ED treatment on the NHS will be issued the generic version, Sildenafil. This is not currently available in the UK as an orodispersible tablet.

What other orodispersible tablets are currently available for ED?

While the orodispersible version of Viagra isn’t available yet, there is a similar alternative that currently is. Levitra Orodispersible tablets work on the same principle as Viagra. The active ingredient, vardenafil, is slightly different, but does the same job as sildenafil in the body.

However, this is a prescription only medicine, so you’ll need to consult with a doctor first (whether it’s online, or in person) before it can be issued.

Page last reviewed:  02/04/2019 | Next review due:  01/04/2021