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Is Viagra Over the Counter?

Is Viagra Over the Counter?

One of the biggest questions we get from our customers is: Is Viagra over the counter? The short answer is: Viagra (sildenafil) is a prescription medication, meaning it isn’t available over the counter from your local pharmacy.

If you have erectile dysfunction (ED) symptoms, getting a prescription for Viagra isn’t as difficult—or as jarring—as you might think. Sildenafil is one of the most widely used ED medications in the world and is used daily to help millions of men perform in the bedroom.

Below, we’ve explained the process of getting a prescription for Viagra (sildenafil) and other ED medications. We’ve also looked at over-the-counter “Viagra substitutes” and why these are best avoided in favor of real, proven ED treatments.

Getting a Viagra Prescription: The Options

If you have erectile dysfunction or other sexual performance issues, there are several ways to get a prescription for Viagra, as well as other ED medications such as Cialis and Levitra.

Visit Your Doctor

The first is to meet with your regular doctor and talk about your symptoms. Many doctors are open to prescribing medications like Viagra if you have persistent erectile dysfunction symptoms that are affecting your sex life.

Understandably, talking about ED with your doctor isn’t always a comfortable experience. If you have gone to the same doctor since childhood and have a friendly relationship, or just prefer not to talk about your sex life with your doctor, it’s best to consider an alternative option.

Have an Online Medical Consultation

Today, there’s no need to visit your doctor in person to get a prescription for Viagra and other ED medication.

Our Erectile Dysfunction Pack includes sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra. It’s available monthly, with your medication shipped directly to you. We also offer branded Viagra.

Because generic sildenafil and Viagra are prescription drugs, you’ll need to complete an online medical consultation with an independent physician before your order is shipped. If you are an appropriate candidate for sildenafil, you’ll receive a valid prescription online.

Once you’ve got your prescription, you’ll receive your sildenafil or branded Viagra every month without having to visit your local pharmacy.

If you’re worried about awkward conversations with your regular doctor, getting your prescription for Viagra online is a safe, easy alternative.

“Am I Too Young For a Viagra Prescription?”

When it was first launched in the 1990s, Viagra was mainly marketed to middle-aged and older men as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. As a result, the medication—at least in its first few years—gained a reputation as a treatment for men in their 40s, 50s, 60s and up.

The reality is that erectile dysfunction is not a condition that only affects middle-aged and older men. A report from the Cleveland Clinic showed that as much as 40% of men are affected by ED by age 40, with a total of 52% of men surveyed reporting some experience with it.

In younger men, factors like exposure to porn could play a role in erectile dysfunction. In short, it’s not unusual or uncommon to experience some degree of erectile dysfunction in your 20s or 30s.

If you’re in your 20s or 30s and are concerned about erectile dysfunction, Viagra and other ED drugs can be an excellent treatment option. They’re safe, effective and completely suitable for younger men, meaning you’re not too young to use Viagra as a form of ED treatment.

What are Over-the-Counter Viagra Substitutes?

Search online for terms like “over the counter Viagra” and you’ll find page after page advertising Viagra “substitutes” that are available without a prescription.

Most of these products are supplements that haven’t been tested or approved by the FDA. For the most part, there’s no proof that they provide any real benefits for your sexual performance, or that they work effectively as treatments for erectile dysfunction.

As well as online marketplaces, these Viagra substitutes are often sold at convenience stores, gas stations, sex stores and other local shops.

Over-the-counter Viagra substitutes usually contain herbal ingredients like ginseng, horny goat weed and L-arginine. Right now, the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of these ingredients is mixed, at best, with most performing no better in testing than placebos.

While most of these supplements aren’t likely to harm you, it’s important not to rely on them as treatments for ED.

It’s also important to be aware of the extremely common practice of spiking these “herbal” pills with real, prescription-only pharmaceutical ingredients.

Over the years, countless supplements marketed as “Viagra substitutes” have been tested by the FDA. The testing often shows that these “100% natural” products have hidden ingredients—usually, prescription-only ED drugs like sildenafil (Viagra) or others.

The FDA maintains a page on tainted sexual enhancement products that lists supplements that have been found to contain unlisted ingredients such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis) and vardenafil (Levitra).

Some of these supplements contain more than one active ingredient (for example, sildenafil and tadalafil), meaning they have a higher risk of causing side effects than the real drugs. Others are packed with huge, unsafe doses that are often twice as high as the strongest Viagra tablet.  

If you have any heart conditions, or if you use nitrates or other medication to treat hypertension, the hidden ingredients that are used in these “all natural” products could lead to dangerous side effects.

In general, it’s best to avoid over-the-counter Viagra substitutes. The supplements that use an honest, legal formula are unlikely to work, and the few that do work are often spiked with drugs that aren’t legal to sell without a prescription.

So, when it comes to the question, “Is Viagra over the counter?” the answer is a definitive no. If you see over-the-counter Viagra or cleverly marketed “Viagra substitutes,” they should be avoided at all cost.

Learn More About Treating Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction has several causes, from physical factors like age, cardiovascular health and metabolic syndrome to psychological factors such as stress, sexual performance anxiety and depression.

Our guide to the main causes of erectile dysfunction goes into greater detail on how ED can happen, as well as the options available for treating erectile dysfunction and improving your sexual performance.

Considering Viagra? You can learn more about what you should expect from Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) and Levitra (vardenafil) in our guide to the effects of ED medication.



Important Safety Information

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Do not take Sildenafil (sildenafil citrate) if you:

  • take any medicines called nitrates, often prescribed for chest pain, or guanylate cyclase stimulators like Adempas (riociguat) for pulmonary hypertension. Your blood pressure could drop to an unsafe level
  • are allergic to sildenafil, as contained in Sildenafil and REVATIO, or any of the ingredients in Sildenafil

    Discuss your health with your doctor to ensure that you are healthy enough for sex. If you experience chest pain, dizziness, or
nausea during sex, seek immediate medical help

    Sildenafil can cause serious side effects. Rarely reported side effects include:

  • an erection that will not go away (priapism). If you have an erection that lasts more than 4 hours, get medical help right away.
If it is not treated right away, priapism can permanently damage your penis
  • sudden vision loss in one or both eyes. Sudden vision loss in one or both eyes can be a sign of a serious eye problem called
non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION). Stop taking Sildenafil and call your healthcare provider right away if you
have any sudden vision loss
  • sudden hearing decrease or hearing loss. Some people may also have ringing in their ears (tinnitus) or dizziness. If you have
these symptoms, stop taking Sildenafil and contact a doctor right away

    Before you take Sildenafil, tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have or have had heart problems such as a heart attack,
irregular heartbeat, angina, chest pain, narrowing of the aortic valve, or heart failure
  • have had heart surgery within the last 6 months
  • have pulmonary hypertension
  • have had a stroke
  • have low blood pressure, or high blood pressure that
is not controlled
  • have a deformed penis shape
  • have had an erection that lasted for more than 4 hours
  • have problems with your blood cells such as sickle cell
anemia, multiple myeloma, or leukemia
  • have retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic (runs in families)
eye disease
  • have ever had severe vision loss, including an eye problem
called NAION
  • have bleeding problems
  • have or have had stomach ulcers
  • have liver problems
  • have kidney problems or are having kidney dialysis have any other medical conditions

    Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins,
and herbal supplements.

    Sildenafil may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect the way Sildenafil works, causing side effects.
Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take any of the following:

  • medicines called nitrates
  • medicines called guanylate cyclase stimulators such as Adempas (riociguat)
  • medicines called alpha-blockers such as Hytrin (terazosin
HCl), Flomax (tamsulosin HCl), Cardura (doxazosin
mesylate), Minipress (prazosin HCl), Uroxatral (alfuzosin HCl),
 Jalyn (dutasteride and tamsulosin HCl), or Rapaflo (silodosin).
Alpha-blockers are sometimes prescribed for prostate
problems or high blood pressure. In some patients, the use
of Sildenafil with alpha-blockers can lead to a drop in blood pressure or to fainting
  • medicines called HIV protease inhibitors, such as ritonavir (Norvir), indinavir sulfate (Crixivan), saquinavir (Fortovase or Invirase), or atazanavir sulfate (Reyataz)
  • some types of oral antifungal medicines, such as
 ketoconazole (Nizoral) and itraconazole (Sporanox)
  • some types of antibiotics, such as clarithromycin (Biaxin),
telithromycin (Ketek), or erythromycin
  • other medicines that treat high blood pressure
  • other medicines or treatments for ED
  • Sildenafil contains sildenafil, which is the same medicine found
in another drug called REVATIO. REVATIO is used to treat a
rare disease called pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
 Sildenafil should not be used with REVATIO or with other PAH
treatments containing sildenafil or any other PDE5 inhibitors
(such as Adcirca tadalafil)

    Sildenafil does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.

    The most common side effects of Sildenafil: headache; flushing; upset stomach; abnormal vision, such as changes in color vision
(such as having a blue color tinge) and blurred vision; stuffy or runny nose; back pain; muscle pain; nausea; dizziness; rash.

    Sildenafil (sildenafil citrate) is prescription medicine used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED).

    Sildenafil is not for women or children.