Can I Get Viagra Without a Prescription?

Is non-prescription Viagra an option?

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Medically reviewed by: Dr Nicholas Antonakopoulos

Last reviewed: 19 Mar 2019

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Yes. You can order non-prescription, over-the-counter Viagra online in the UK under the brand name Viagra Connect. You can also order prescription Viagra online, without getting a physical prescription from a doctor first, because the prescription is included as part of the online ordering process.

How to buy Viagra without a prescription

You can order prescription-only (POM) Viagra online from Zava without needing a pre-existing prescription, or a face-to-face assessment.

The available dosages of POM Viagra are 25mg, 50mg, or 100mg once a day:

  • 50mg – this is the standard dose, and the best one for trying Viagra for the first time
  • 25mg – this dose is best for people who’ve tried 50mg, got the result they wanted, but also had some side effects. It still works, but it can reduce the chance of getting side effects
  • 100mg – this dose is best for men who’ve tried 50mg and they didn’t get side effects, but the medication didn’t work well enough either

The pack sizes of POM Viagra available to order online are 4, 8, 12, 16, or 28 tablets.

You can also order over-the-counter Viagra Connect online. It’s available only in the 50mg dosage and comes in the same pack sizes as POM Viagra. The maximum recommended daily dosage of Viagra Connect is one 50mg tablet, once per day.

Also, you can order Viagra Connect from a local pharmacy without a prescription, but you’ll still need to have a face-to-face assessment with a pharmacist, and fill out a short form first.

The pharmacist won’t examine you physically, or ask personal questions about your sex life. They’ll just ask some general questions about your health and ask about other medications you’re taking. This is to check if Viagra Connect is right for you.

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Can I walk into a pharmacy and buy Viagra without having a prescription first?

You can’t get prescription-only Viagra from a pharmacy without getting a prescription first from a doctor.

But, you can get assessed for Viagra Connect by going straight to a pharmacy, although you would still need a face-to-face assessment with a pharmacist. Viagra Connect is the only erectile dysfunction treatment you can get by going straight to your pharmacy. If your pharmacist agrees you can buy it, you’ll be able to get it there and then.

Can you buy Viagra online without a prescription?

Yes, you can order Viagra online without getting a physical prescription first, but you need to be careful about where you buy it from.

You need to find the right website. There are lots of online retailers that offer the option of buying Viagra, but many of them aren’t licensed or legitimate. This means you won’t be safely checked by a doctor first, and on top of that the medication they supply might be harmful.

Before buying any medication online, you should always check whether the service you’re using has been approved by the General Medical Council and the General Pharmaceutical Council, and is regularly reviewed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Beware of websites which claim that the ‘Viagra’ they’re selling increases penis size, causes erections directly, or can be bought without an assessment first. If a website advertises medication with false claims, then it’s highly likely to be illegitimate and unsafe.

You should also bear in mind that Viagra is a prescription-only medication. Any website selling it without including a doctor in the ordering process is breaking the law.

Where can I buy Viagra online?

If you’d like to order treatment online, online doctor services like Zava are a safe and convenient option. Zava is a regulated service supplying authentic medication. We’re approved by the General Medical Council and General Pharmaceutical Council. We also have UK-registered doctors, and we’re reviewed regularly by the Care Quality Commission. We also display TrustPilot reviews from patients that have used our service before.

To start your order:

  • fill in a short questionnaire
  • select a preferred treatment, like Viagra or Viagra Connect
  • place your order
  • a Zava doctor will review your info and approve treatment if it’s right for you

We offer several delivery options, including free standard delivery, express, next-day delivery, and click and collect.

Is prescription-free Viagra the same as prescription-only Viagra?

The quality of your medication will be the same whether you buy Viagra in person with a prescription, or online. The quality will also be the same if you buy Viagra Connect in person at a pharmacy, or online.

No matter whether you buy in person or online, both medications should contain the same active ingredient, sildenafil citrate. How effective the medication is, what it does inside your body, how safe it is, and possible side effects are all the same.

The only difference in quality would come from buying from a seller or service that was not properly licensed or regulated.

Why do I need a prescription for Viagra?

There are legal and safety reasons. Viagra is a prescription-only medication, so it can only be legally sold to you if you have a prescription from a doctor, or you’ve been assessed by an online doctor service. Over-the-counter Viagra Connect has the same active ingredient, but it’s legal to sell without a prescription first. But, you still need to be assessed before you can buy it.

It’s important for a doctor to check your personal health circumstances when you order treatment, or a pharmacist can check if you’re buying Viagra Connect in person. This is because there could be reasons why Viagra isn’t a safe treatment for you.

It’s important that before they approve treatment for you, a qualified healthcare professional assesses you based on your medical history, and other medications you may be taking.

Are there any prescription-free alternatives to Viagra?

Viagra Connect is the only over-the-counter erectile dysfunction treatment available without a prescription.

But, all other medications used to treat erectile dysfunction can be bought online without a physical prescription first, in the same way as prescription-only Viagra. These other treatments are all prescription-only, but you don’t need a physical prescription. You just need a proper assessment from a doctor, which you can get online.

Other erectile dysfunction pills include:

Another, non-pill medication used to treat erectile dysfunction is Alprostadil. It’s a vasodilator which widens the blood vessels to allow blood to flow into the penis more easily. It's available as a penile injection (Caverject) or cream (Vitaros).

There are other erectile dysfunction treatments that don’t involve prescription medications, which can help improve erectile dysfunction. These include:

  • Making lifestyle changes – improving your diet, getting more exercise, quitting smoking
  • Exercises – pelvic floor exercises can make the muscles around your penis stronger and make erections easier to get
  • Devices – a penis pump can be an alternative for men who can’t take medication. Penis rings are also available, but there’s less evidence that they work effectively for erectile dysfunction
  • Counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy – these can help with any anxiety or emotional problems that are causing your erectile dysfunction. Speak to your doctor for further info on these
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Medically reviewed by:
Dr Nicholas Antonakopoulos

Dr Nicholas Antonakopoulos graduated from the University of London in 2006. He did his postgraduate training in hospitals in the London area, and he trained for four years in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery before completing his training in General practice in 2015.

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Last reviewed: 19 Mar 2019

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