The cost of Sildenafil
Sildenafil is the generic name for the drug Viagra, which derives from the chemical found in Viagra, sildenafil citrate. Sildenafil is a tablet that can be used in the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction.
In 2013 the patent expired of Viagra which opened the doors to other pharmaceutical companies to be able to produce generic versions of the drug at a reduced cost. The cost actually reduced by 93% for generic preparations of sildenafil. This drop in price has had a positive impact on direct consumers and larger buyers of sildenafil in the UK including the National Health Service, NHS.
The cost went from roughly £5 per tablet to 97p per tablet, which is a pretty dramatic price drop. The dramatic price drop meant that sildenafil became more widely available than it had previously been as it was now an affordable drug to produce and supply.
We would caution you to check the supplier of your sildenafil however, as not everyone who is selling online is regulated, although we are.
Changes to The Way Sildenafil is Prescribed
Whereas it used to be only men with certain conditions such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease, spina bifida, polio and some genetic conditions, that were prescribed sildenafil, it is now widely available on the NHS.
This has led to more men being able to seek treatment for erectile dysfunction and not having to resort to dangerous measures, such as purchasing drugs on the black market.
This had a positive effect on the supply of unregulated sildenafil which had flourished due to the high cost of Viagra. Since these changes have come into effect, patients are more likely to obtain the drug from legitimate and licensed suppliers as the cost is so greatly reduced.
If you are looking to buy online, please make sure that you are buying from a reputable supplier who is licensed, registered and regulated such as we are here at Private Doc.
Men who have been diagnosed with either erectile dysfunction or Pulmonary hypertension can obtain sildenafil free of charge on prescription. However, branded versions such as Viagra will not be free but may still be bought with a private prescription. Your prescriptions, whether NHS or private can be filled either at a walk in pharmacy or most online pharmacies.
No Prescription Required
The biggest change to the laws came about in 2018 when pharmacists were given the option to stock Viagra as an over the counter drug. This decision came from the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency following public consultation.
Some men feel very uncomfortable talking to their GP about suffering from ED. So, by making sildenafil, Viagra, available over the counter, it is hoped that it will encourage more men to use the safe and regulated drug rather than seek out unregulated online alternatives.
It will be up to the pharmacists to judge whether the men over the age of 18 can be sold the pills safely. They will not sell sildenafil to men that suffer from heart disease or are at risk of cardiovascular disease, any man suffering from liver or kidney failure or if they are on a medication that may conflict with the drug.
If your pharmacist believes that you may suffer any side effects or have an underlying condition that needs looking into, they will advise you to talk to your doctor before letting you purchase Viagra over the counter. But pharmacists that stock it will be able to advise you of any potential side effects, what the conflicting medications are, what dosage you should use and advice on erectile dysfunction.
You will usually be advised that you can take a 50 mg tablet an hour before sex, but should not use more than one pill in any 24 hour period. Most men start on 50 mg tablets, but sildenafil is available in 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg dosages. It is also available in liquid form.
How Can We Help?
Online pharmacies will very often have an online doctor you can talk to, who is also authorised to issue prescriptions the same as your regular GP.
Once you are registered with our online GP, you can discuss any medical issues and concerns without needing to leave your home or suffer the embarrassment of discussing such a sensitive issue face to face. For a lot of men, this is a crucial service.
Many men even go as far as sending their partner to obtain a prescription from the doctor as they just don’t want to go in themselves. It is a well documented fact that fewer men will seek the counsel of a GP for ailments than their female counterparts.
We would always advise talking to a doctor about what may be causing the erectile dysfunction as there could be a serious underlying health condition such as heart disease or type 2 diabetes.
Erectile Dysfunction is a lot more common than you may think and can happen to men of any age. It may be a temporary issue due to stress, side effects of medication you are taking or a multitude of reasons. There is no need to suffer in silence and there is plenty of help available including an affordable treatment like sildenafil.