Can you get Viagra without a prescription?

Dr Kathryn Basford

Medically reviewed by

Dr Kathryn Basford

Last reviewed: 01 Jul 2022

Viagra is a tablet used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) and contains the active ingredient sildenafil. It can increase blood flow to your penis, which makes it easier to get and maintain an erection. It should be taken an hour before sex and comes in different doses depending on your ED symptoms. Viagra Connect, which contains 50mg of sildenafil, is now available without a prescription.

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Can you buy Viagra without a prescription?

Currently, you can only get one type of Viagra without a prescription. This type of Viagra is called Viagra Connect and is manufactured by the same brand that makes Viagra. There are several types of Viagra available, such as:

  • Viagra, which contains the active ingredient sildenafil and comes in 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg tablets and requires a prescription
  • Viagra Connect, which is the same medication as Viagra but only comes in 50mg tablets and is a prescription free Viagra
  • sildenafil, an unbranded version of Viagra that can be prescribed in 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg tablets

There are also other ED treatments available that require a prescription and may be offered as an alternative if any of the above are not suitable for you.

Can you get Viagra at a pharmacy without a prescription?

You need a prescription to get most ED medication, except Viagra Connect. This means you can only get Viagra Connect at a pharmacy without a prescription. You may be asked to speak to the pharmacist before buying Viagra Connect for the first time, as it should only be used if you have ED.

The pharmacist may ask about your ED symptoms and medical history, to make sure Viagra Connect is safe to take. If you need a higher dose or want to try a different ED medication, you would need to see a doctor and get a prescription.

Can you get Viagra online without a prescription?

Yes, you can get Viagra Connect online without a prescription from ASDA Online Doctor. If Viagra Connect is not suitable for you or does not work, you can get other ED treatments through our website.

Unlike getting a prescription from your doctor, our doctors will ask you to complete a brief medical form and recommend an alternative ED treatment. This can be prescribed and sent to your home in discreet packaging.

Is it legal to buy Viagra online?

Yes, it is legal to buy Viagra online as long as you get a prescription or buy Viagra Connect. You should only buy Viagra Connect or another ED treatment from a reputable and trusted seller, such as ASDA Online Doctor. To make sure the Viagra you are buying online is legal, you can check the website for a padlock security symbol which will be located in the website address bar.

You should also check for a medical authority symbol on the website, such as CQC, GPhC, or GMC. This means the seller is licensed to sell Viagra and other medications legally.

Is it better to get Viagra online or over the counter?

You can choose whether you want to get Viagra online or over the counter, but there are some benefits of buying Viagra online with Asda Online Doctor, such as:

  • not having to wait for a GP appointment
  • a short medical form that can be completed online
  • getting prescription or non-prescription Viagra without having to leave the comfort of your own home or go to a pharmacy to collect
  • same day prescriptions and a free, next day delivery service
  • discreet delivery

Is there a difference between prescription Viagra and non-prescription Viagra?

Viagra, which requires a prescription, and Viagra Connect, which is a non-prescription Viagra, is the same tablet containing the same active ingredient. It is also manufactured by the same company and works exactly the same way for ED.

The difference between prescription and non-prescription Viagra is the dose. Viagra Connect is only available in 50mg tablets, whilst Viagra is available in 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg tablets if you need a higher or lower dose.

Is Viagra available on the NHS?

Viagra is available on the NHS but is usually prescribed under the generic drug name, which is sildenafil. You still need a prescription from your GP before you can get sildenafil through the NHS. Sildenafil contains the same active ingredient as Viagra Connect but is unbranded. Unlike Viagra Connect which comes in 50mg tablets, sildenafil may be prescribed in 25mg, 50mg, or 100mg tablets.

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Medically reviewed by:
Dr Kathryn Basford

Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.

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Article created: 03 Dec 2021

Last reviewed: 01 Jul 2022

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