Medicine for Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is available on the NHS. It is available on NHS online prescription from GMC (General Medical Council) registered GPs.
Until 2014, there were a few restrictions on the patients who could have ED treatments on the NHS; however, some of these restrictions have been lifted as cheaper ED medicines became available in the market.
Following are the ED medications available on the NHS:
· Sildenafil Citrate
· Apomorphine Hydrochloride
· Moxisylyte Hydrochloride
Of these, Sildenafil Citrate is the most broadly prescribed medicine on the NHS in England.
Branded Viagra, Cialis (Tadalafil), Levitra (Vardenafil) and Spedra (Avanafil) are not available on the NHS online prescription, except in certain circumstances.
The branded Erectile Dysfunction medicines such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and Spedra are only prescribed on the NHS for people with impotence, who have or have had:
· Parkinson’s Disease
· Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
· Prostate Cancer
· Spina Bifida
· Spinal cord injury
· Huntington’s disease (genetic disease)
· Pelvic surgery to remove tumours
· Prostatectomy – removal of the prostate gland
· Haemodialysis, or a kidney transplant for renal failure
The abovementioned branded ED medicines are also sometimes available through the NHS online prescription for those who experience severe distress due to ED, but only after clinical assessment at a healthcare centre.
If you do not meet these eligibility criteria, you can still get them through a private prescription from your doctor. This means you will have to pay the full price of the medicine.
In UK, it is possible to buy ED medication through internet, but you should be careful while doing so, as there are many fake websites that offer counterfeit ED medicines that are not approved by the MHRA.
As they are unregulated, the ingredients in them can change from medication to medication. They could even give rise to unwanted side effects.
It is always better to see your GP before buying ED medications online. They will be able to prescribe you the right treatment after considering your medical history.
If you choose to buy ED medication through private prescription or NHS prescription online, ensure that pharmacy is registered with:
· the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
· the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
· the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
Also, look whether the pharmacy offers online doctor service with a GMC registered GP. Pharmacy Outlet is one such online pharmacy that can fulfil your NHS online prescriptions as well as private prescriptions.