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5 Myths About Buying Viagra Online

You can buy Viagra online safely and conveniently, if you choose your provider carefully, and you can buy it from online medical facilitators in the US, who contract with US-licensed doctors and pharmacists. Read on to learn more about the myths and facts of purchasing prescription medications like Viagra online. 

 

Long before the advent of the internet and online pharmacies, many Americans relied on mail-order pharmacies to fill their needs for prescription drugs. Online pharmacies are a natural extension of the idea of the mail-order pharmacy just as the upsurge in online retailers represents an online counterpart to the mail-order catalog.

Before the internet, many people used mail-order pharmacies for convenience, good prices, or because they were required to by the terms of their health insurance’s prescription drug coverage.

When it comes to prescription medications for conditions people prefer to keep private, ordering medications online offers a way to safeguard one’s privacy, particularly as it relates to sensitive health issues. For example, many men find the experience of buying Viagra online to be far less harrowing than taking a prescription to their local pharmacy.

Unfortunately, there are many shady rogue “pharmacies” online that sell counterfeit products and separate people from their hard-earned money. Many of these disreputable companies push Viagra and other hugely popular drugs that people would rather not purchase in person. Growing attention to rogue online drug peddlers has caused the rise of mistaken or inexact beliefs about the safety and advisability of ordering prescription drugs online. Here are five such myths, along with the truth about them.

Myth 1: Viagra Purchased Online Is Only from Foreign Countries

You can actually purchase genuine, prescription Viagra online from right here in the United States. In fact, in an effort to combat the proliferation of rogue pharmacies selling counterfeit Viagra, Pfizer, the drug’s manufacturer, sells Viagra online in the United States. Look for a US phone number and US street address on any online site before you purchase Viagra or any other prescription drug. Ordering prescription medications online from foreign countries (including Canada) is technically illegal.

Myth 2: The Viagra You Purchase Online is Fake

The US Food and Drug Administration, along with parallel agencies in other countries, work around the clock to shut down sources of counterfeit drugs online, but given shrinking budgets and burgeoning counterfeit operations, it’s an almost impossible task. These sources often sell counterfeit drugs, and Viagra is the most counterfeited drug ever. However, there is plenty of authentic Viagra available online. A reputable supplier will always include packaging information with lot numbers that customers can use to confirm that the drug is the real thing and not a fake. Trusted online sources will instruct customers on exactly how to confirm authenticity.

Myth 3: You Can’t Buy Generic Viagra Online in the US

Pfizer fought hard to prolong their patent protection for Viagra in the US, but a couple of years back, they entered into an agreement with two generic manufacturers: Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Pfizer’s own generic manufacturer. These two manufacturers are now selling generic versions of Viagra in the US, even before Pfizer’s patent completely runs out in 2020. These generics haven’t pushed the price down as significantly as the flood of generics in Western Europe and Canada, but they do offer lower prices than name-brand Viagra. Once Pfizer’s patent expires, you can expect many more generic drug manufacturers to offer their own versions of Viagra, and that’s when you should see more significant price relief in the US. Currently, eDrugstore offers both generic versions of sildenafil citrate for purchase online, saving you about half the cost compared to name-brand Viagra.

Myth 4: You Can Get Herbal Viagra Online

Yes, you can get supplements that are advertised as “herbal Viagra” online, but there’s no way to tell what’s actually in it. If you’re lucky, you’ll only waste money on something ineffective. If not, you could end up ingesting something dangerous. Many so-called “herbal supplements,” particularly those advertised as “natural” substitutes for drugs like Viagra are made and sold with basically no oversight. Many of these supplements are new, and there is no data supporting whether or not they are safe, let alone effective. And when they’re sold alongside legitimate supplements or over-the-counter medications, consumers may think these products have been safety tested, but that is rarely the case.

Myth 5: It’s Illegal to Buy Viagra Online

It’s illegal to buy Viagra online without a prescription, and it’s illegal to buy Viagra online from Canada and other foreign countries.

However, it is perfectly legal to buy Viagra online with a prescription when the medication is dispensed by licensed pharmacists. If an online “pharmacy” offers to sell you Viagra without a prescription, it is operating illegally and is likely selling you a counterfeit product.

But there are US-based companies that, with the help of licensed pharmacists, sell prescription Viagra just like online pharmacies where American consumers purchase other drugs like Lipitor or Nexium.

eDrugstore.com sells only FDA-approved medications — including Viagra and other PDE5 inhibitors — all of which are sourced from licensed US pharmacies.

And the prices you’ll pay at eDrugstore compare favorably with those charged at your local brick-and-mortar pharmacy, particularly when you consider the added value offered by eDrugstore.

 

You can safely buy prescription medications online if you do your research first.

Following are some common questions about buying prescription drugs online in the US.

FAQs about Buying Prescription Drugs Online

 Q: When I search online for prices of the prescription drugs I am taking, the prices vary widely. Shouldn’t I simply pick the online vendor that’s offering the lowest price?

A: Not if you’re serious about staying healthy. Never order prescription drugs from an unknown vendor without first checking carefully to determine the legitimacy of its operation and the quality of the drugs it dispenses.

Q: Is there any way to determine if the drugs I receive are the real thing?

A: Unless you have access to high-tech analytical equipment, you probably won’t be able to differentiate between counterfeit and genuine medications.

Q: What are the dangers of counterfeit prescription drugs?

A: Counterfeiters have grown increasingly sophisticated in creating fake drugs that look virtually identical to the brand-name medications they purport to be. However, as similar as these counterfeit and genuine medications may be to the naked eye, they are often far different in terms of their ingredients. Counterfeiters have been known to use drywall material as filler and toxic dyes as coloring agents.

Q: Is Teva the only company making generic Viagra?

A: No. There is also currently available a generic made by Pfizer itself, which is a “little white pill” rather than a “little blue pill.” In both cases, the generics cost significantly less than the name brand drug. When Pfizer’s patent expires in the year 2020, you can expect even more generics to become available.

Q: Will I be able to buy generic Viagra online?

A: Absolutely! eDrugstore.com now offers sildenafil citrate (generic Viagra) for roughly half the cost of our name brand Viagra by Pfizer.

If you already have a doctor’s prescription for Viagra — or any other prescription drug sold by eDrugstore — you can fax it or scan and email it along with your order. If you don’t yet have a prescription, eDrugstore can arrange a complimentary consultation with a member of its team of licensed US physicians.

If you would prefer a video consultation — via your smartphone, computer, or tablet — with one of its medical professionals, that too can be arranged for a modest additional fee. To take advantage of this telemedicine option, simply select the Video option during the checkout process. To get started, click here to reach eDrugstore’s Erectile Dysfunction page.

 

Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+