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Five Reasons to Buy Viagra Online

Highlights

  • Buying Viagra online is easy, cost-effective, time-saving, and gives you a wider range of options than retail.
  • Comparing medications and prices between retail and online pharmacies is a good way to see which is right for you.
  • Even retail shoppers will experience the benefits of online pharmacies as price competition pushes the cost of medication down.

When buying prescription medication, you’ve got a choice to make: go to the store or order online. There are many reasons to buy your medication online, and shopping for Viagra and generic sildenafil demonstrate five worth being aware of. [Español]

1. Convenience

If you’ve shopped online, you know how convenient it is, and ordering medication is no exception. What you might not know is that convenience extends well beyond the shopping experience and having your Viagra, sildenafil, or other erectile dysfunction (ED) medication delivered to your door.

For example, eDrugstore offers telehealth consultations for prescriptions if you don’t already have one. If you’re too busy to set aside time for a doctor’s appointment, discuss your health and other medication with a doctor via videoconference or phone call and get a prescription once you’re cleared. This is offered as a courtesy with no extra fees or costs.

Shopping online also allows you to easily comparison shop between brand-name and generic medications. There’s no difference in the dosage, quality, or effect of the active ingredient with generic sildenafil and brand-name Viagra, so you can see the difference in price between the two and compare different versions of generics, as well.

Digital prescriptions also eliminate the chance you’ll lose the paper prescription before you take it to the pharmacy. They can even be tied into your medical records, updating your primary physician automatically. Need a refill? Just click and order, or request an update of your prescription online.

If you’re filling a prescription, you’ve got other things to worry about. Online shopping takes an errand off your to-do list.

2. Availability

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Even the best-run pharmacy runs out of some types of medication. It’s like any other store, after all: There’s only so much on the shelves.

Online pharmacies don’t have this problem. If it’s not available at one fulfillment center, then the order is sent to another one. You won’t be stuck taking your prescription to pharmacy after pharmacy.

This is also true of pharmacists and doctors. Unlike at pharmacies or in medical offices, where the incentive is to hustle you out the door, online you can book appointments and ask questions at your convenience and use communication methods you feel comfortable with. 

3. Choice

The days of the kindly town pharmacist are nearly behind us. Fully two-thirds of all pharmacies are operated by a giant corporation, with Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart dominating the retail landscape as the three largest chains by revenue. 

If you track the prices of medication online and at retail, you’ll notice that with medication, those three pharmacies have a trend of keeping prices well above the industry average. This is particularly true of brand-name medication, but even generics are often priced higher than other chains. 

The same price can endure for months or even years. Not even the arrival of Amazon or the introduction of generics has convinced these chains to lower prices. And not all of us are lucky enough to be able to comparison shop between retailers. In fact, Walmart in particular relies on it. The notorious “Walmart effect” is where a big box retailer drives local stores out of business, leaving it as the only option. They are then able to set prices where they like.

Online pharmacies give you a range of options to shop around for a better price, both compared against retailers and compared against each other. It also provides options. Amazon, for example, has removed certain medications from its storefront in the past with no explanation. When you shop online, you can take your business elsewhere with a click.

And, who knows? The online pharmacy sector has been growing quickly as more people discover its benefits. Perhaps someday soon, the competition will force the big retailers to bring their prices down, making the cost of medication more competitive for everyone.

4. Safety

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In some cases, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have to weigh our wishes against our health. If you’re immunocompromised, living with a chronic illness, or have other health risks, standing in line in a place that draws sick people is uncomfortable and even frightening.

In the past, that’s meant that “unnecessary” prescriptions have gone unfilled, consigning people to living with conditions like ED rather than risk their well-being. Ordering online removes the risk of going to the pharmacy.

5. Privacy

Most fundamentally, buying online offers a higher degree of privacy and comfort. We’re not knocking the records or professionalism of retail pharmacies. Rather, with conditions like ED, often the biggest issue is embarrassment that anybody, even a pharmacist, knows about it. 

It’s intimidating enough that a 2019 study found that even the risk of feeling ashamed or awkward is enough to make people avoid public interaction. Ordering online gives you options that meet you where you are, instead of forcing you into a situation you don’t want to be in.

In addition, websites encrypt traffic to protect your health and financial information. Considering that thieves have hacked into retail pharmacies to steal this information, that’s another factor to consider for your comfort as well. In fact, information security at some pharmacies is so poor that a California woman stole the identities of several pharmacists across a decade, handing out nearly three-quarters of a million prescriptions via a major chain pharmacy before she was caught. 

Buy Viagra Online with eDrugstore

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There’s no substitute for experience, so if you want to compare online and retail pharmacies, fill your prescription with eDrugstore. We have a wide range of medications available for your needs, including erectile dysfunction, hair loss, and much more, as well as more informative blog articles on drug pricing, changes to the pharmaceutical industry, and important facts about your daily medication.

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