Do You Need A Prescription? – Credihealth Blog

Viagra is arguably the most popular erectile dysfunction (ED) medication in Canada, with 2010 statistics showing 9.5 Viagra prescriptions written during the year. However, ED drugs remain underutilized, considering 3 million Canadian men (49.9%) experience ED, with 20%  of the cases being moderate to severe.

The disparity between Viagra prescriptions and ED statistics in Canada arises because men’s sexual health remains a taboo topic in the country. Most Canadian men suffer from depression due to ED but do not know how to seek treatment and buy ED pills. 

However, you can follow the tips below to buy Viagra in Canada.

  • Consider Getting A Medical Exam

Viagra is a strictly prescription drug in Canada and not sold over the counter. A medical exam is essential before a certified doctor can issue you with a Viagra prescription. 

You can begin by visiting your primary care provider (PCP) and discussing your ED’s specifics with them. The discussion with your PCP will entail questions on recreational drug use and other lifestyle preferences, details on your sex life, and your medical history. They would likely also conduct a physical exam of your reproductive organs and blood tests to establish whether your ED may result from underlying health issues.

While the exam may seem intrusive, the aim is to establish whether you are an ideal candidate for a Viagra prescription. Men with pre-existing cardiac conditions and those on other prescription drugs containing nitrates should not take Viagra. Although a PCP can issue a Viagra prescription, they may opt to refer you to an ED specialist like a urologist or an endocrinologist, depending on your exam results. 

Although one-on-one ED consultations are preferable, some men are uncomfortable with such doctor appointments, causing them to refrain from seeking help. Thankfully, Canada’s telehealth services offer discreet ED consultation online via phone, video chats, or private messaging services. Most of Canada’s telehealth services are subsidiaries of public health facilities and adhere to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA) under Canadian Federal Laws.

The telehealth service platforms require you to fill a preliminary questionnaire or form, which a doctor will review and contact you within a specified duration.  Therefore, you can get a Viagra prescription in Canada after an online or in-person ED consultation.

  • Receive Your Prescription

While PCPs issue Viagra subscriptions immediately, you may have to wait up to 24hours for your prescription if you take the telehealth route. Regardless, doctors issue 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg prescription doses for Viagra and 20mg, 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg for the brand’s generic form called Sildenafil. 

They base Viagra prescriptions on individual factors like your condition’s severity, age, and overall health status. Therefore, do not attempt to adjust the dosage or take more than one Viagra pill in a day, as unwarranted dose adjustments have undesirable effects.

You may opt to fulfill your prescription online or visit your local pharmacy. However, if discretion is a priority for you, online pharmacies like Get Smarted are a better option. 

  • Fulfill Your Viagra Prescription

For one-on-one PCP visits, your PCP may hand you a hard copy of your Viagra prescription or send an electronic copy to your pharmacy of choice. You will have to fulfill your prescription from the designated pharmacy if you select the latter option.

On the other hand, reputable Canadian telehealth platforms also offer the option to ship an electronic Viagra prescription to your local pharmacy. Alternatively, they can also fulfill the prescription and have the medication delivered to your preferred address. 

Once you have a prescription, you can visit reputable online pharmacies and fill a prescription form to fulfill subsequent Viagra subscriptions. Online Pharmacies save you valuable time and prioritize discretion while delivering your medication. 

However, ensure that the online pharmacy you select has a Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) certification. CIPA is an umbrella body for law-abiding pharmacies, exclusively selling Canadian-approved drugs to ensure consumer safety. Besides medication quality, CIPA members also sell Viagra and other prescription medications affordably.

Illegal online pharmacies exist, and they sell fake Viagra pills containing fillers rather than Sildenafil citrate- the active ingredient in Viagra and Sildenafil pills. Therefore, visit CIPA’s website to view their list of certified online pharmacies to ensure you buy original and safe Viagra pills approved by relevant pharmacy regulatory authorities.

While ED qualifies as an epidemic, health insurance covers in Canada and beyond do not cover Viagra and other ED pills. ED drugs fall under the lifestyle drugs category for non-life-threatening treatments like dental care, hair transplants, and skin condition treatments. Consequently, Viagra pills are costly, costing up to $10 per pill; the price varies with dosage, with more potent doses charged at a higher price.

You may have to pay for your Viagra pills out-of-pocket, so it is prudent to have a payment plan or dip into your healthcare savings. Alternatively, you can consider seeking consultation from a telehealth facility offering subsidized fees for ED treatment; some websites and organizations also issue ED treatment coupons. 

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Getting a Viagra prescription is pretty straightforward, private, and convenient for bonafide ED patients in Canada, especially with trustworthy telehealth services. However, conduct due diligence to ensure you deal with licensed persons and organizations who sell approved Viagra tablets.

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