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Sildenafil Nhs

Sildenafil NHS

Sildenafil on the NHS

sildenafil nhsGood news for men suffering from erectile dysfunction: sildenafil is now more widely available on the NHS in England (from 1 Aug 2014), although health managers have advised limits of 4 tablets per month


Sildenafil is a medicine used to treat erectile dysfunction (sexual impotence). It increases blood flow to the penis to help men get an erection. At least two-thirds of men have improved erections after taking it.

Sildenafil is also sometimes used (in men and women) to treat pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the blood vessels that supply the lungs).

This medicine is available on prescription and can also be bought from most pharmacies. It comes as tablets that you swallow, chewable tablets and as a liquid that you drink.

Do these changes affect everyone?

Largely speaking, yes. Pfizer’s patent expiry applied to the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, the Nethlands, Switzerland, Ireland, Austria, Belgium and Denmark. However, UK regulated online clinics are licensed to ship throughout the EU (excluding Norway and Finland), meaning that all EU citizens are eligible to take advantage of the reduced cost of sildenafil regardless of the country they live in.

As far as the United Kingdom is concerned, patients now have the choice over whether to seek help from their GP, knowing they no longer need to meet a list of criteria, or obtain generic sildenafil from a reputable, regulated online clinic.

How do you get Sildenafil on the NHS?

You can buy Sildenafil with a prescription on the NHS – to get Sildenafil on the NHS, you first have to book an appointment with your nurse or GP. In the appointment, you will discuss your ED symptoms and lifestyle choices. They will suggest a safe and effective treatment option.

Getting an NHS prescription – if your nurse or GP agrees that Sildenafil is the best option, they will give you a prescription form for the correct dosage. You can use this form to buy your medication at most local UK pharmacies, for the usual NHS prescription fee of £8.60.

Getting a private prescription – Sildenafil is also available to buy on private prescription. This means that it’s possible to get a private prescription form for Sildenafil from either your GP, or from a doctor through a service like Superdrug Online Doctor. Buying Sildenafil privately works in much the same way, can be easier and provide you with more treatment options.

How does getting Sildenafil on the NHS compare to buying elsewhere?

The medication will be the same – there are no differences in the actual treatment of medication like Sildenafil, whether you buy it on the NHS or elsewhere. Licensed versions of Sildenafil will always contain the same active ingredients (sildenafil citrate), which acts on your body in the same way.

The service you receive can be different – getting Sildenafil on the NHS or buying it privately is different in other important ways. Other than getting it on the NHS, you might get Sildenafil with a private prescription from your GP, specialist or by using an online service doctor service.

What is a private prescription?

A private prescription is not written on an official NHS prescription form and is not paid for by the NHS.

The cost of a private prescription is met wholly by the patient and is dictated by the cost of the medicine plus the pharmacist's charge for supplying it.

Any registered doctor can provide a private prescription. However, your GP can only provide a private prescription if the drug is not available on the NHS.

Unless you are prescribed generic sildenafil, the strict criteria for NHS treatment means your GP can only provide ED treatment as a private prescription. However they can't charge you for doing so.

If you see a doctor at a private practice or clinic, that doctor can make a charge for supplying you with the prescription.

A doctor you see privately can't issue an NHS prescription.

With private prescriptions, the same piece of paper can be re-used for subsequent treatment. For this to happen, the doctor has to endorse the prescription with the number of repeats he or she wishes to allow. The pharmacist then stamps the paper until the repeats have been used.

The blacklist

The list of medicines that the NHS will not supply is called the blacklist. Generic sildenafil is no longer on the blacklist and can be supplied on the NHS. All other medicines for ED (including Viagra) are blacklisted, except in the medical cases above.