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Viagra Connect - Over The Counter

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Viagra Connect is the first over-the-counter erectile dysfunction treatment. It doesn’t require a prescription like normal Viagra and is called a pharmacy medicine (PMED).

You’ll be able to request Viagra Connect early 2018. If you would like us to let you know when you can make a request for Viagra Connect, leave your email below and we'll contact you when it's available:

In the meantime you can request another erectile dysfunction treatment by clicking the button below and completing a short, assessment.


Viagra Connect® coming 2018
Viagra® from £20
Sildenafil from £18
Cialis® from £44
Tadalafil from £30

Prices include delivery and prescription.

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More About Viagra Connect
Viagra Connect
  • Is the first over-the-counter erectile dysfunction medication
  • Can be ordered in a pharmacy without getting a doctor’s prescription first
  • Will be available in a 50mg dose in pack sizes of 4 and 8 tablets
  • Lasts for around 4 hours
  • Gets to work in 60 minutes
  • Works for 74% of men who try it

Viagra connect is the first erectile dysfunction medication to be sold as a PMED in the UK. 

It works exactly the same as other medications that contain the active ingredient sildenafil citrate (Viagra & Sildenafil), but it doesn’t require a doctor to prescribe it to you. 

It was announced on the 28th November 2017 and should be available from Spring 2018.

Once it’s on the market you can request Viagra Connect online using an online doctor service like Superdrug Online Doctor:

  • Complete a short online assessment and place the request for your preferred medication. 
  • Your online doctor will check your request and make sure it’s right for you.
  • If they agree, our pharmacy team will prepare your medication and it will posted to your door, free of charge. You can also choose to collect in-store

You will also be able to request medication in person from any pharmacy offering the service:

  • Check beforehand if your pharmacy is offering this service.
  • You pharmacist will have to assess you for your erectile dysfunction medication.
  • If they approve, they will charge you and dispense your medication.

The main reason for Viagra Connect being an over-the-counter medication is because it’s a safe way to improve people’s access to erectile dysfunction treatment.

The decision to offer a new over-the-counter medication has been in the works for a while:

Some of the arguments for making this change were discussed in the comments on the proposal in March 27th. They include:

  • Viagra is already available online so making available OTC would help give the same level of access to the medication in pharmacies
  • Viagra Connect will provide an extra option of face-to-face consultation with pharmacists in store
  • Pharmacists will have to use the same standards of assessment as online doctor services and will be able to get trained to meet these standards
  • The plan to sell Viagra Connect was considered safe and patient-centred
  • It will take some pressure off of GPs’ time
  • The change helps improve the way Viagra is regulated in the UK making it safer to buy
  • It will help a wider range of men with erection problems get help
  • It could reduce the number of men looking for illicit treatments for their erectile dysfunction

Pfizer (the manufacturer of Viagra and Viagra Connect) released a statement about the change and it has also been covered by the Guardian and the BBC.

If you are an adult man with erectile dysfunction then you may be able to request Viagra Connect.

What counts as erectile dysfunction? Erectile dysfunction is when you repeatedly can't get or keep an erection over time. If you have had the odd incident of erection problems, or multiple problems during one sexual encounter, this doesn't necessarily mean you have erectile dysfunction.

There are some situations which mean you wouldn’t be able to receive it, including:

  • If you have had previous health care problems, such as:
    • If you have any history of loss of sight or a family history of eye problems
    • You have conditions like sickle-cell anaemia, multiple myeloma, or leukaemia
    • If you’ve ever had serious problems with your kidneys before
    • If you’ve ever had liver problems before
    • Cardiovascular (heart) problems - but this depends on what they are and how serious they are
    • Uncontrolled high blood pressure - but not if your blood pressure is under control
    • Experiencing breathing problems or chest pains during exercise
  • Any current medications you are taking, such as:
    • Other PDE5-inhibitors like Sildenafil or Cialis (Tadalafil)
    • CYP3A4 inhibitors
    • Guanylate cyclase stimulators
    • Alpha-blockers
    • Nitrates - including the abuse of amyl nitrates (poppers)

To find out whether you can request Viagra Connect you can complete a short online assessment with an online doctor service like Superdrug online doctor - other you would need to complete this assessment in person at a pharmacy that is offering it.

If you’ve placed a successful request with our online doctor erectile dysfunction service before, and your personal circumstances have not changed, you should be able to request Viagra Connect when it’s available.

Because Viagra Connect contains the same active ingredient as Sildenafil and Viagra, it comes with the same risk of side effects, including:

  • Headache
  • Flushing - redness
  • Dyspepsia - indigestion
  • Nasal congestion - a blocked nose
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea - feeling sick
  • Hot flushes
  • Changed to your vision (sight) and some cyanopsia (everything looks slightly blue)
  • Priapism - a painful erection that won’t go away
  • NAION - non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy is a rare side effect that can cause you to lose your sight
If you experience side effects you should not take any more of your medication and you should make an appointment to see a doctor. If you are worried it’s an emergency then seek emergency medical help using 111 or 999.

You should also avoid heavy meals, grapefruit juice, and alcohol while using your medication:

  • Heavy, fatty meals before you take your medication will prevent your body absorbing your medication properly
  • Grapefruit juice can interfere with your medication and increase your chance of side effects
  • Alcohol can reduce the effect of your medication and makes it harder to get erections in general
If your erectile dysfunction is linked to depression or anxiety you should discuss these with a doctor and consider counselling.

As well as Viagra Connect, we also offer other erectile dysfunction treatments including:

You could also try other treatment options such as:
  • Devices like penis rings or a penis pump
  • Counselling or sex therapy
  • Lifestyle changes like:
    • Getting more exercise generally
    • Losing weight
    • Pelvic floor exercises
    • Quitting smoking

If you are looking for non-prescription or over-the-counter medication for erectile dysfunction, until Viagra Connect is available, we recommend using one of the non-medication treatment options above.

Herbal supplements are not proven to work for erectile dysfunction and buying herbal Viagra online could be dangerous as these products are badly regulated and could cause serious side effects.

Electronic Medicines Compendium (2016). Viagra 25mg, 50mg, 100mg. Pfizer Ltd. [online] Available at: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/1474 [accessed 30th November 2017].

Medicines & Health products Regulatory Agency (2017). Sildenafil 50mg film-coated tablets, public consultation, proposal to make available from Pharmacies. gov.uk. [online] Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/603358/Sildenafil_public_reclassification_report_for_consultation_final..pdf [accessed 30th November 2017].

Medicines & Health products Regulatory Agency (2017). ARM 94 summary table of responses on proposed POM to P reclassification for sildenafil
tablets. gov.uk. [online] Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/662983/ARM_94_Responses_for_Sildenafil_-_redacted_FINAL.pdf [accessed 30th November 2017].

Medicines & Health products Regulatory Agency (2017). MHRA reclassifies Viagra Connect tablets to a pharmacy medicine. gov.uk. [online] Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-reclassifies-viagra-connect-tablets-to-a-pharmacy-medicine [accessed 30th November 2017].

Pfizer (2017). Viagra Connect (sildenafil) granted reclassification by the UK MHRA as a non-prescription, pharmacy-supplied treatment for erectile dysfunction in men aged 18 and over. Pfizer Ltd. [online] Available at: http://www.pfizer.co.uk/viagra-connect-sildenafil-granted-reclassification-uk-mhra-non-prescription [accessed 30th November 2017].

Roberts, M. (2017). Viagra can be sold over the counter. BBC. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42155489 [accessed 30th November 2017].

Siddique, H. (2017). Viagra will be available over the counter in UK, says medicines regulator. The Guardian. [online] Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/nov/28/viagra-will-be-available-over-the-counter-in-uk-says-medicines-regulator [accessed 30th November 2017].