Can I Buy Viagra without a prescription in Australia?

The short answer is no.  Although other western countries have more progressive regulations on buying Viagra without a prescription (or erectile dysfunction drugs), in Australia Viagra remains a prescription medication.

Viagra has been available over the counter in the United Kingdom for a few years now and in New Zealand also through certain chemists Viagra may be obtained with an easy consultation with the pharmacist.  As a result, GPs are now less burdened by men seeking help with erectile dysfunction or impotency.  This is not to say Viagra is suitable for everyone, there are side effects with its usage and care should be taken, as with all medications.

In Australia the overseeing body is the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the PDE 5 inhibitor, Viagra or Sildenafil-Citrate is still classified as a Schedule 4 drug.  Understandably, these standards are set to protect men who may have underlying medical issues that cause the symptom of erectile dysfunction.  Erectile dysfunction van be a marker of impairment of the cardio vascular system and Sildenafil-Citrate should only be used in consultation with your doctor.  In Australia the TGA have the concern that pharmacists are not equipped with the background patient knowledge to correctly screen for over the counter Viagra, so for now it is still a highly regulated prescription drug.

What are the side effects of Viagra?

Whilst Sildenafil-Citrate is considered a relatively safe drug, it is important for users to be aware of potential side effects including:

Headache, facial flushing, dyspepsia, abnormal vision, nasal congestion, dizziness, rash, back pain, muscular pain and diarrhoea.

More serious side effects of Sildenafil-Citrate

Although rare effects include:

Vision loss, hearing loss, priapism (an erection that lasts more than 4 hours) in the event of these conditions, cease taking medication and seek immediate medical assistance.

When not to take Viagra

  • It is important to discuss your medical history with your doctor prior to taking Viagra.
  • Sildenafil-Citrate should not be taken without medical consultation if:
  • Take nitrates, these are often prescribed for chest pain
  • Take guanylate cyclase stimulators, for treatment of pulmonary hypertension
  • You have experienced heart problems including (but not limited to) heart attack, angina, irregular heartbeat.
  • You have any problems affecting vital organs such as the liver or kidneys.
  • You have any penis abnormality or deformity.
  • You have experience sudden loss of vision.
  • You have any form of sickle cell disease, such as anaemia.
  • You have family history of retinitis pigmentosa.
  • Take beta blockers.
  • You are allergic to anything contained in Viagra or generic Viagra.
  • You are under 18 years of age.
  • If you are over 65 years of age.

Sildenafil-Citrate may react with other medications you may be taking, these are not limited to prescription medications and include over the counter drugs and even vitamins.  A consultation with your medical practitioner is essential prior to taking Viagra in any form.

Your choice of brand name or generic Sildenafil-Citrate

Australian consumers have trusted generic medications for decades, although some consumers are wary in a recent survey over 76% of respondents said they would happily save money and use generic medication. Viagra is the registered trademark of Pfizer. Pharmacists in Australia do offer generic erectile dysfunction medications frequently.  If you do prefer to stick with brand names, you can thank generic competition for forcing the price drop in brand name medications.

Another alternative is to arrange your own importation, this is TGA approved under their Personal Importation Scheme.  The scheme allows an individual with a prescription to import for personal use up to 90 days supply of certain medications including ED drugs.

Many of these generic erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra (Sildenafil-Citrate), Cialis (Tadalafil) or Levitra (Vardenafil) come from India, they are made under strict guidelines by highly regarded pharmaceutical companies such as Centurion and Cipla Laboratories of which hold ISO9001 accreditations.

The words counterfeit or fake are often bandied around by the registered trademark owners.  And no doubt there are some unscrupulous traders out there.  Generic medications exported legally from India and imported legally into Australia, are in fact imitation like many products we buy, this does not mean there is an attempt to defraud or provide inferior content.  An excellent analogy is the mobile phone.  The first mobile phone was invented at Motorola, so would we then say Samsung androids or Apple iPhones are counterfeits?  The answer is clear and it would be somewhat reputational damage if we indeed did.

The TGA’s guidelines state ‘A medicine with an undeclared ingredient or substance is counterfeit, and cannot be imported for personal use.’  So, if you do decide to use a third-party introduction to assist with your importation it may be wise to ascertain this information first.  There are many websites that facilitate this and have excellent policies that protect you as a consumer including Oz Meds Online.

The benefits of the Personal Importation Scheme are many including;

  • Price they are much cheaper
  • Convenience delivered to your door
  • Discreet, many men prefer not to publicly display their erectile dysfunction problem
  • Time saving

What is the best way to take generic Viagra or Cialis?

Take only as directed by your physician.  Best taken with water and on an empty stomach or even light meal, best taken prior to anticipated sexual activity.

When do effects begin?

The effects of Sildenafil-Citrate will only take place when stimulated and usually begin in 30-60 minutes.

How long will my erection last?

Effects may last up to 4 hours.

What if it doesn’t work?

In the first instance speak with your doctor if Sildenafil-Citrate is ineffective.  It is important to realise that erectile dysfunction medications do not automatically provide an erection.  If Sildenafil-Citrate is not right for you your doctor may trial you on Vardenafil (Levitra) or Tadalafil (Cialis) both are excellent for the treatment of ED.

How to improve your sexual function

Erectile dysfunction is a common complaint in men, with most men experiencing the symptoms at some stage in their lives. The following lifestyle changes will improve your chances of achieving better erectile function and general wellbeing;

  • Eat healthily
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid excess alcohol
  • Avoid recreational drugs
  • Meditation

Talk to your doctor longer lasting sex may be just around the corner! For more information on how to buy generic Viagra Australia visit this page.

Disclaimer:  The information contained in this article or external links are to be used as a reference only, they are not intended or to be used as medical advice.  Always consult your physician.

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