Cialis is a drug that is readily prescribed to patients suffering from erectile dysfunction. It is also less commonly used in the treatments of pulmonary arterial hypertension and benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Below are the two main ways that a patient can get a prescription – in person at a doctor’s surgery, or through an online pharmacy. We’ll go through the pros and cons of each method.

Doctor’s Surgery

As it is not addictive and can be used on an as-and-when basis, a doctor is usually happy to prescribe Cialis so long as they believe the patient really needs it. Once a prescription is obtained, detailing the dose that the doctor deems suitable for the patient, when they should take it and the starting supply (usually two weeks’ worth to see how the patient reacts to it), a pharmacy will dispense the drug to the patient.

The biggest ‘pro’ of going to a doctor’s surgery for a prescription of Cialis is that the doctor can ask questions about your medical history and gage whether it is the right medication for you – there could be a better alternative drug. They can also advise whether Cialis might interact or negatively interfere with any other existing condition you have or other medication you’re taking. They can also give you an appropriate dose for your needs.

Cons of doctor’s surgeries is that they can take a very long time, both in the wait for an appointment and delays at the surgery itself. Doctor’s surgeries are hugely busy places, and sometimes can incur hour-long delays for patients. They cause the patient to have to travel to receive medication, which is not always easy where mobility restrictions, disabilities or elderly patients are concerned. Also, especially in the case of Cialis, some men find it incredibly hard to talk about such a personal problem as ED. It can take months to pluck up the courage (even though doctors deal with this issue all the time and do not judge). For these reasons, e-pharmacies may provide a better solution.

E-Pharmacy

E-pharmacies have become more popular in recent years, because they offer an alternative to some of the reasons why a patient may not want to or be able to visit a doctor’s surgery in person. Cialis is a commonly prescribed drug by e-pharmacies, along with its other ED drug competitors, namely Viagra.

Again, as Cialis is not found to be addictive, it is considered safe to prescribe online so long as the patient adheres to their prescribed doses. With e-pharmacies, a licenced doctor or pharmacist must still authorise the prescription after an ‘online consultation’. This is usually done through a form filled out by the patient, detailing their medical history, any drugs they’re currently taking, and their current medical issue. The medical professional will then decide if the requested drug is right for the patient before permitting them a prescription.

People use e-pharmacies mainly for convenience. They can get a prescription online without needing to leave their house and make a long journey to the doctor’s, which takes time and money. E-pharmacies also offer cheaper medications than when you buy the same drugs at a brick-and-mortar pharmacy, as they are usually shipped straight from the manufacturer with no middle man.

Buying Medication Safely Online

We’re constantly told not to believe everything we read online. When it comes to our health, this rule is especially important. The internet is filled with bogus e-pharmacies selling fake drugs. Because of the huge popularity of ED drugs, unfortunately Cialis and Viagra are among the world’s most counterfeited drugs. Those looking for medications online should bear this in mind and exercise extreme caution when choosing an e-pharmacy to buy from.

Check that the e-pharmacy you’ve chosen to buy from is licenced by the appropriate authorities in your country. A good rule of thumb is to use the e-pharmacy counterpart of the usual pharmacy you go to, if it has one. If not, just check for real medical accreditation on the e-pharmacy site. Fake drugs can kill: take precautions to ensure the drugs you buy are real.

Buying drugs from legitimate e-pharmacies is perfectly fine and legal, and they can also save you money. If you find it a problem to get to your local pharmacy, you can consider switching to an online alternative.