Is it legal to buy Viagra online?

Is it legal to buy Viagra online?

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For a long time, Viagra was a thing of the internet’s dark side, reduced to dodgy looking websites and spam emails. It’s believed to still be the most counterfeited medicine in the world, with £17million worth of the little blue pill being seized in just 2017. Thankfully, there are now places you can safely and legally buy Viagra online, but that isn’t to say that everyone selling Viagra online is doing so legally.

Why is so much fake Viagra sold online?

Although it was brought to the market in 1998, for a long time Viagra was only available on a prescription. Even if you had your doctor’s permission to take Viagra, it was still an expensive medicine.

No one really spoke about erectile dysfunction as an illness before the diamond pill came to market. There was no treatment, so men didn’t mention the problem to their doctors to save themselves the embarrassment. This meant there were a lot of men who suddenly had access to healthcare that they needed, but not everyone could, or would, be able to get it. And those who couldn’t get it knew the medicine was out there to help them get better.

This left hundreds of thousands of men wanting to get their hands on the magic blue pill, and as the internet began to gain popularity and momentum, there were plenty of people who wanted to sell fake goods.

What are the dangers of buying Viagra online?

The problem with buying online is that it can be a lot harder to tell what you’re getting. You need to be able to check that the source you’re buying from is safe, legitimate and legal.

When you buy from an illegal website, the medicines are unregulated. Just because it says Viagra on it and it looks like a blue diamond, it doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what you’re getting. Even if it does contain the active ingredient (sildenafil), it may be too weak or too strong. The latter can be dangerous as it increases the risk of harmful side effects.

But you might not even buy tablets with any of the active ingredient. You might buy tablets which contain other, harmful ingredients. In uncovering counterfeit medicines, Pfizer, the makers of Viagra, have found all kinds of dangerous ingredients in fake tablets. These include:

  • Blue printer ink
  • Amphetamines
  • Drywall, which stops the tablet from breaking down

Can you buy legitimate Viagra online?

In April last year, it became possible to buy Viagra Connect without a prescription, instead only requiring you to speak to a pharmacist, who will decide if it’s safe for you to take. This means that it’s now easier for you to be able to buy erectile dysfunction treatment online - you just need to make sure that you’re buying it from somewhere that’s safe, legal and legitimate. For more information, read our guide on how to tell if an online pharmacy is operating legitimately.

In short, it’s legal to buy Viagra online, but not all Viagra sold online is legal.


Eddie is a service that delivers Viagra Connect discreetly to your door. Treatment is available as a monthly subscription or one off purchase, starting from £19.99. Simply answer some questions from our pharmacist and you can purchase Viagra Connect in as little as 60 seconds.

Viagra Connect won’t give you an instant erection. You need to be sexually aroused for it to work and won’t help you if you don’t have ED symptoms.

Content Marketing Officer
Content Marketing Officer
Libby Mayfield

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