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What are tips for safely buying ED medication online?

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The FDA is trying to stop the flow of illegal ED drugs, but these medicines still show up on the internet. Legitimate online pharmacies do exist. It just takes a little bit of work to find them. Here's what to look for when you buy ED drugs online:

  • A licensed pharmacy with an address in the U.S. (Check with your state board of pharmacy or the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy).
  • A pharmacy that asks for a prescription from your doctor
  • Drugs that are approved by the FDA
  • Containers that are clearly labeled with the name of the drug and the dose
  • A licensed pharmacist who is available to answer your questions
  • A phone number to call if you have questions or problems
  • Clearly stated privacy policy that protects your credit card number and other personal information

SOURCES:

FDA: "Hidden Risks of Erectile Dysfunction 'Treatments' Sold Online," "The Possible Dangers of Buying Medicines over the Internet." 

National Kidney & Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Erectile Dysfunction." 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Erectile Dysfunction -- Overview."

Jackson, G.  , March 2010.  International Journal of Clinical Practice

Bulletin of the World Health Organization , April 2010. 

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on January 28, 2020

SOURCES:

FDA: "Hidden Risks of Erectile Dysfunction 'Treatments' Sold Online," "The Possible Dangers of Buying Medicines over the Internet." 

National Kidney & Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Erectile Dysfunction." 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Erectile Dysfunction -- Overview."

Jackson, G.  , March 2010.  International Journal of Clinical Practice

Bulletin of the World Health Organization , April 2010. 

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on January 28, 2020

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