It's possible but unlikely
Concerns about the potential for misuse is just one reason it will probably remain prescription only
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- In 2017, Pfizer won regulatory approval to sell Viagra (sildenafil) in the UK without requiring a prescription, otherwise known as over-the-counter (OTC).
- This sparked interest and speculation as to whether or not Viagra or other ED medications like Levitra would soon be available OTC here in the United States.
- A number of issues present challenges for Levitra being available OTC.
- There are currently no public plans for ED medications to be available OTC in the US.
Levitra (vardenafil) had its patent expire in October 2018, and generic versions of this erectile dysfunction (ED) medication are now available. In 2017, Pfizer won regulatory approval to sell Viagra (sildenafil) in the UK without requiring a prescription, otherwise known as over-the-counter (OTC). This sparked interest and speculation as to whether or not Viagra or other ED medications like Levitra would soon be available OTC here in the US as well. However, there are a number of regulatory hurdles and medical concerns that over-the-counter ED medication would need to address in the US.
OTC Levitra faces enormous obstacles in the United States and Europe. In fact, Pfizer faced similar difficulties back in 2008 when they tried to gain approval for OTC Viagra sales in Europe. Levitra is a prescription medication for a number of reasons, including potentially dangerous drug interactions with other medications, recreational drugs, and even daily vitamins and natural supplements. It’s also important to take the proper dose of ED medication to avoid harmful side effects. More isn’t always better, and concerns about the potential for misuse, the complicated educational material needed to accompany the medication, and the fact that the underlying medical conditions leading to ED would go untreated, are all problems for over-the-counter Levitra. There are currently no public plans for ED medications to be available OTC in the US.
Erectile dysfunction prescription medication and treatment
Erectile dysfunction doesn’t happen for no reason. In fact, ED can be a sign of a much more serious underlying health condition like:
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Low testosterone
- Nerve damage, and more.
It’s important to understand what’s actually causing your erectile dysfunction before medicating the condition. Getting a prescription for ED meds is an opportunity for doctors to diagnose and educate men about the root causes and habits that can not only lead to ED but other life-threatening conditions. While telemedicine and online diagnosis have lowered the barrier to entry for a lot of men living with ED, it’s hard to imagine any of the erectile dysfunction drugs becoming available over-the-counter any time soon in the United States.
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