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You Can Buy Medicines Online Without A Prescription, But Should You?

by Bigmountaindrugs - March 20 , 2020


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With the advent of the internet, many new conveniences have been born. We can connect with others at lightning speed, learn something new with a quick Google or YouTube search, and even place orders for everything from groceries to luxury vacations. Unfortunately, not all online conveniences are good for you—and one of those is buying prescription medications online without a valid prescription.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) medications, such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra are perfect targets for consumers to fall prey to. None of these medications can legally be purchased without a prescription, so keep that in mind. Never buy them from online pharmacies offering to sell them to you without a prescription.

While it might seem like a great deal when you can get an Rx medication with no prescription required, but in actual fact, it can be a dangerous endeavor. Verified and trustworthy online pharmacies will always require a doctor’s prescription for controlled substances. Yes, even when you buy your meds online. There are only a handful of exceptions to medication that won’t need a prescription when ordering online.

What Medications Don’t Need Prescriptions to Order Online?

Yes, there are some medications that are 100% okay to order online—no prescription required. However, it’s important to know the difference so you can protect yourself from fraudulent online drugstores.

Right now, there are only about 80 medications that are classed as over-the-counter (OTC) medications, or medications that can be purchased without a prescription. Their uses range from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to acne medications and even weight loss products.

There are a few OTC medications that are restricted and might not be available to order online, as they need identification verification and a signature. These include any medication containing pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Allegra-D, Claritin-D) and Naloxone, just to name a few.

To view a list of current OTC medications, click here.

Are Online Doctors Approved to Write Valid Prescriptions?

There’s no denying it, getting the right medication for an illness or ailment is extremely important. However, taking the time to visit a doctor in person can be cumbersome in the midst of our busy lives. Luckily, the internet has made connecting with qualified doctors who provide safe, convenient health care services online very easy. For the most part, they can prescribe all the same controlled substance medications as in-person doctors, with a few exceptions.

Online doctors can’t prescribe the following medications:

• Sedatives such as Xanax, Ambien, Ativan, and Lunestra

• Medical marijuana

• Antipsychotic medications such as Zyprexa or Risperdol

• Stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin

• Narcotic medications such as Morphine, Oxycodone, or Vicodin

If you find an online doctor willing to prescribe any of these, it would be wise to use some caution and contact your family doctor to be sure.

Can Your Online Pharmacy Can Be Trusted?

In order to trust any cheap prescription drugs online, you’ll want to first do some verifications on whether or not the online pharmacy can be trusted. Here are a few tips to remember when buying your medications from an online pharmacy.

Prescription medications require prescriptions – There’s no way around it. If the medication you need requires a doctor’s prescription where you live, you’ll need it to order from a qualified and safe online drugstore. If you come across an online pharmacy that will allow you to purchase prescription medications without one, run the other direction. They are likely selling you fraudulent medications and you could be putting your health in jeopardy.

Look for their credentials – Before you buy from any online pharmacy, be sure to look for verifications that they are who they claim to be. Canadian pharmacies should have certifications from PharmacyChecker.com and the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA). Online US pharmacies should have a Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPs) certification from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Always check to see if the online pharmacy offers their certification number and match it against the certification site to ensure its active and still valid before buying.

Do they exist in the real world? A quick Google or Bing search for the pharmacy you’re considering should bring up a business page, complete with a location and telephone number. Verify they have a real location and continue on to check over any reviews the pharmacy has online. These can be on Yelp, Google My Business, Facebook, etc.

How do they handle customer service? Does the online pharmacy have a good customer service line? Can you connect with them easily if you have questions, concerns, or need support once your medication arrives?

If you’re looking for cheap prescription drugs online, be sure you’re doing so safely. The biggest takeaway here is to never order medications online from a pharmacy that doesn’t ask you for your doctor’s prescription for medications that require them. You can educate yourself by knowing which medications are OTC by checking to see if they’re on the over-the-counter medications directory. Before you place your first order with an online pharmacy, do the proper verifications and give yourself some peace of mind in knowing they are a verified pharmacy with a real location, great reviews, and customer service.

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