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Do erectile dysfunction pills require a doctor's prescription?

Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil), or Levitra (vardenafil) treat erectile dysfunction (ED). These oral medications require a prescription, because a doctor has to determine whether you have a health condition or are taking another prescription drug that will cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. Some men may also be at increased risk of experiencing a sudden decrease or loss of vision after taking an ED drug.

After reviewing your medical history and giving you a thorough physical exam to determine the cause of your ED, you and your doctor can discuss treatment that’s right for you. 

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