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Do I Need a Prescription for Cialis?

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Do I Need a Prescription for Cialis?

Margaret A Spera, NP, APRN

Margaret A Spera, NP, APRN

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May 13, 2020 Read Time - 5 minutes

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Margaret Spera is a Connecticut-based nurse practitioner. She has worked in hospital settings, family practices and senior care facilities for over 40 years.

Can I get a Cialis prescription online?

Yes, you can get a prescription for Cialis online. You just need to meet with an online doctor first.

Cialis is available by prescription only, meaning you must consult with a doctor before receiving the medication. That said, an online doctor is a perfectly safe and legal way to receive your Cialis prescription. Talk to an online doctor about getting a Cialis prescription here.

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How Do I Get a Prescription for Cialis?

You can book an appointment with an online doctor here to see if Cialis is a good option for you.

If the doctor finds that you may benefit from a Cialis prescription they will write you a prescription, and send it to your local pharmacy.

Cialis is prescribed as small pills in dosages of 5, 10, and 20 milligrams. Dosage varies depending on your age, level of sexual activity, and other health concerns.

Your doctor may choose to prescribe you a smaller dosage of Cialis if you have pre-existing heart conditions, a high risk of stroke, or are taking nitrates to treat a cardiovascular condition.

Can you buy Cialis over the counter?

No. You cannot buy Cialis over the counter. As mentioned, Cialis is a prescription medication which means you’ll need to speak to a doctor before you can get the medication.


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How Does Cialis Treat ED?

Cialis is the pharmaceutical name for the drug containing the active ingredient tadalafil, which has been approved by the FDA for treating ED.

Usually, when a man becomes aroused, the brain initiates hormonal signals that send blood to the penis. Simultaneously, blood vessels that release blood from the penis contract, therefore isolating blood in the penis, making it erect.

ED occurs when blood cannot adequately flow to the blood vessels of the penis. This can be due to hormonal malfunction or from other cardiovascular issues like high blood pressure.

The drug contained in Cialis, tadalafil, works by dilating the arteries of the penis upon arousal and catalyzing the production of a hormone that relaxes smooth muscle cells. This allows blood to flow more easily to the penis, therefore making an erection possible.


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How Much Is Cialis Per Pill?

Cialis is about $13 per pill. Typically a Cialis prescription will include 30 pills and cost around $400. There are many coupons available to help lower the price of Cialis.

Generic tadalafil is cheaper and costs about $100 for 30 pills.


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How Does Getting Cialis Online Work?

The first step is to make an appointment with an online tele healthcare website such as PlushCare.

You will meet with your doctor online for a virtual chat where you will discuss your current health issues, your medical history, and what medication you are taking.

Your doctor will assess your condition, suggest possible lab tests if needed, and give you a diagnosis. The doctor may offer you a prescription for ED that may include Cialis. Your prescription will be sent to the pharmacy of your choice where you can pick it up at your convenience.

PlushCare accepts insurance with a number of different insurance companies such as Aetna, BCBS, and Cigna, Anthem Blue Cross, UnitedHealthCare, etc. which means your prescription could be covered by your healthcare provider.

PlushCare also accepts patients without health insurance for a flat rate of $99.


If the doctor cannot treat you, your appointment is free.


  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.

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Erectile Dysfunction

Commonly known as “ED,” refers to difficulty getting or keeping an erection. ED is one of the most common sex problems that American men report to their doctors and can be very frustrating for those who experience it.

Thankfully, there are several effective medications that can be taken to treat ED. One of the most popular medications is known by the brand name Cialis, and the generic name tadalafil.


A prescription is required to get Cialis and tadalifil. In fact, all ED medications require a prescription from a doctor.


What is ED?

In simple terms, ED occurs when a man has trouble getting and/or keeping an erection suitable for sex. Your risk of ED may be higher if you:

  • Are over the age of 50
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Drink too much alcohol
  • Have blood circulation problems
  • Have diabetes

ED can also be connected to certain psychological issues.

Men who experience anxiety or depression may experience ED as a symptom. Because ED is so intimately linked to sex, the following have been recorded as other causes of ED:

  • Difficulty conceiving a child
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Low self-esteem

While psychological issues can result in ED, studies estimate that only 20% of cases are due to psychological causes. The majority of ED cases are linked to other chronic health problems.

Experiencing ED can be frustrating and embarrassing. Talk to a doctor to explore your treatment options.

  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.

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ED Medications

There are several effective ED medications available by prescription. The most commonly-used medications are taken orally. You may recognize them as:

Click here to talk to a doctor about getting a prescription for Cialis.


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Sources

Drugs.com. Cialis. Accessed April 3, 2020 at https://www.drugs.com/cialis.html

WebMD. Cialis. Accessed April 3, 2020 at https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-77881/cialis-oral/details

Goodrx. How to Take Cialis. Accessed April 3, 2020 at https://www.goodrx.com/blog/how-to-take-cialis-avoid-side-effects-and-get-best-results/

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