What You Should Know Before Buying Prescription Medicines Online

There is never a good time to find out that you are ill. Any sort of diagnosis is enough to interrupt your normal life and lead you to having to make scheduled trips to the doctors to restock your medication. However, there is a convenient solution that will allow you to keep your prescriptions replenished. Online prescriptions can be easy to order and sent directly to you. So here are the things you need to know before you make your first purchase.

Never Self-Diagnose

One of the main things you need to know about buying prescription medication is that you should never purchase it without a doctor’s diagnosis. At the end of the day, a prescription is made for those who are suffering from a recurring ailment. They only know what to purchase because they have been told by a doctor what illness they have, what medication they need and how often they need to take it. Those who abuse this by self-diagnosing run the risk of purchasing medication that could cause internal damage or ultimately be the wrong treatment for their symptoms. Always consult with your doctor before you go online to buy your prescription. Then you will know exactly what you need.

Make sure you are using a legitimate website

The last thing you need is to know that you are buying your medicine from an illegal website. Unfortunately, drug trade in the UK has made it easier than ever to buy prescriptions that may be diluted, out-of-date or even mixed with other substances. Some illegal medications may even be nothing more than placebos made to look like the medication you are searching for.

It is up to you to ensure that you are using a legitimate online prescription service to order your medication. In order to differentiate between legal and illegal firms, you will find that legal firms require a valid prescription to be sent to them before they send you your medication. This can be sent as a paper prescription or as an electronic prescription via the EPS (the electronic prescription service). These prescriptions need to be certified by either your GP or by a different health care professional.

Logo Legalities

Another way you can feel confident you are using a legitimate online pharmacy is by looking at their logo. In 2015, the EU decided that websites that operated in EU/EEA countries must prove they are legitimate over the internet by displaying a logo that contained green and grey stripes. This included pharmacies and authorised retailers, like Boots Pharmacy and Superdrug. If you ever feel concerned that you are not on a professional website, be sure to check the website for their logo. That way you can feel secure and know that you are dealing with trained pharmacists that know how to comply with the law and get you professionally-regulated medication.

Don’t purchase too much!

Remember, like food or drink, medication has an expiry date. The last thing you want to do is order a whole bundle of medication online and find out, when you try to take it, that it expired because you stored it away for so long. Be sure to only order as much as you need. Be honest with your pharmacist and they will get you exactly what you need.

Wassana Lampech

Wassana Lampech is a medical technology graduate and a freelance writer. She has been writing since her college days, and has been a freelance writer for the past 4 years. You can follow her on Twitter here: @wassmam

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