How to Get Prescriptions With an Online Doctor


Things You'll Need

  • Qualifying illness
  • Telephone
  • Internet access
Woman looking at prescription and typing on computer
Woman looking at prescription and typing on computer (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

With just one click of the mouse, you will quickly realize that prescription drugs appear to be readily available through the Internet. Whether you are looking for a birth control medication or a pain killer, you will likely find a site where you can buy it.

Use caution when choosing a website for buying prescription medications. It is legal to buy an online drug, according to the FDA, but the pharmacy must be legally authorized to sell in the U.S., and a prescription is still required.

Some websites will offer a physician consultation online to approve the medication you are seeking, and write the prescription to be filled. Here are a few tips for getting that prescription with an online doctor:

Step 1

Determine the symptoms you have and make a list to discuss with the physician. Research the medication you are seeking, so you are able to talk to the doctor intelligently about dosage and strength.

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Doctor with patient (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 2

Find a U.S. licensed pharmacy online that offers legitimate health care consultations. Do a quick search of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, as recommended by the FDA, to determine that the professional is licensed to write prescriptions in the U.S.

Step 3

Pay the fee associated with the online physician scheduling and fill out any required forms and contact information that are requested by your chosen website.

Woman making a payment online
Woman making a payment online (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Step 4

Consult with a doctor by telephone to discuss illness, symptoms, health history and requested medication.

Woman on phone in front of computer
Woman on phone in front of computer (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Step 5

Fill out your prescription. It is legal to order a prescription online, according to the FDA, but the pharmacy you choose must be authorized to dispense medication in the U.S. Legitimate pharmacies will require a legal written prescription.

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Person typing on keyboard (Image: Digital Vision/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Verify that the physician and company are authorized to distribute prescriptions in the U.S. before offering credit card information.
  • Beware of Internet pharmacies that try to scam consumers.


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