Viagra available to buy over the counter for £20 without prescription at Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Superdrug from today

VIAGRA will be available over the counter without a prescription in supermarkets across the UK for the first time today.

Men will be able to buy a pack of four pills from a pharmacist at Tesco, Asda and Morrisons for £19.99.

As well as supermarkets, blokes will be able to pick up the erectile dysfunction medication from Superdrug, Lloyds Pharmacy and Well Pharmacy.

They were sold exclusively by Boots for the last two weeks before going on sale in other stores from today. Boots have also been selling them online.

The blue pills will be available to men aged 18 and over, after a consultation with a pharmacist.

Blokes will have to answer questions about their general health, and any other medication they are taking before being sold the drug.

And they will be advised to visit their GP within six months, to check for any underlying conditions that could be contributing to their erectile dysfunction – including diabetes and heart disease.

Dr Geoff Hackett, of the British Society for Sexual Medicine, welcomed the launch.

He said: “It’s great news that these tablets are now available without a prescription.

“It opens up access to men who are either unable, or too embarrassed, to visit their GP.

Experts have welcomed the move, noting erectile dysfunction can ruin relationships and marriages Credit: Getty – Contributor

“Erectile dysfunction wrecks marriages and relationships.

“If you have to wait weeks for a GP appointment after starting a new relationship, it might be over before you’ve been seen.

“Buying Viagra in a high street chemist is also safer than buying dodgy black market pills online.”

Kristie Sourial, medical manager at Pfizer who makes Viagra, said: “In the first two weeks of Viagra Connect being available, we’ve already seen that many men with the symptoms of erectile dysfunction are taking the step to seek help from a pharmacist.

“We’re excited to expand availability into more pharmacies to support men across the nation.”

Around one in five men suffer from erectile problems, equivalent to 4.3million British men.

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But 44 per cent of those aged 40 or older have never sought help.

And 27 per cent of those who did wish they had been treated sooner, a poll of 1,247 blokes revealed.

Prescriptions of Viagra have tripled in the UK in a decade.

Medics wrote 2,958,199 scripts for the drug in 2016 – up from 1,042,431 in 2006.

And officials seized £17million worth of unlicensed or counterfeit Viagra in 2016.

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