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January 14, 2024
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How to Safely Purchase Cialis (Tadalafil) in Singapore

In this article, you'll discover the various options available to purchase prescription Cialis (Tadalafil) in Singapore, the pros and cons of purchasing it offline in a clinic versus using a telemedicine platform, what the difference between Cialis and Tadalafil is, and how to choose the right dosage of Cialis best suited for you.

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Is Cialis Legal In Singapore?

Yes.

Classified as a prescription-only medication by the Health Science Authorities (HSA), this means that Cialis cannot be purchased over-the-counter from pharmacies and can only be obtained from a licensed doctor.

Cialis Dosages & Their Prices in Singapore

DosagePrice in Singapore
Cialis 5mg$234.51
Cialis 20mg$102.60
Tadalafil 5mg$145.80
Tadalafil 20mg$58.32
Tadalafil Oral Films 5mg$140.40
Tadalafil Oral Films 20mg$64.80
Tadalafil Mints 20mg$64.80
Tadalafil + Dapoxetine Mints 20mg$103.68

Where in Singapore Can You Buy Cialis?

Pharmacies (Watsons, Unity, Guardian) 

Singaporean woman browsing through soaps at a pharmacy

Local pharmacy chains in Singapore like Guardian, Watsons and Unity do carry Cialis and other ED medications

However, it is crucial to note that to purchase Cialis from these pharmacies, you will still need a prescription from a licensed doctor. Unlike picking up a box of cold medicine, you will not be able to purchase Cialis over-the-counter as it is considered a controlled medication in Singapore. 

GPs / Family Clinics / Polyclinics 

Patient consulting with his doctor at a clinic

You will be able to get diagnosed with erectile dysfunction and get a prescription of Cialis through your GP, family doctor or even at the nearby polyclinic. 

Telemedicine Clinics

Patient doing an online consultation with Dr. Kevin Chua, the Clinical Lead at Noah

Rising in prominence during the Covid-19 pandemic, telemedicine platforms have steadily increased in popularity in Singapore, offering users a convenient and discreet way to access prescription medications online. 

Launched in 2020, Noah is a digital health clinic for men to get the sexual healthcare they need, discreetly. With Noah, patients can speak to licensed doctors at their convenience, get their medication delivered right to their doorstep within 4 hours free of charge, and receive free follow-ups after their initial consultation. 

Offline vs Online Buying: Which Is Best For You? 

Offline (Clinics, Pharmacies)


While it is true that having a physical, face-to-face consultation at a clinic does add a personal touch, you might not feel comfortable disclosing sensitive details about your sex life with a doctor. 

Awkwardness aside, you still have to physically make your way down to the clinic's location, wait in long lines before even speaking to a doctor, wait some more to make your payment, and finally collect your medication. All the while hoping you don't bump into anyone you know in the waiting room and that the receptionist doesn't yell out what your prescription is. 

While there is less waiting time if you were to buy Cialis at a pharmacy, you will still need to obtain a prescription. 

Online (Telemedicine Platforms) 

The biggest benefits to telemedicine platforms to get prescription ED medication is its convenience and its discretion. 

With Noah, a zero-judgement digital health clinic for men, you can get the ED treatment you need from the comfort of home. You won't have to worry about the legitimacy or safety of the ED medications provided as Noah is recognized by the Ministry of Health as a direct telemedicine service provider

While it can be an embarrassing topic to broach, you shouldn't feel alone in your struggles with ED. There are several ED treatments available locally that can help you overcome ED safely and effectively. Once you get the treatment you need, it won't be hard to get hard anymore.

What To Avoid When Buying Cialis Online

While it is safe to buy Cialis online, provided the platform you're using is a direct telemedicine service provider recognized by the Ministry of Health (MOH), it is still important to exercise caution when looking to purchase for Cialis online. 

Here are 3 things to look out for: 

1. Dodgy Looking Websites

Is the site you're looking at filled with questionable (and potentially illicit) imagery and filled with numerous ads? If so, you should probably click away and avoid purchasing Cialis from suspicious and unverified websites.
As mentioned earlier, you should stick to reputable licensed telemedicine platforms that are recognised by the Ministry of Health.

If you are unable to find a valid physical address, any contact information, or proper accreditation, it's best to avoid the site or listing.

2. Cheap Prices 

It might be tempting to pull the trigger when you spot a listing of Cialis going for a significantly cheaper price on a site or e-commerce platform. 

But as the saying goes, if it's too good to be true, it probably is.  

It is likely that these are counterfeit medications that either don't contain enough of the active ingredient to make them effective, or contain too much that they cause harmful side effects. They might even contain substances that have been banned for being too dangerous to consume.

3. Outlandish Claims

"Long-lasting products are strong! Instant erection! 100% Natural!'

You should be wary if you spot any online listings that promise these exaggerated claims. Since these medications being sold are not regulated or tested extensively by the  Health Science Authority (HSA), it is possible they might contain potent active ingredients that produce quick results but could also cause dangerous side effects. 

Can Cialis be Purchased In Singapore Without A Doctor's Prescription? 

Unfortunately no. 

In order to get Cialis or any ED medication locally, you will need to see a doctor for a prescription. 

Your research might turn up sites that claim you can order a variety of ED medications online from them without a prescription. However, these sites (and the medications sold) have not been approved by the Health Science Authority (HSA) and are considered as illegal ways to obtain ED medication without a doctor's prescription. 

In a 2014 article published by the Straits Times, HSA reported that 11 men in Singapore have died from consuming illegal sex enhancement drugs, with more than 300 men experiencing adverse reactions. Some men even required hospitalisation due low blood sugar levels that caused them to fall into a coma. 

HSA warns against purchasing illegal sex enhancement drugs from sites like these as they could potentially put you in harm's way. Sold without a prescription or a doctor's supervision, these illicit ED medications are often made in conditions that have very little oversight  and quality control. As a result, these illicit ED drugs could contain too little of the active ingredient to make them effective, or contain too much that they cause harmful side effects. They might even contain substances that have been banned for being too dangerous to consume.

What's The Difference Between Cialis and Tadalafil? 

So what is the difference between Cialis and Tadalafil (the generic equivalent of Cialis)?

You might have noticed that both contain the same active ingredient: Tadalafil.

This means that the chemical content of Cialis and Tadalafil are completely identical and will produce the exact same benefits. So if you take Tadalafil, you will be able to enjoy the effects of it for up to 36 hours.

However, they do differ in some significant ways.

1. Physical Appearance

Cialis tablets are typically yellow, oval-shaped, and film-coated. They come in 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg, or 20mg doses.

Eli Lilly-branded daily Cialis (5mg) pill.

Tadalafil might have a similar appearance, but it can also come in different colours and shapes depending on its pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Generic Daily Pill (5mg) Sold By Noah.

2. Effectiveness

Whether it's branded or generic, any difference in how these two medications look is simply cosmetic and has no impact on their medical benefits. Both Cialis and Tadalafil will work exactly the same. 

3. Price Difference

Cialis is manufactured by Eli Lilly, and as a well known ED medication, the company is able to charge the medication at a premium price.

As a generic, Tadalafil is produced by several different manufacturers and sold by any licensed pharmaceutical provider. This means the market is very competitive and helps drive the price of this generic medication down.

Cialis can cost anywhere from two to three times more than the generic version of Tadalafil.

Brand-name Cialis 20mg is priced at up to S$205.20 for a box of 8 tablets, whereas Tadalafil (generic Cialis) costs S$116.64 for the same quantity. For a month's supply, brand-name Cialis 5mg can amount to S$226.90, whereas an equivalent amount of Tadalafil 5mg is priced at S$145.80.

As mentioned earlier, there is no difference between Cialis and Tadalafil. Tadalafil will work in the same way as its brand-name counterpart, providing the same clinical benefits as Cialis and will be able to treat ED with the same level of effectiveness.

The biggest difference that Tadalafil will have is to your wallet, as it is significantly cheaper than brand-name Cialis.

Side Effects 

The more common side effects that can occur with Cialis include:

• Headache
• Upset Stomach
• Back Pain
• Muscle Aches
• Flushing (Reddish Skin)
• Stuffy Or Runny Nose
• Diarrhoea

It is important that you contact your doctor immediately if you begin to experience the following serious side effects:

• You experience priapism, the prolonged erection of the penis that lasts more than 4 hours
• The dizziness, nausea or chest pain you experience doesn’t go away after having sex
• You experience a sudden decrease or loss in hearing
• You experience a sudden loss of vision in either one or both eyes

Other Things To Note When Buying Cialis

1. Choosing The Right Dosage

Cialis is available in 2 doses: 5mg and 20mg. While both have the same active ingredient, they differ in their potency and frequency of use. 

Benefits of Cialis 5mg: 

Taking Cialis 5mg daily allows you to achieve and maintain an erection at any time without the need to plan ahead for sexual activity. You won't have to wait for the 30 - 60 minutes it takes for your medication to take effect because Cialis 5mg remains in your system continuously. This makes it incredibly convenient for users seeking a more spontaneous and natural sexual experience. 

Since it is a lower dose, daily Cialis is also less likely to cause side effects compared to its 20mg counterpart.

Drawbacks of Cialis 5mg: 

Due to its lower dosage, Daily Cialis often requires several days of regular use before it becomes fully effective.

If you are prone to experiencing mild side effects like nasal congestion, headaches, or muscle aches when using Cialis, opting for Cialis 5mg (daily Cialis) may become inconvenient and bothersome, as these side effects can be persistent due to its continuous presence in your system.

Benefits of Cialis 20mg:

Thanks to its higher potency, Cialis 20mg takes only 30 to 60 minutes to start working. Additionally, Cialis 20mg is less affected by food, allowing you to take it with a meal without significant delay in its effectiveness.

Unlike other ED treatments, Cialis 20mg is one of the longest-lasting ED medications, with effects lasting up to 36 hours. This allows you to enjoy a more satisfying sexual experience.

Drawback of Cialis 20mg:

As mentioned earlier, one of the biggest drawbacks of Cialis 20mg is that it requires you to plan ahead before having sex. While the wait time is relatively short (30 - 60 minutes), this might take the spontaneity out of your sexual experience. 

Another drawback of its higher dosage is that you might experience more intense side effects.

2. Age Requirement To Get A Prescription 

The minimum age to be prescribed Cialis or any other ED medication on the Noah platform is 21 years old. 

If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, it is advisable that you consult a doctor. Here at Noah, our doctors are best equipped with the knowledge to help you ascertain the root cause of your ED and can determine whether Cialis is right for you. They will be able to advise you on the best treatment suited for you, and can also prescribe you the right medication should you need it.

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Written by our Editorial Team
Last updated
14/1/2024
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