Online Prescriptions

  • Most online prescriptions can be written online by a HealthTap doctor*

  • Prescriptions are sent to the local pharmacy of your choice

  • Online prescriptions are usually filled by your pharmacy in less than 4-hours

  • HealthTap members can save up to 75% on online prescriptions

*Prescriptions provided at physician's discretion

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HealthTap subscribers get discounts on prescriptions written by their personal primary care physician.

Geoffrey Rutledge, MD, PhD, FACMI
Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer, HealthTap

Get online prescriptions through HealthTap

New and existing refill prescriptions online are written by HealthTap doctors and sent to the local pharmacy of your choice within a couple of hours.

Urgent care doctors are online 24/7, can help with one-time refills for most medications, and can write new short-term prescriptions like antibiotics or Tamiflu.

For new prescriptions, online Primary Care clinic doctors prescribe just about everything an in-person doctor would, including antibiotics, birth control pills, hypertension and diabetes medications, and some antidepressants.

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Manage your prescriptions online with your HealthTap doctor

Subscribe to HealthTap and choose a primary care doctor that will partner with you to manage your prescriptions online. Primary care doctors know you, your history, and concerns, ensuring you get the online prescriptions you need.

How to get prescriptions online

  1. Subscribe to HealthTap and save on virtual visits and prescriptions.
  2. Start a visit with a HealthTap doctor licensed in your state.
  3. Discuss your medical symptoms with your HealthTap doctor.
  4. If your doctor prescribes a medication for you, we will send your prescription to the local pharmacy of your choice.
  5. HealthTap shows the best prices in your area, saving our members an average of 69% on prescription medications.
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Online prescriptions commonly prescribed by HealthTap doctors

Erectile dysfunction

Viagra | sildenafilCialis | tadalafil


Lexapro | escitalopramCymbalta | citalopram

High blood pressure

Altace | ramiprilTrandate | labetalol

Herpes or cold sore

Valtrex | valacyclovir


Tamiflu | oseltamivir

Bacterial infections

Antibiotics (most antibiotics can be prescribed by urgent care or primary care physicians)


Antihistamine (over-the-counter or prescription)

Birth control

Common birth control pills and patches can be prescribed by primary care physicians.


Celebrex (celecoxib)Voltaren (diclofenac)

Thyroid insufficiency

Synthroid (levothyroxine)

Common questions about online prescriptions

Can't I just order my online prescriptions? Why do I need an appointment?

Prescription medications can not be dispensed without consulting a physician. However, you can meet with an urgent care doctor for certain new medications and prescription refills online, or with your primary care doctor for all other needs. This can be done online via video chat on your phone or computer.

What medications can't be prescribed online?

Controlled substances cannot be prescribed online. Some examples of medications that cannot be prescribed online include: Stimulants (e.g. Adderall, Ritalin), antipsychotic medications (e.g. Seroquel, Zyprexa, Risperdal), sedatives and sleep aids (e.g. Xanax, Ambien, Ativan, Lunesta), and narcotics (e.g. morphine, oxycodone,Vicodin).

Antibiotics without seeing a doctor?

Antibiotics are prescribed by a doctor when needed. Antibiotics are the most common medication prescribed online. Certain antibiotics can cause side effects or allergic reactions, so it can be necessary to receive ongoing care from a doctor familiar with your medical history. The good news is that HealthTap doctors are available 365 days a year to see patients in need, without having to go to the doctor's office. Online prescription discount coupons are available to HealthTap subscribers with savings up to 75% on many medications.

How fast can I get a prescription online?

Online prescriptions are available from HealthTap video visits in most cases. Urgent care visits are available 24/7 with less than 10-minute average wait times, or you can make an appointment with your primary care doctor at a time that's convenient for you. Online prescription video consults generally last about 15 minutes and orders are sent to the local pharmacy of your choice within a couple of hours.

With or without insurance, your HealthTap doctor will help you get the medication you need at a price you can afford.

Get online prescriptions for almost any condition

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What to expect with your visit:

What's included:

  • Prescriptions sent to your pharmacy
  • Lab tests and specialist referrals
  • Doctor's notes
  • Appointment scheduling for local care

Not included:

  • Opioid and controlled substance prescriptions
  • Psychiatric and lifestyle medication prescriptions
  • Life-threatening situations or medical emergencies

Reviewed by:

Geoffrey Rutledge, MD, PhD, FACMI

Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer, HealthTap

Dr. Rutledge is a double-board certified physician who practiced and taught medicine for more than 25 years. He attended medical school at McGill University in Montreal, then completed residency training in Internal Medicine at UCSD, and was certified by the boards of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He earned a PhD in medical computer science from Stanford, was an NIH-funded researcher, and served on clinical and teaching faculty at Harvard, Stanford, and UCSD medical schools. Before co-founding HealthTap, he created the first consumer health website and PHR at Healtheon/WebMD, was SVP of clinical transformation at First Consulting Group, CMIO at San Mateo Medical Center, and EVP, Product Development and Chief Medical Officer at Epocrates.