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The Cheapest Place to Find Viagra Online

Answered by Rebecca Farley | Reviewed by a licensed U.S. pharmacist | Posted October 07, 2020

Viagra? Expensive “blue pill”? Viagra (generic name sildenafil) is widely recognized as the drug that can help induce and prolong an erection. Its popularity might leave you assuming this ED drug is cheap: Surely, if your friends can joke about it over dinner, this isn’t one of those expensive medications you keep hearing about. Alack, alas, that’s not the case. Sildenafil (the generic) sells for an average of $38 a tablet in the United States. The brand name, as you might expect, is even more expensive. The cheapest way to purchase Viagra is to opt for the generic versions, sildenafil, and order internationally from PharmacyChecker-accredited online pharmacies. Sildenafil tablets can be ordered online for as much as 99% cheaper than the average U.S. retail price.

Compare Viagra (Sildenafil) U.S. vs. International Prices

Drug Strength Quantity U.S. Average Retail Price PharmacyChecker.com U.S. Discount Card Price Lowest International Pharmacy Price Greatest Percentage Savings
Viagra (Sildenafil) 100 mg 30 tablets Around $2,400 $2,206.36 $187.83 92%
Sildenafil (generic) 100 mg 30 tablets $1,157.05 $19.63 $11.57 99%

Sources: Average U.S. Retail Price calculated based on pricing on GoodRx.com. U.S. Discount Card Price based on availability at pharmacies near New Orleans, LA listed on PharmacyChecker.com. Lowest Accredited International Pharmacy Price based on prices listed on PharmacyChecker.com.

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Does Viagra (sildenafil) have another use?

Yes. Although it is more commonly associated with its use as an ED medication, sildenafil can also be used to treat pulmonary hypertension. As a treatment for pulmonary hypertension, sildenafil goes by the brand name Revatio. The FDA approved Viagra in 1998 for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. In 2005, the FDA approved Revatio, also sildenafil citrate, to be used as a treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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If Viagra hit the market before the millennium, why is it still so expensive?

Even the generic form of Viagra is $38 per pill, and brand name prices appear to be going up, not easing down in the wake of competition. According to CNBC, reporting on research from the Scripps Research Translational Institute, the price of brand name Viagra surged 190% between the years 2012 and 2017. For comparison, insulin prices, infamously high, rose approximately 118% in the same period of time.

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Do you have to have a prescription to get Viagra?

Viagra and Cialis are both prescription-only drugs in the U.S. As of 2017, Viagra is an over-the-counter medication in the U.K. Consumers seeking Viagra in the U.K. will have to answer a few questions for the pharmacist and doctors recommend that people taking Viagra regularly for over six months consult with their doctor to monitor side effects. The U.K. move is promising, as it portends a potential move to OTC for U.S. consumers as well.

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What are the side effects of Viagra?

According to Pfizer, serious side effects include:

  • An erection that will not go away (priapism)

If you have an erection that lasts more than four hours, get medical help right away. If it is not treated right away, priapism can permanently damage your penis.

  • Sudden vision loss in one or both eyes

Sudden vision loss in one or both eyes can be a sign of a serious eye problem called non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION). Stop taking Viagra and call your provider right away if you have sudden vision loss in one or both eyes.

  • Sudden hearing decrease or hearing loss

Some people may also have ringing in their ears (tinnitus) or dizziness. If you have these symptoms, stop taking Viagra and contact a doctor right away.

The most common side effects of Viagra are headache; flushing; upset. stomach; abnormal vision, such as changes in color vision (such as having a blue color tinge) and blurred vision; stuffy or runny nose; back pain; muscle pain; nausea; dizziness; rash.

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Will my insurance cover Viagra?

Insurance does tend to cover Viagra, but sometimes paying cash with an accompanying discount coupon could prove cheaper. CVS Caremark’s formulary lists Revatio and generic sildenafil citrate as covered, although it will not cover brand name Viagra. Scripps lists Revatio, Cialis, and Viagra as covered drugs.

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Where is Viagra manufactured?

Viagra sold in the U.S. is manufactured in Ireland. Sildenafil citrate sold in the U.S. is manufactured in India.

 
 

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