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If you are considering purchasing medication from outside the U.S., be aware that, in most circumstances, it is technically not legal for individuals to import prescription drugs; however, U.S. government officials have stated that individuals who order non-controlled prescription drugs from Canada or other foreign sources (up to a three-month supply) for their own use are not being pursued or prosecuted.
How can I save money on Levitra (vardenafil)? Is the generic available?
Levitra (vardenafil) is a prescription medication used to treat erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, the cost for this brand name drug only continues to rise. As of July 2019, Levitra 20 mg has an average retail price of $633 for ten tablets in the U.S. Not surprisingly, more and more people are turning to the Internet for less expensive options.
Simple economics teaches us that as generics and alternatives become available, lower prices should follow. As we became familiar with Viagra, then Cialis, Levitra, and their generics, we would hope to find affordability just around the corner. Ah, but this is not always the reality in the prescription drug world. Unfortunately, “erectile pricing” is not limited to ED drugs, but it’s a prime example of how generic availability doesn’t exactly equal financial relief.
There are savings options with discount cards at U.S. pharmacies, but typically a 20% savings is the best you can do. Through the online pharmacies in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program, you can find Levitra 20 mg internationally for as low as $9.38 per tablet, which is a significant increase from the $5.38 per pill we recorded last year.
The good news? The generic is now available. The bad? It can still be very expensive at U.S. pharmacies (hello, erectile pricing!). Although the average retail price is now down from the $450 we recorded earlier this year, ten tablets of vardenafil still cost around $390. You can get the same amount for around $28 at international online pharmacies that we verify and monitor.
View the chart below to see Levitra (vardenafil) generic and brand name costs depending on the savings route you choose.
|Levitra (vardenafil) Cost in U.S. vs. Canada vs. Other International Pharmacies|
|Drug Strength (Quantity)||U.S. Average Retail Price||PharmacyChecker Discount Card Price||Canadian Pharmacy Price (with shipping)||International Pharmacy Price (with shipping)|
|Levitra 20 mg (10 tablets)||$633.14||$538.50||$161.45||$102.04|
|Vardenafil (generic Levitra) 20 mg (10 tablets)||$390.87||$84.22||$120.00||$28.05|
Prices recorded July 2019
Neighborhood Pharmacy Levitra (vardenafil) Discounts
You may have noticed the PharmacyChecker Discount Card price in the chart above. Some people would prefer to shop locally, and that’s great! You can take advantage of savings at your local CVS, Walmart, or independent pharmacy by using the PharmacyChecker Discount Card. Print out the card and keep it in your wallet or simply download it to your phone to use every time you go to the pharmacy. Americans receive significant discounts at all major chains and most independent pharmacies nationwide on not just Levitra, but most prescription medications.
Talk to Your Doctor about Levitra Costs
Ask your clinician for an alternative prescription, for the generic or a medication used for the same indication as Levitra. There are several ED drugs out there. Work with your doctor to choose an affordable option that your insurance plan may cover or is generally less expensive, either at your neighborhood pharmacy or an accredited international online pharmacy.
Are you worried other erectile dysfunction medications won’t work as well? That’s a valid concern. See Dr. Patel’s advice in our Ask PharmacyChecker post:
Safety When Buying Levitra (vardenafil) Online
It is important to note that Levitra (vardenafil) and other erectile dysfunction drugs, such as Viagra and Cialis, are known to be some of the most counterfeited medications sold online so take care not to be fooled by rogue online pharmacies that offer these brands without requiring a prescription. These sites are not verified by PharmacyChecker.com or another credentialing organization and may endanger your health or rip you off.
Is the Levitra or its generic, vardenafil, at international pharmacies the same as those sold in the United States?
According to the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), some medications sold outside the U.S. are the exact same and others are not. In many cases, medications sold in Canada and the U.S. are made in the same FDA-registered plants; the only difference is the packaging.
However, many medications sold in Canada and elsewhere are not the exact same but are foreign versions of the ones sold in the U.S., meaning they are not identical. Such medications may be manufactured in plants that are not registered with the FDA and may contain different inactive, pharmaceutical ingredients. To keep this in perspective, the generic drugs sold in the U.S., such as vardenafil, generic Levitra, are not identical to the brand.
So where is Levitra (vardenafil) manufactured?
Packaging of Levitra 10 mg sold in the United States shows that it is made in Germany. It’s worth noting that 71% of brand-name medication sold in the U.S. is manufactured outside of the U.S.
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