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Cialis and Tadalafil Prices at CVS (Updated August 2020)

CVS frequently adjusts its retail price for the erectile dysfunction medications Cialis and tadalafil. In August 2019, the prices at CVS for 20mg of both ED prescriptions (Cialis $76.16 and tadalafil $19.32) were higher than at competing retail outlets such as Walgreens, Walmart, and Rite Aid. By August 2020, however, CVS’s price on the generic medication (tadalafil 20mg $19.86) had fallen below that of most competitors.

Overall, the average price for 20mg of Cialis ($75.05) and the average price for tadalafil ($22.82) revealed only small differences in the retail price for these two medications. This is evidence that consumers should consider both prices as well as other factors when making their decisions between brick-and-mortar retail outlets, or convenient online pharmacies such as eDrugstore.com.

Cialis and Tadalafil

The drug tadalafil, sold under the brand name Cialis, is one of the most popular medications for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The generic tadalafil has only been available since October 2018, and more consumers are considering taking Cialis for ED.

Unlike some other popular ED medications such as Viagra, there are two dosing regimens for Cialis: either daily or as needed. Patients taking Cialis daily typically are prescribed 2.5mg per day, while those taking it as needed may use anywhere between 5mg to 20mg per dosage to combat erectile dysfunction. Your doctor will consult with you about the proper dosage.

CVS and Other Retail Pharmacies

If you have been prescribed Cialis or tadalafil, your next choice will be where to buy. CVS is the largest retail pharmacy with physical locations in the United States, dispensing $109 billion in revenue in the 2019 fiscal year. CVS is closely followed by Walgreens ($84.3 billion) and Walmart ($21.2 billion). Rite Aid is another player in the prescription market, having dispensed $14 billion in revenue in 2019.

Competition and Fluidity in Pricing of Cialis and Tadalafil

These four pharmacies make up a large share of the retail prescription drug market and compete heavily on pricing. Industry data show how each retail chain adjusts its pricing over time in order to maximize profit while claiming a bigger share of the market. As the chart below demonstrates, we can see that price fluidity in the way that CVS has priced prescription Cialis and tadalafil over the last year.

As you can see from the data above, CVS seems to have stabilized the price per 20mg of name-brand Cialis at $76.16, a price that has held since August of 2019. The price of generic tadalafil fluctuates.

CVS’s August 2020 price of $76.16 for 20mg of Cialis is only slightly cheaper than Walgreens’s price of $76.18, and is more expensive than Walmart ($73.91) and several other smaller pharmacies such as Publix ($69.23), Costco ($74.44) and Kroger ($75.34).

What Accounts for Price Fluidity?

Especially in the case of generic tadalafil, retail pharmacies have spent the last year seeking a “Goldilocks” price for the medication. Each outlet seeks to balance price with profit and customer satisfaction, with the larger chain pharmacies able to offer lower prices.

What do consumers sacrifice, however, for those lower prices? Convenience, time, privacy, and service.

Benefits of Online Pharmacies like eDrugstore

There are multiple benefits to ordering from an online pharmacy like eDrugstore. Ordering online allows you to simply, quickly and easily order refills, renew prescriptions, check your order status, view your claims history, and find prescription drug information.

In addition, if you do not yet have a prescription, eDrugstore will set you up with a complimentary online consultation with a licensed U.S. doctor, who will be able to go through your medical history with you and choose both the ED medication and the dosing scheme that will work best for you. This service provides huge savings in money and time, as well as more privacy.

Using eDrugstore, in general, will save you time in a variety of ways (and as the saying goes, time is money!). By using eDrugstore you will save time in:

  • Ordering prescriptions and refills
  • Not having to drive to a retail store
  • Not having to wait in line
  • Being able to access your prescription records for tax purposes and for HSAs and FSAs
  • Having access to easy information about your prescription.

Many people do not enjoy either the hassle or the time lost in going to a brick-and-mortar drugstore. Savvy consumers choose convenience, discretion, and savings of time and money when they choose to shop online or get, fill, and refill their prescriptions online.

Check Out the Services that eDrugstore Has to Offer

Whether or not you already have a prescription for ED medication, eDrugstore is here to help. Whether you choose to speak to us via phone or online, we will provide you with only the best in medical consultation, information, and support.

We encourage you to visit eDrugstore.com for medications as well as other products, services, tips, and quality information that will enhance your life. Get coupons, compare medications, learn exercises, and speak with a representative today at eDrugstore.com!

Elizabeth Nichols is an experienced and flexible author with extensive experience in both popular media and academic publishing. She specializes in health, medical and travel writing.