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Cost of Treating ED Compared to Treating High Cholesterol for a Month

The cost of treating elevated cholesterol levels, a major cause of vascular-related erectile dysfunction, is today nearly the same as the cost of treating ED itself. This demonstrates the rapid downward trend in prices for ED drugs that began with the introduction of generic alternatives in late 2017. 

Elevated blood cholesterol levels is one of the major contributing causes of atherosclerosis, a condition in which the inner walls of the arteries become coated with fatty plaques, thus diminishing the amount of blood they can carry. And atherosclerosis, not surprisingly, is a major cause of erectile dysfunction, roughly 80 percent of which is attributable to insufficient blood flow to the penis.

Poses Broader Threat to Health

Because atherosclerosis not only compromises blood flow to the penis but to other vital organs throughout the body as well, the condition poses a serious threat to overall cardiovascular health. This means that men with atherosclerosis also face a heightened risk of heart attack and stroke.

For at least some men with ED, cholesterol-related atherosclerosis is the primary cause of their symptoms of impotence. Reducing their cholesterol intake could very well improve blood flow and thus obviate their need for an ED medication. Here we compare the approximate monthly cost of treating elevated blood levels of cholesterol with the monthly cost of ED drugs to temporarily achieve and sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse.

Lipitor Costs $90-$100 per Month

Based on a recent review of prices at major U.S. pharmacies, the average price for a 30-day supply of 20-milligram atorvastatin (Lipitor) ranges from $90 to $100.

According to, researchers at the Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute estimate that men between the ages of 40 and 49 have sex an average of 69 times a year, or just under six times a month. Based on eDrugstore’s current price of $50.05 (including 9% discount) per 100-milligram tablet of sildenafil (generic Viagra), that puts the cost per 50-milligram dose — the recommended starting dose — at $25.03.

Some Get by with Lower Dose

For men who need the 50-milligram dose to get sildenafil’s desired results, the cost per month is $150, but it drops to half that, or $75 per month, for men who can achieve satisfactory erections with a 25-milligram dose.

As you can see, the monthly costs of treating elevated blood levels of cholesterol and erectile dysfunction are very close to one another. This underlines the downward trend in the cost of ED treatment that has occurred since the introduction of generic alternatives that began in late 2017. Generics today cost only a fraction of their original brand-name versions.

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Many men with ED find that they can save both time and money by ordering their drugs from longtime online facilitator eDrugstore. Based in Tempe, Arizona, eDrugstore has been in business since the late 1990s and supplies only FDA-approved medications.

The online pharmacy offers a full range of ED medications, including both brand-name and generic drugs. For men who don’t yet have prescriptions, eDrugstore can set up a complimentary online consultation with a licensed U.S. physician who can authorize a prescription if appropriate. To learn more, visit eDrugstore’s Erectile Dysfunction page.

Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+