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Here’s How Much Generic ED Drugs Can Save You in Early 2020

Choose the generic equivalents of the Big Three erectile dysfunction drugs, and you could save yourself a bundle. And those generics are every bit as effective and safe as their brand-name counterparts.

The past couple of years have witnessed an overall downtrend in the average prices for erectile dysfunction drugs. Much of the credit for this greater affordability of ED medications must go to the generic equivalents of these drugs, which first began hitting the market in the closing days of 2017.

As of January 2020, generic equivalents were available for all of the Big Three brand-name ED drugs — Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. To hold onto whatever market share they could, most of these brand-name drugs have lowered their prices to better compete with their generic counterparts.

How Do Generics Stack Up?

For those who question how well these generic drugs compare with their brand-name counterparts, it’s helpful to review the stringent regulations of the Food and Drug Administration governing generic medications. It’s also helpful to note that generics account for 9 out of every 10 prescriptions filled in the United States. And that’s for all prescription drugs, not just ED medications.

FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs requires that generic medications “contain the same active/key ingredient; have the same strength; use the same dosage form; and use the same route of administration.” Generic drugs can differ in terms of their inactive ingredients — substances used as fillers or coloring agents — and need not bear any physical resemblance to the brand-name drugs for which they substitute.

According to the 2019 annual report of the Association for Accessible Medicines, the availability of low-cost generics has saved the U.S. healthcare system $2 trillion over the last decade.

Sildenafil vs. Viagra

In January 2020, the average price for a 100 mg tablet of sildenafil, the generic equivalent of Viagra, was $22.85. That 100 mg tablet could be split in half to yield two 50 mg doses — the recommended starting dose — for $11.43 per dose. By contrast, a 100 mg tablet of Viagra cost $79.93 in January 2020, which amounts to $39.97 per 50 mg dose. Opting for the generic could save you $57.08 per 100 mg pill and $28.54 per 50 mg dose.

Tadalafil vs. Cialis

Tadalafil, the generic equivalent of Cialis, had an average price of $18.01 per 20 mg tablet in January 2020. That would bring the cost per recommended starting dose of 10 mg to $9.01. The average price of a 20 mg tablet of brand-name Cialis was $74.75, or $37.38 per 10 mg dose. Choose tadalafil instead of Cialis, and you’ll save $56.74 per 20 mg tablet and $28.37 per 10 mg dose.

Vardenafil vs. Levitra

The average price of 20 mg vardenafil hydrochloride, the generic equivalent of Levitra, was $21.51 in January 2020. Split in two, that 20 mg tablet would yield two 10 mg doses at a cost of $10.76 each. Compare that to the average January 2020 price of brand-name Levitra at $54.13 per 20 mg tablet, or $27.07 per 10 mg dose. As you can see, your savings would be substantial.

Benefits of Ordering Online

If the convenience and privacy of ordering your ED drugs online appeal to you, it would be worth your time to check out all that eDrugstore.com has to offer. Its prices include not just the drugs themselves but a number of time- and money-saving services as well.

Ordering online from eDrugstore will save you the hassle of trips to and from the local pharmacy, as well as any time you might have to spend waiting in line. And eDrugstore offers free shipping. You say you don’t have a prescription? Not to worry, because eDrugstore has just the solution for you. Its complimentary online consultation service will match you up with a physician licensed to practice in your state. If that doctor determines that you’re an appropriate candidate for the drug you’re ordering, a prescription will be authorized. 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+