After months of uncertainly, we’ve finally discovered that the popular erectile dysfunction medication Levitra has been discontinued by the manufacturer. The good news is that vardenafil, the generic equivalent of Levitra, is still available nationwide — the same active ingredient at a much lower price than Levitra. [Español]
Prices for vardenafil remain mixed, with CVS and Target, which is owned by CVS, offering 20 milligrams of vardenafil for $14.19 this month.
The CVS/Target price for 10 milligram vardenafil is $7.10 this month.
CVS in Comparison to Other Pharmacies
Our research shows that CVS maintained a price of $14.19 for 20 milligrams of generic vardenafil this month, a higher price than retailers like Costco which offers the same dosage for $3.78. Overall, the national average for 20 milligrams of vardenafil is $16.51.
For the 10 milligram dose strength, The CVS/Target price is slightly less than the national average of $8.26.
Prices for prescription medications change often, and consumers are wise to not only consider the cost of individual pills when shopping for vardenafil but also the time, effort, and money they can save by using an online provider like eDrugstore.
Levitra and Vardenafil: Newer Players in the Field of ED Medication
While the ED medication Viagra/sildenafil has been around for decades (receiving FDA approval in 1996), the brand-name Levitra has only been a player in the ED market since 2003, when it was approved for marketing by the USDA.
Levitra is taken orally 60 minutes before sexual activity. For most patients, the recommended starting dose is 10 milligrams, which many people achieve by cutting a 20 milligram pill in half. The maximum recommended dosing is only once daily, so one 20 milligram pill may be used for two doses — two days’ worth of treatment.
Why Some Retailers Offer Lower Costs on Generic Vardenafil
As a major retailer that seeks to sell not only prescription drugs but also a range of home healthcare items and groceries, it is to CVS’s advantage to undercut the prices of other drug retailers.
By placing their pharmacy counters in the back of the store, retailers like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart hope to ensure that consumers will browse other offerings on their way to pick up prescriptions. The profit on those sales for stores like CVS makes up for the shortfall in the price of drugs.
How many times have you stopped at a retail pharmacy for your prescription and bought other items, either on your way to or from the pharmacy counter or while you waited for your prescription to be filled? Are you sure that you received the lowest price for those items?
When considering your pharmacy options, it is a good idea to factor in those (sometimes unnecessary) purchases when you consider the best value for your time and money.
Get the Most for Your Time and Money
While major retail outlets like Walmart and CVS are ubiquitous in the United States, they may not be the best bet for ED patients seeking the best deal. You should consider other factors, as well, when choosing where to source your erectile dysfunction medication. These factors include:
Yes, brick-and-mortar retailers are convenient in the sense that there is likely one close to home. How convenient is it for you, however, to make time in your day to call in the prescription and then wait in line at the drive-through pickup window or in the store itself in order to pick up the medication? Wouldn’t it be more convenient to have your medicine delivered directly to your home?
Modern U.S. consumers are busy, with schedules that do not often allow the trip through traffic to another location. Time is a real consideration when choosing between the online ordering of medicine with home delivery or using the physical retailer.
Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we have learned that physical stores and proximity to other people can be a real concern due to the transmission of illness. Home delivery like the kind offered by online retailer eDrugstore lets you get your medication without risking exposure.
While the price per dose of Levitra and vardenafil may be lower at retailers like CVS, when considering the price, consumers should also consider the additional costs of time off work (lost wages); the cost of gas, public transport, or vehicle depreciation; and the price of impulse purchases when they visit a retail store.
eDrugstore Makes It Easy
When you’re ready to order erectile dysfunction medication, browse our medication guide or call us at 1-800-467-5146 for a free medical consultation with a U.S.-licensed physician. We will issue your prescription and send your medication discreetly to your door. With eDrugstore, virtual health visits and shipping are always free.
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.