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Nine-Month Changes to Levitra and Vardenafil Prices: July 2019-March 2020

Levitra along with vardenafil, its generic counterpart, were considerably less expensive in March 2020 than they were in July 2019. Their lower prices might reflect less demand for these specific erectile dysfunction (ED) medications.

FDA Approved Levitra in 2003

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2003, Levitra was the second PDE5 inhibitor to hit the U.S. market, arriving nearly 5½ years after Viagra made its debut in early 1998. Cialis got the green light from the FDA only a couple of months after Levitra. Combined, these three medications are referred to as the “Big 3” erectile dysfunction (ED) medications.

Dispensed in tablets of 10 and 20 mg, Levitra is closest in onset and duration of action to Viagra. Both are designed to be taken as needed, usually 30 to 60 minutes before the anticipated start of sexual activity. By contrast, Cialis takes up to two hours to take effect but lasts for up to 36 hours.

Levitra Down $6.86 per Tablet

The average prices of both Levitra and its generic equivalent, vardenafil, in March 2020 were lower than where they were in mid-2019, according to Secure Medical’s monthly review of select prescription drug prices.

Levitra and vardenafil dropped 10.9 and 56.8 percent in price, respectively, from July 2019. The price drop was less dramatic for the brand-name medication, which fell from $62.98 per 20 mg tablet in July 2019 to $56.12 in March. The price of its generic equivalent fell from $48.88 per 20 mg tablet to $21.12 in March.

Save by Splitting Pills

The recommended starting dose for Levitra and vardenafil is 10 mg, but prices quoted here are for 20 mg tablets of the medication. The price for 10 and 20 mg tablets is identical. Not surprisingly, savvy shoppers discovered long ago that they could save money by buying the higher-strength tablets and splitting them in half, effectively giving them two doses for the price of one. Consumers should consult their doctor to determine if this is appropriate for them.

Levitra’s average 20 mg price of $56.12 meant that the average cost per 10 mg dose was $28.06. Among the major pharmacy retailers surveyed for Secure Medical’s March 2020 price review, Publix had the lowest price for 20 mg Levitra at $52.13, or $26.07 per 10 mg dose.

Costco Had Lowest Vardenafil Price

Vardenafil’s average price of $21.12 per 20 mg tablet represented a cost per 10 mg dose of $10.56. Among the pharmacy retailers surveyed for the March price review, Costco had the lowest price for vardenafil at $12.40 per 20 mg tablet, or $6.20 per 10 mg dose.

For those who prefer the convenience and privacy of ordering their ED drugs online, many have found that they can save both time and money by ordering through Arizona-based eDrugstore.com.

A longtime online medical facilitator, eDrugstore serves as a middleman between customers, physicians, and pharmacies, using telemedicine technologies to facilitate all transactions. To learn more, pay a visit to 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+