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Can You Buy Viagra Online for Cheap?

Shopping for Viagra online can be hazardous to your health and wallet unless you carefully check out potential vendors before placing an order. Online offers that strike you as too good to be true usually are.

Pfizer chalked up roughly $1.2 billion in 2017 worldwide revenues from its pioneering erectile dysfunction drug Viagra. But, generally speaking, Pfizer isn’t the company that actually sells Viagra to you. Instead, you have to choose which retail vendor to purchase the drug from. Of course you want to choose the one that’s the cheapest, right?

If you are interested in purchasing drugs like Viagra online, you’re bombarded with options. A Google search on “buy Viagra online” returns more than 44 million search results, but how many of the possible vendors represented are really reliable? Clearly there are plenty of people who want to sell you Viagra, but how do you separate out the counterfeiters and how do you know which price comparisons are valid?

Where to Begin

You should compare prices based on dosage, although this, too, can be tricky. For example, most pharmacies price 100-milligram Viagra tablets the same as 50-milligram Viagra tablets. Because of this, many men would rather obtain a prescription for 100-milligram tablets even if they only need 50 milligrams. In so doing, they can then split the 100-milligram tablets in half and effectively get two doses for one. When you compare Viagra prices online, you’ll notice that the legitimate online vendors don’t really stray too far from the $37 to $40 per 50-milligram dose.

Is There a Generic?

Although Viagra has not yet gone off-patent in the United States and won’t until April 2020, generic formulations of the drug are already available. They came on the market in December 2017 and are marketed simply as sildenafil citrate, which is Viagra’s active ingredient.

Generic versions of the little blue pill are currently being marketed by Teva Pharmaceuticals and Greenstone LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer. Before long, more generic competition can be expected to enter the U.S. market. These generic alternatives are priced 40 to 50 percent lower than the brand-name medication.

Counterfeits Are Very Common

It can be difficult, if not impossible, for consumers to detect counterfeit drugs.

While many online ads for “Viagra” try to convince you to buy “herbal” or “natural” Viagra, many of these compounds do not have the active ingredient in real Viagra and may not work at all. Others have been found to contain sildenafil as an unlisted ingredient and at levels too low to be effective or so high as to be hazardous to your health. Furthermore, if you find “real Viagra” or “genuine Viagra” online for just a few dollars per pill, you can bet that they’re counterfeit, even if you open them up and they look just like the real thing. Viagra is one of the most commonly counterfeited prescription drugs.

Unfortunately, counterfeit drugs are sometimes a problem even with Canadian pharmacies. While people in the United States tend to automatically trust Canadian websites and particularly Canadian pharmacies (since so many U.S. residents cross the border to shop at brick-and-mortar Canadian pharmacies), there is no simple way to be sure that Canadian pharmacy websites obtain their products from legitimate drug wholesalers or manufacturers, or that they’re really located in Canada.

If you’re comparing real Viagra made by Pfizer, don’t expect more than a few dollars’ difference between prices online. You can save some money, but you should also factor in things like shipping options, costs for shipping, and how long it takes to receive your order.

Online Pharmacy Checklist

When you compare prices of Viagra online, try to ensure that you are comparing prices among legitimate websites. Signs that you’re buying from a legitimate supplier of authenticated Viagra include:

  • requiring a prescription for Viagra before it can be dispensed
  • an actual U.S. street address (not a P.O. Box) for the website
  • the promise to sell only FDA-approved medications
  • the presence of U.S.-certified pharmacists and physicians
  • certification seals on the website
  • physicians on staff to issue valid prescriptions based on medical history and online questionnaire data
  • patient identity and age verified by phone or electronically

Once you have narrowed down your selection of providers to those who are legitimately selling actual Viagra manufactured by Pfizer or a generic equivalent from a known drugmaker, you’re ready to compare prices, including shipping costs and options.

Too Good to Be True?

When it comes to extremely popular drugs like Viagra, the temptation for counterfeiters and scammers is great. That’s why you find so many sites advertising Viagra (or herbal Viagra) at cut-rate prices. Legitimate online facilitators and pharmacies won’t be selling Viagra for a price significantly different from those charged by major U.S. retail pharmacy chains. So if you see Viagra for significantly less than that, you can be fairly certain of one of the following:

  • What they’re selling you is not real Viagra.
  • It will probably be ineffective.
  • It could be harmful.
  • They may simply collect your payment and your credit card data and disappear.

The old cliché about things that appear too good to be true applies extremely well to online Viagra sales. The enormous popularity of the drug, the consensus that it is safe when taken as directed, and the inability for U.S. Customs to examine every package coming into the country all provide a huge opportunity for scammers and counterfeiters. And even if their website is shut down, you can bet it will pop up under a new domain within a few days or weeks.

If you’re interested in safely and securely obtaining authenticated Viagra that has been manufactured by Pfizer or a generic from Teva or Greenstone and would like to do so online, seek out a trustworthy online facilitator such as eDrugstore.com. In business since the late 1990s, eDrugstore sells only FDA-approved medications that are sourced exclusively from licensed U.S. pharmacies. To learn more, visit eDrugstore’s Erection Problems 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+