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Viagra Price Comparison: Rite Aid, Kroger, and Target

The average cost of a 50-milligram dose of Viagra from Rite Aid, Kroger, and Target is $37.44. If you order Viagra online from eDrugstore, the same-size dose would cost $46.87. But look a little closer at the added value you’ll get by ordering online, and eDrugstore may well be the best deal of all.

Comparison-shopping for prescription drugs helps you to track down the best possible deal for you. And it’s for that reason that eDrugstore’s blog recently decided to publish regular updates on the latest prices for a number of lifestyle medications, including ED drugs, on a regular basis.

We’ve compiled a list of current prices for such drugs from about 15 brick-and-mortar pharmacy retailers — both national and regional — as well as three reputable online pharmacies. Using these price guides, you can quickly find the retailer with the lowest price per drug.

Consider All Factors

But comparing the price-per-dose at conventional pharmacies with those posted at online pharmacies is only part of the job.You must also take into consideration the value of any complimentary extras the online suppliers include for the price of the drug.

As you can see from the accompanying table, the cost per 50-milligram dose of Viagra is lower in the conventional pharmacies. However, when you consider the broader picture — the cost of drug plus the savings in time and money — you probably are better off going the online route.

In the case of eDrugstore.com, for example, you have the convenience of ordering from the comfort of your home. No more trips to and from the drugstore to pick up the medication. Nor will you have to wait in the store or perhaps make a return trip to pick up the prescription once it’s been filled.

For those who don’t have a prescription from their doctor or specialist, eDrugstore will set up a complimentary consultation with a licensed U.S. physician who can authorize the prescription if  appropriate. This can save you a substantial sum of money and spare you the hassle of a trip to and from the doctor’s office.

eDrugstore Ships for Free

Shortly after your order is received, eDrugstore dispatches the drugs to you in a discreetly packaged box with no outward hint of what it contains. Shipping is free, although you will pay a modest surcharge if you need expedited shipping and handling.

As an extra added bonus, eDrugstore includes a complimentary pill splitter with every first order. Savvy prescription drug consumers have long realized that they can save money by ordering higher-strength tablets and then splitting them in half. The manufacturers’ prices for different dosage strengths of a medication are usually identical, so you’ll save by ordering, for example, a 100-milligram pill that can then be split in half to yield two 50-milligram doses. In effect, you’re getting two doses for the price of one.

Online Is Often Cheaper

When you add up the approximate value of all these little extras that online pharmacies offer, you will usually find that you can save significantly by ordering online, at least when your online pharmacy is eDrugstore. In business since the late 1990s, eDrugstore is based in Tempe, Arizona, and sells only FDA-approved medications. All such medications are dispensed by licensed U.S. pharmacists and then shipped directly to you.

To learn more about eDrugstore and its prices for Viagra and other brand-name erectile dysfunction drugs, visit its Erectile Dysfunction page. Also available through eDrugstore are sildenafil citrate, tadalafil, and vardenafil hydrochloride, the generic equivalents of Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, respectively. The longtime online facilitator also offers a limited selection of other popular lifestyle medications.

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+