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Your Best Options for Low-Cost Viagra

Your total cost of ownership of a drug extends well beyond the pharmacy’s posted price for the medication to include all the additional expenses you’ll incur in actually acquiring the drug. When all such related costs are considered, you might find that ordering your drugs online is the way to go.

All too often, the discussion of the relative costs of prescription medications — specifically erectile dysfunction drugs — is confined to the price tags of the drugs themselves. But those drug prices offer only a partial picture of the overall costs involved in acquiring those medications.

To accurately calculate the total cost of ownership of ED drugs — or any other drugs as well — one must look at all the other money that’s been spent to facilitate those drug purchases.

You’ll Need a Prescription

To acquire any ED drug — brand-name or generic — in the United States, you first must have a prescription from a medical professional. To acquire that prescription, you may have to schedule an appointment with your doctor or a specialist who can then determine if the drug is appropriate for you.

Assuming you have basic health insurance, you probably won’t have to pay the full cost of a visit to the doctor but rather a copay, which could range from $20 to $40. You must also take into consideration the cost in both time and money of your trip to and from the doctor’s office. And if you work a typical 9-to-5 workweek, you might have to get time off from your job to fit in a doctor’s appointment.

Travel to and from the Pharmacy

Once you have a prescription in hand, you’ll have to travel to a local pharmacy to have it filled. And once there, it may be necessary to wait 20 to 60 minutes while the prescription is filled or to leave and come back later. Once again, you’ll have an expenditure of time and money — for gas, if nothing else — to get the prescription filled.

With very few exceptions, health insurers don’t cover ED drugs, so in most cases you’ll have to pay the full cost of the drugs. Thankfully, generic alternatives to most of the brand-name ED medications are now available, so you can save a bit by opting for generics.

Save by Ordering Online

Ordering your ED drugs online can save you the added costs of travel to and from the doctor and the pharmacy and spare you the need to ask for time off to see the doctor. But reputable online pharmacies sadly are relatively few in number. One exception is eDrugstore.com, an Arizona-based online facilitator that’s been in business since the late 1990s.

And if you don’t yet have a doctor’s prescription, eDrugstore can help you to save even more by setting up a complimentary online consultation with a licensed U.S. physician who can authorize a prescription if appropriate. That saves you the cost of the copay to visit the doctor, as well as the costs involved in traveling to and from the doctor’s office.

Get a Pill-Splitter for Free

Bargain-conscious consumers usually buy higher-strength ED drugs that can then be split in half to reduce the overall cost of their medications. To make that part of the job even easier for you, eDrugstore ships a complimentary pill splitter along with every first order. And shipping is free, unless you need expedited delivery, which can be added for a modest premium.

As you can probably see from all of the foregoing, the cost of an ED drug isn’t confined to the pharmacy’s posted price for the medication but includes a wide array of collateral costs involved in acquiring it. Ordering from eDrugstore can help you to sharply reduce those related costs and save you a good deal of time in the bargain. 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+