Many online health companies offer tadalafil for people who are experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED). Doctors may also recommend this prescription-only drug for other conditions. Tadalafil is the generic version of Cialis and is typically lower in cost.
Read on to learn about tadalafil and cost, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
Tadalafil is a generic prescription medication. It may be used to treat the following conditions in adults:
Here are some details about tadalafil:
|Drug class||phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor|
|Drug form||oral tablets|
|Brand name||for ED, BPH, or both: Cialis|
for PAH: Adcirca and Alyq
Below are some advantages and disadvantages of tadalafil.
- available in a generic form, which is cheaper than brand-name drugs
- available in different dosages
- some insurance companies may cover the cost of the medication
- only available through prescription
- can cost hundreds of dollars per month without insurance
Tadalafil is a generic drug. Generic drugs have the same active ingredients as their brand-name equivalents. A generic drug is subject to the same safety and efficacy standards as the original, brand-name version. Typically, generic drugs cost less than brand-name drugs.
Tadalafil is available as brand names Adcirca and Alyq, which treat PAH, and Cialis, which treats ED, BPH, or both.
If a doctor or healthcare professional prescribes a brand-name drug and a person would prefer a generic version, they should discuss this with them during their consultation as they may have a preference for one over another.
Individuals should also check with their insurance provider to confirm which versions of a drug their plan covers.
As with all medications, the cost of tadalafil can vary. Factors that may affect the amount a person pays include their treatment plan, insurance coverage, and the pharmacy they use.
To find the cost of tadalafil, a person should consult their doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Below are some tadalafil retailers for a person to consider.
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Lemonaid offers many different healthcare products and services, including a prescription of 10 tadalafil pills that a person can refill 11 times.
There are 3 doses available:
- 5 milligrams (mg)
- 10 mg
- 20 mg
However, doctors usually suggest starting with the 10 mg pills.
Consultations cost $25, and a person can contact their health insurance provider to check whether their plan covers the costs.
The platform requires individuals to attend an online consultation with a doctor or nurse practitioner before they receive the medication.
All Lemonaid packages are discreet, and this product comes with free delivery.
Roman is an online health company that offers both generic and brand-name ED medications. It has the following tadalafil options:
|Drug name||Dosage (mg)||Cost|
|Tadalafil||2.5, 5, 10, and 20||starting from around $11|
can increase to around $44
|Daily tadalafil||2.5 and 5||starting from around $8|
|Cialis||2.5, 5, 10, and 20||starting from around $17|
can increase to around $70
|Daily Cialis||2.5 and 5||starting from around $13|
Before purchasing prescription drugs through Roman, individuals must have an online consultation. The company claims that, in most cases, the consultations are free of charge.
Roman does not accept insurance, and a person should contact their insurer to confirm whether they are able to reclaim any out-of-pocket costs.
Hims offers two options for people who require tadalafil:
- Once-a-day treatment: This is available in 2.5 and 5 mg doses.
- As-needed treatment: Doctors can prescribe 5, 10, or 20 mg doses.
The company explains that a person can take the 2.5 and 5 mg pills once, at the same time, each day. It does not matter how many times they engage in sexual activity.
However, a person can take the “as-needed” pill up to 30 minutes before having sex.
The price for tadalafil is $240 per month, while Cialis is $958.
Hims also offers a free consultation for those who may need prescription medicines.
Roman does not accept insurance, but the company believes its products are affordable and cheaper than other retailers.
BlueChew offers different plans for those purchasing chewable tadalafil tablets.
They start from around $20, and individuals can choose between 6 and 9 mg pills.
People can benefit from monthly refills, a free online consultation, and discreet shipping.
The company does not accept insurance but states its medications are more affordable than some other options. It may also be possible for a person to use their health savings account (HSA) to purchase their prescribed drugs.
When people opt for PlushCare’s services, they can schedule a call with a board certified doctor and get a prescription for Cialis or tadalafil.
Both treatment options are available in doses of 5, 10, and 20 mg. The costs are:
- Cialis: A prescription of 30 Cialis pills costs $400.
- Tadalafil: 30 tadalafil pills are available for $100.
PlushCare also works with several health insurance providers.
Here are a few ways individuals may reduce the long-term costs of tadalafil.
Getting a 3-month supply
A person may be able to get a 90-day supply of tadalafil. If their insurance company approves it, a 90-day supply could reduce the number of trips to the pharmacy and help reduce costs.
Using a mail-order pharmacy
Tadalafil may be available through a mail-order pharmacy. Using this type of service may help lower the drug’s cost and allow a person to receive their medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order medications.
If an individual does not have health insurance, a doctor or pharmacist may be able to suggest online pharmacy options that could be cost-effective.
If a person needs financial support to pay for tadalafil, they may consider looking into websites that offer cost resources and information. Two such organizations are:
These sites can provide details on drug assistance programs, ways to make the most of insurance coverage, and links to savings cards and other services.
A person can also visit the GoodRx website, which provides a list of companies offering coupons for tadalafil.
People should contact a healthcare professional if they are experiencing erectile dysfunction and would like to discuss treatment options. People can either use traditional healthcare or contact a qualified professional on a website such as Lemonaid, Roman, or Hims.
Doctors will discuss a person’s health history, including any symptoms they have, and any medications they are currently taking.
If a healthcare professional prescribes medication, people should take note of any side effects they experience. It is important to attend any further appointments, or to discuss treatments with a doctor, to ensure a person is using the right medication for their circumstances.
Here are answers to some common questions about tadalafil’s cost.
Does the price of tadalafil vary by strength?
Yes, the price of tadalafil may vary by strength. The drug comes in the following dosages:
- 2.5 mg
- 5 mg
- 10 mg
- 20 mg
Factors that may affect the amount a person pays include insurance coverage, their treatment plan, and the pharmacy they use.
Does Medicare cover tadalafil?
Whether Medicare covers tadalafil can depend on a person’s Medicare plan.
A Medicare Part D prescription drug plan — also called a prescription drug plan, or PDP — may help with prescription drug coverage. Certain Medicare Advantage plans also include prescription drug coverage.
Most Medicare Part D drug plans do not cover tadalafil if prescribed to treat ED. However, plans may cover tadalafil when prescribed to treat BPH or PAH.
How much does tadalafil cost?
The cost can vary, depending on the company a person chooses. As with most generic medications, tadalafil is generally cheaper than the branded version Cialis.
A person can expect to pay around $240 per month for tadalafil.
Can I buy tadalafil without consulting a doctor?
No. Tadalafil is only available with a prescription. Individuals who do not feel comfortable visiting a doctor in person can opt for an online service. Some telehealth companies offer free consultations and home prescription deliveries.
Tadalafil is a generic medication for ED, and a person can expect to pay in the region of $200 each month for this drug. The brand-name version of tadalafil is Cialis, which can sometimes cost more than double. Generic and brand-name drugs have the same active ingredients and meet the same safety standards.
If a person has questions about which version of a drug to take, they should consider discussing the options with their doctor or healthcare professional.