The COVID-19 pandemic is a financial crisis as much as it is a health crisis. Millions of Americans are now unemployed, and many are also uninsured. It is not surprising that people are looking for ways to save money on essential purchases, including prescription medications. If you are concerned about paying for your medicine without insurance, you should know that RxSaver has options for you.
How Much Does ED Medication Cost Without Insurance?
The following are three commonly prescribed erectile dysfunction medications and their prices with RxSaver™. You can save an average of 80% to 85% off the brand-name price by using equivalent generic drugs. Pharmacy coupon prices vary by location and pharmacy, so be sure to use RxSaver to check pricing at your local pharmacy.
1. Sildenafil (generic for Viagra)
The average RxSaver price for sildenafil at major retail pharmacies is $46.06
2. Tadalafil (generic for Cialis)
The average RxSaver price for Tadalafil at major retail pharmacies is $166.97
3. Vardenafil (generic for Levitra and Staxyn)
The average RxSaver price for Vardenafil at major retail pharmacies is $192.27
Can You Buy ED Medication Over the Counter?
You need a prescription from a health care provider to buy ED medication. Due to the current pandemic, many doctors’ offices may be temporarily closed or only open for patients with emergencies or urgent issues. If you cannot see your doctor in person during the coronavirus crisis, several telehealth services are available that can provide a new prescription or refill an old prescription.
When Do You Need ED Medication?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability for a man to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sex. Having occasional trouble with an erection should not be of concern. However, if you have ongoing problems, a conversation with your doctor can help you discover and treat any underlying conditions and determine if you will benefit from ED medications.
If you cannot access your doctor’s office due to social distancing precautions, a telehealth service can help you from the comfort of your home.
What Conditions Do ED Medications Treat?
ED medications can be used to treat the following:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate
- Urination problems in men
- Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure that affects the arteries of your lungs and right side of your heart)
- Raynaud’s disease (a condition that causes numbness in your fingers or toes in response to cold or stress)
- Prevention of altitude sickness (mountain sickness)
How Do ED Medications Work?
ED medications work by enhancing the effects of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a naturally occurring substance in your body that relaxes smooth muscles in blood vessels and increases blood flow. When nitric oxide is released in the penis during sexual stimulation, smooth muscle relaxation allows blood to flow in and produces an erection.
You should not take ED medications if you are taking nitrates to treat chest pain or heart conditions. Nitrates, including nitroglycerin (Nitrostat, Nitro-Dur) and isosorbide (Imdur), relax and open blood vessels. Combining nitrates with ED medications can lead to a dangerous sudden drop in blood pressure. Taking alpha-blockers, such as doxazosin (Cardura) and terazosin (Hytrin), in combination with ED medications, can have the same effect on your blood pressure. Be sure to discuss all your medicines with your doctor or pharmacist before taking ED medication.
Always Compare Prices with RxSaver Before Filling Your Prescription for ED Medication
Losing your job or your health insurance during these uncertain times can be devastating. Worrying about how you will pay for your prescriptions should not be one more burden added to your load. You should know that there are affordable options for obtaining your medications without insurance. If you need a new prescription, you can access any of several telehealth services available from the comfort of your own home. A telehealth provider can also approve refills, and some states are allowing emergency fills of up to 30-day supplies of medication without a prescription. Remember that you do not have to go without your medicine. Regardless of your financial position or employment situation, RxSaver can help you find affordable prices for your medication.
*Average pricing based on the following dosages:
Sildenafil: 20 MG/ 30 TAB
Tadalafil: 20 MG / 30 TAB
Vardenafil: 20 MG / 10 TAB
Pricing averaged at the following pharmacies: CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens Pharmacy, Walmart Pharmacy, Costco Pharmacy on May 11, 2020. Visit RxSaver.com to find your coupon prices in your area.
Rosanna Sutherby, PharmD
Dr. Rosanna Sutherby, PharmD, is a freelance medical writer who has been a practicing pharmacist in her community for close to 20 years and is a regular contributor to the RxSaver blog. She obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
The information on this site is generalized and is not medical advice. It is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your healthcare professional. Always seek the advice of your healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard seeking advice or delay in seeking treatment because of something you have read on our site. RxSaver makes no warranty as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of this information.
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