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Cialis Price (How Much Does Cialis Cost?)

Mike Bohl, MD, MPH, ALM

Reviewed by Mike Bohl, MD, MPH, ALM

Written by Nicholas Gibson

Published 04/27/2021

Updated 12/12/2023

Listen… We are always on the hunt for a deal. Clothes, restaurants, travel, whatever — if there’s a deal out there, we’ll hunt it. We’ll even go after deals when it comes to ED medications. 

So, let’s talk about Cialis®. It’s one of the most popular ED medications on the market, but how does it function on your wallet? Is it comparable to other erectile dysfunction meds on the market, or are there better options out there? 

These are all fair questions, fellas. 

Below, we’ve explained how pricing for Cialis works and how much you’ll typically need to pay to purchase this medication in different formats. We’ve also answered several common questions about Cialis’ availability, differences between Cialis and generic tadalafil, and more — all in service of helping you find the best dick pill deal.

Here are some quick Cialis facts for the bargain shopper in a hurry:

  • Cialis contains the active ingredient tadalafil and belongs to a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase type 5, or PDE5 inhibitors

  • Although Cialis was originally only available as a brand name medication, it’s now also available as a generic (which is pharmacy talk for "much more affordable").

  • Cialis is known for its long duration of action and is often referred to as a weekend ED medication.

  • You may prefer Cialis to other ED medications if you want something that can last for the entire day without any need to take your pill shortly before sexual activity.

  • As with many other ED medications, brand name Cialis is significantly more expensive than tadalafil (generic Cialis).

  • We offer generic daily-use tadalafil for $99 per month or brand name Cialis for $1,045.00 for 30 days of once-daily.

  • We also offer generic tadalafil from just $49 per month as part of our range of erectile dysfunction treatments.

  • You can access Cialis, generic tadalafil and other ED medications online through our telehealth platform.

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If you’re deal hunting, you may have to take things like where you live and what pharmacies you have access to into account. The price of Cialis can vary based on numerous factors, including:

  • Where you purchase it.

  • The precise dosage of Cialis you’re prescribed.

  • Your health insurance status.

  • Whether you opt for brand name Cialis or generic tadalafil. 

The price of brand name Cialis can range from $12 to upwards of $70 per tablet, depending on the specific dosage of the medication. For a month’s supply, typical pricing ranges from $380 to $1,000 or more. 

Cialis comes in tablet form and is available in several doses, ranging from 2.5mg all the way up to 20mg. Some Cialis tablets are designed for use as needed (and should be taken at least an hour before sex), while others are designed for daily use. We (for instance) offer the once-a-day version of Cialis online for a total price of $$1,045.00 per month.

Generic tadalafil costs significantly less than brand name Cialis, making it a better choice if you’re looking for the most bang for your buck. This medication contains exactly the same active ingredient as brand name Cialis, but is available at a significantly lower price. 

A few things to remember before you go pill pricing by yourself: 

  • The price of generic tadalafil can vary based on the dosage, but most versions of generic tadalafil cost between $10 and $13 per tablet.  We offer generic tadalafil from $49 per 30-day supply. 

  • Since both Cialis and tadalafil are available in several dosages, it’s important to make sure that you compare medications of the same dosage when you check and compare prices online.

  • Considering using Cialis long term? Our guide to long-term use of Cialis goes into greater detail about what to be aware of before using Cialis or generic tadalafil for several years.

Next, let’s talk saving strategies.

Choose your chew

We all know the state of drug prices is — uhh — less than ideal(?) these days, but even as drug costs hit historic highs, Cialis and generic tadalafil don’t need to be costly if you know what to look for. 

Try the following approaches to reduce the amount you pay for Cialis, generic tadalafil or other medications for erectile dysfunction:

  • Stick to generics. As we’ve explained above, brand name Cialis is far more expensive than generic tadalafil. Both medications contain the same active ingredient at the same dosage, meaning you’ll get better value for money by sticking to the generic.

  • Check your insurance coverage. Some insurance plans offer prescription drug coverage for ED medications. Depending on your policy, this may include either Cialis, generic tadalafil or other PDE5 inhibitor medications. Our full guide to Cialis and insurance provides more information on insurance coverage for ED treatments.

  • Use a patient assistance program. Eli Lilly and Company, the company that manufactures Cialis, offers Cialis and other medications for free to customers that meet certain criteria, including a gross household income limit. You can learn more about Cialis' patient assistance programs and eligibility criteria through the Lilly Cares® Foundation website.

  • Be careful of counterfeit Cialis tablets. If you’re searching online for Cialis or generic tadalafil, be wary of websites that offer rock-bottom prices, especially if they say their  erectile dysfunction medications are available over the counter. Look for additional information confirming a reputable supplier, such as Better Business Bureau® accreditation or a LegitScript® Seal of Approval.

  • Use caution with natural alternatives to Cialis. Although these products may seem like more affordable alternatives to Cialis, many have major safety issues — a topic we’ve discussed in more detail in our full guides to gas station sex pills and Rhino pills

  • Consider using another ED medication. You may consider using a different ED medication to keep costs down. Sildenafil (the active ingredient in Viagra) is just as effective at treating ED as Cialis — it just lasts for a shorter amount of time per dose. On the upside, it’s also slightly cheaper at just $4 per use via our online platform. 

How Much Does Cialis Cost at Walgreens, CVS and Other Pharmacies? 

As we mentioned above, the price for Cialis and generic tadalafil from your local pharmacy is going to vary based on several factors, like your general location and insurance status. Generally, what you’re going to get locally versus what you’re going to get online will be comparable — but will likely be a little more affordable online. 

Since generic Cialis is available in the U.S., you’ll be able to find it in most pharmacies regardless of where you live.

For the most up-to-date pricing information, it’s best to call your local pharmacy before visiting to fill your prescription — they can better estimate your cost.

Are There Cialis Coupons Available? 

For the guy who really loves to shave those extra cents (ayyyye!), you may be surprised to find that even ED pills can sometimes have coupons.

Some pharmacies may provide their own coupons for Cialis and other prescription medications for ED. If you typically buy Cialis from your local pharmacy or a pharmacy chain at retail price, you can ask them about coupons or other special offers during your next visit. 

And it’s always worth Googling for coupons and checking the Cialis website — manufacturers sometimes provide coupons to people who don’t have insurance coverage and would otherwise pay full price.

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Tadalafil is only effective if you can use it, and you can only use it if you can afford it (duh). What’s less obvious is that you have several options to cut back on the final price of it if you’re willing to do some work. 

Remember the following to save some cash:

  • Cialis varies significantly in price, primarily based on the dosage you’re prescribed and whether you opt for brand name Cialis or the more affordable generic version of tadalafil.

  • Brand name Cialis can be expensive when used frequently, but you can save a significant amount of money by choosing generic tadalafil. 

  • Avoid over-the-counter meds and supplements that are not FDA-approved for ED treatment, as these may be unsafe. The risks aren’t worth saving a few bucks. 

  • A month’s supply of brand name Cialis will typically cost between $380 and $1,000, while a month’s supply of tadalafil will only cost a small fraction as much. We offer generic tadalafil for $82 per month as part of our range of ED treatment options, following a consultation with a healthcare professional. 

Interested in finding out more about treating ED? Our guide to the causes of erectile dysfunction goes into detail about the many factors that may affect your erections and sexual health, as well as your options for dealing with ED and enjoying better, more consistent sexual performance. 

So take our advice — make some calls, clip some coupons and get affordable access to Cialis today.

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Mike Bohl, MD, MPH, ALM

Dr. Mike Bohl is a licensed physician, a Medical Advisor at Hims & Hers, and the Director of Scientific & Medical Content at a stealth biotech startup, where he is involved in pharmaceutical drug development. Prior to joining Hims & Hers, Dr. Bohl spent several years working in digital health, focusing on patient education. He has also worked in medical journalism for The Dr. Oz Show (receiving recognition for contributions from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences when the show won Outstanding Informative Talk Show at the 2016–2017 Daytime Emmy® Awards) and at Sharecare. He is a Medical Expert Board Member at Eat This, Not That! and a Board Member at International Veterinary Outreach.

Dr. Bohl obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicine from Brown University, his Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and his Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies—Journalism from Harvard University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Healthcare Leadership at Cornell University. Dr. Bohl trained in internal medicine with a focus on community health at NYU Langone Health.

Dr. Bohl is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners, Medical Writer Certified by the American Medical Writers Association, a certified Editor in the Life Sciences by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences, a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Nutrition Coach by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a Board Certified Medical Affairs Specialist by the Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs. He has graduate certificates in Digital Storytelling and Marketing Management & Digital Strategy from Harvard Extension School and certificates in Business Law and Corporate Governance from Cornell Law School.

In addition to his written work, Dr. Bohl has experience creating medical segments for radio and producing patient education videos. He has also spent time conducting orthopedic and biomaterial research at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland and practicing clinically as a general practitioner on international medical aid projects with Medical Ministry International.

Dr. Bohl lives in Manhattan and enjoys biking, resistance training, sailing, scuba diving, skiing, tennis, and traveling. You can find Dr. Bohl on LinkedIn for more information.

Publications

  • Younesi, M., Knapik, D. M., Cumsky, J., Donmez, B. O., He, P., Islam, A., Learn, G., McClellan, P., Bohl, M., Gillespie, R. J., & Akkus, O. (2017). Effects of PDGF-BB delivery from heparinized collagen sutures on the healing of lacerated chicken flexor tendon in vivo. Acta biomaterialia, 63, 200–209. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1742706117305652?via%3Dihub

  • Gebhart, J. J., Weinberg, D. S., Bohl, M. S., & Liu, R. W. (2016). Relationship between pelvic incidence and osteoarthritis of the hip. Bone & joint research, 5(2), 66–72. https://boneandjoint.org.uk/Article/10.1302/2046-3758.52.2000552

  • Gebhart, J. J., Bohl, M. S., Weinberg, D. S., Cooperman, D. R., & Liu, R. W. (2015). Pelvic Incidence and Acetabular Version in Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis. Journal of pediatric orthopedics, 35(6), 565–570. https://journals.lww.com/pedorthopaedics/abstract/2015/09000/pelvic_incidence_and_acetabular_version_in_slipped.5.aspx

  • Islam, A., Bohl, M. S., Tsai, A. G., Younesi, M., Gillespie, R., & Akkus, O. (2015). Biomechanical evaluation of a novel suturing scheme for grafting load-bearing collagen scaffolds for rotator cuff repair. Clinical biomechanics (Bristol, Avon), 30(7), 669–675. https://www.clinbiomech.com/article/S0268-0033(15)00143-6/fulltext

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