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Tadalafil Price: How Much Does Tadalafil Cost?

Mike Bohl, MD, MPH, ALM

Reviewed by Mike Bohl, MD, MPH, ALM

Written by Rachel Sacks

Published 05/24/2021

Updated 01/16/2024

So, you’ve been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction (ED). Sure, it’s not the greatest news for your sex life, but you’re not alone — 30 million U.S. men deal with this condition.

The upside is that your healthcare provider has written a prescription for tadalafil, an effective and well-researched medication for ED. Great!

But before you head off to the pharmacy, you wonder: how much does tadalafil cost? Soon, you’re asking yourself all sorts of questions like “Does the cost of tadalafil change with the dosage? Is there a difference between tadalafil 20mg price and the cost of a 5mg dose?” Before you know it, you’ve gone down a rabbit hole of tadalafil prices.

If you need help getting pulled out of that rabbit hole, we can help.

Since tadalafil is the generic version of Cialis®, it’s generally much cheaper than its brand-name counterpart. But there are several factors that can affect tadalafil costs, which we’ll cover below as we answer all your questions.

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What Is Tadalafil?

Okay, maybe your first question wasn’t “What does generic Cialis cost?” or “Where can I get the cheapest tadalafil?” It was probably more along the lines of what tadalafil even is.

Tadalafil is a long-lasting medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. It’s nicknamed the “weekend pill,” since it can work for up to 36 hours per dose. This makes tadalafil a good option if you’d like an ED medication that doesn’t require as much planning for sex.

It’s also used to treat several other medical conditions, including pulmonary arterial hypertension (high blood pressure that develops in the lungs) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or an enlarged prostate). Talk about a multi-functional drug.

So how exactly does tadalafil treat ED? It’s all about increasing blood flow to your penis.

Tadalafil and other common oral ED medications are in a category of drug known as PDE5 inhibitors (that’s short for phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors). These drugs widen your blood vessels, which increases blood flow to your penis so it’s easier to get and maintain an erection when you’re sexually stimulated.

Because ED can vary in severity, there’s no one-size-fits-all dosage of tadalafil. You may be prescribed 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg or 20mg tablets of tadalafil for use either before sex or daily, with the optimal dosage varying based on your symptoms and comorbidities.

The higher the dose, the more likely it is that you’ll experience side effects of tadalafil like headache, flushing or nasal congestion.

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How Much Does Tadalafil Cost?

There are numerous factors that can affect the price of tadalafil, from where you buy this medication to the dosage of tadalafil you’re prescribed by your healthcare provider.

So the biggest difference between Cialis vs tadalafil? The price.

Generic Tadalafil Cost

Generic tadalafil is significantly cheaper than brand-name Cialis. You can buy generic tadalafil for just a few dollars per pill, with prices varying based on the amount of tadalafil used in each tablet:

  • Tadalafil 5mg is priced from less than $1 to $8 or more per tablet. Your healthcare provider may prescribe tadalafil at this dosage if you only have mild erectile dysfunction symptoms or if you’re experiencing side effects from higher doses — you use it daily or as needed before sex, depending on how it’s prescribed for you.

  • Tadalafil 10mg is priced from $1 to $25 per tablet (or more). This is the typical starting dose of as-needed tadalafil. Your healthcare provider will likely suggest using tadalafil at this dosage if you have moderate erectile dysfunction.

  • Tadalafil 20mg is priced from $2 to $25 or higher per tablet. This is the strongest dose of tadalafil that’s used to treat ED. Your healthcare provider may suggest this dosage if you have severe ED that doesn’t improve with 10mg of tadalafil.

Tadalafil is also available as a daily-use medication at lower strengths — typically 2.5mg or 5mg. Tadalafil 2.5mg and tadalafil 5mg prices can vary from less than $1 per tablet to $8 or more, depending on the pharmacy from which you purchase tadalafil.

Cialis Daily Cost

The Cialis price per pill can range from $12 to $70, depending on the dosage of tadalafil in each tablet. For a standard 30-day supply of Cialis, you can expect to pay from $380 all the way up to $1,000 or more.

How to Pay the Lowest Price for Tadalafil

Since tadalafil is a medication you’ll generally use often, small differences in price can add up to a lot over the long term. Try using the tips and techniques below to purchase tadalafil at the best possible price.

Go with Generic

But wait — aren’t brand-name drugs better than generic medications? It’s understandable to think that brand name means better. After all, people probably prefer actual designer bags to knockoffs.

The answer, however, is no, brand name isn’t necessarily better. Generic versions contain the same active ingredient as the brand name and are even required to be the same as a brand-name medicine in dosage, effectiveness, safety, quality and more.

Check Your Healthcare Insurance

Some insurance plans may include coverage for ED drugs such as tadalafil. Consider talking to your insurance company to find out if tadalafil or similar medications for ED (and refills) are covered under your health insurance plan.

You might still have to pay a copay, but it will still be cheaper than the full price in most cases.

Our guide to Cialis and insurance coverage goes into more detail about using insurance to access tadalafil and other ED medications.

Consider Another ED Medication

If you only need to treat ED occasionally or prefer a shorter-acting treatment, you may be able to save money by using a different medication to treat ED.

Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra®, lasts for about four hours per dose and is available at an affordable price, making it a good alternative to tadalafil for as-needed ED treatment.

There’s also Stendra® (the brand-name for avanafil), a newer ED medication that works in as little as 15 minutes.

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Where to Buy Tadalafil

Tadalafil is one of the most popular medications for treating erectile dysfunction, making it easy to find and purchase. You can buy tadalafil from:

  • Your local pharmacy. Most pharmacies sell brand-name Cialis and generic tadalafil, as well as other medications for erectile dysfunction. Pricing and availability can vary based on your location and choice of pharmacies nearby.

  • Our telehealth platform. We offer tadalafil and other erectile dysfunction medications online, following a consultation with a healthcare provider who can give you a prescription for ED medication if it’s right for you. You can also either buy the traditional oral tablet ED medications or chewable hard mints.

One thing to keep in mind is that popular ED medications such as tadalafil are frequently faked, with lots of counterfeits out there. Possible signs of a fake medication are that it’s from outside the U.S. or if you didn’t need a prescription from a licensed healthcare professional to get the medication.

Herbal or dietary supplements sold for sexual dysfunction often have more safety risks than Cialis or tadalafil, as they’re not rigorously tested and approved by the FDA. In short, the unknown ingredients could cause serious side effects or have dangerous interactions with other medications you take.

It’s important to note that generic drugs, however, aren’t counterfeit versions of ED medications — unlike a knockoff designer bag. Both tadalafil and Cialis are prescription drugs, unlike these supplements that you might see if you don’t have your ad blocker on.

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The Bottom Line on Tadalafil Cost

If you’re dealing with erectile dysfunction, there are plenty of medication options, including tadalafil. Here’s what to remember about tadalafil and its cost:

  • Tadalafil, which is the generic version of Cialis, helps improve blood flow for stronger, harder erections. This medication lasts up to 36 hours, earning the nickname the “weekend pill.”

  • Generic tadalafil is typically much cheaper than brand-name Cialis, with a 30-day supply of tadalafil 5mg averaging between $42 to over $100.

  • If you’re looking for the cheapest tadalafil, double-check with your healthcare insurance provider to see if they cover the cost of tadalafil. If they don’t, you can seek medical advice from your healthcare provider about other ED medication options.

If you’re prescribed tadalafil or Cialis, this guide on how to get the maximum effects can help you get the best results.

And while tadalafil helps a lot of people, it’s possible to have psychological causes of erectile dysfunction. Whether you deal with sexual performance anxiety, daily stress or mental health issues like anxiety and depression, the state of your mental health can also affect your sex life.

If this is the case for you, tadalafil might not be the right option. In this case, different types of therapy, including talk therapy, can help you figure out what triggers your anxiety and how to overcome these issues.

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Mike Bohl, MD, MPH, ALM

Dr. Mike Bohl is a licensed physician and the Director of Scientific & Medical Content at a stealth biotech startup. Prior to joining Hims & Hers, Dr. Bohl spent several years in digital health focusing on patient education. He has also worked in medical journalism for The Dr. Oz Show and Sharecare and has served on the Medical Expert Board of Eat This, Not That!.

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.

In addition to his written work, Dr. Bohl has experience creating medical segments for radio and producing patient education videos. You can find Dr. Bohl on LinkedIn for more information

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.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Egyptian and Ancient Western Asian Archaeology. Brown University |

  • Doctor of Medicine. |

  • Master of Public Health, General Public Health. |

  • Master of Liberal Arts, Journalism. |

  • Master of Business Administration. | (anticipated 2024)

  • Master of Science, Healthcare Leadership. | (anticipated 2024)

Training

  • NYU Internal Medicine Residency—Brooklyn Community Health Track. |

Certifications

  • Certified in Public Health.

  • Medical Writer Certified.

  • Editor in the Life Sciences.

  • Certified Personal Trainer.

  • Certified Nutrition Coach.

  • Board Certified Medical Affairs Specialist. Accreditation Council for Medical Affairs

  • Digital Storytelling Graduate Certificate.

  • Marketing Management and Digital Strategy Graduate Certificate.

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