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Cialis Price: How Much Does Cialis Cost?

Known for its long duration of action, Cialis® is one of the most common medications for erectile dysfunction (ED). 

Cialis contains the active ingredient tadalafil. Although it was originally only available as a brand name medication, it’s now also widely available as a generic. 

Below, we’ve explained how pricing for Cialis works, as well as how much you’ll typically need to pay to purchase this medication. We’ve also answered several common questions about Cialis’s availability, pricing and more.

Cialis: The Basics

  • Cialis is an ED medication that contains the ingredient tadalafil. It’s 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 lasts for the entire day, without any need to take your pill shortly before sex.

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

  • We offer generic daily-use tadalafil for $240 per month, or brand name Cialis for $570 per month.

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

What Is Cialis?

Cialis, which contains tadalafil, is a medication that’s used to treat erectile dysfunction. It’s also used as a treatment for several other medical conditions, including benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Tadalafil was originally developed by the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company. It first came onto the market in the early 2000s, shortly after Viagra®.

Advantages of Cialis

Compared to other medications used to treat ED, Cialis and generic tadalafil offer a variety of unique advantages:

  • It’s a long-lasting medication. Tadalafil, the ingredient in Cialis, is by far the longest-lasting medication for ED. A typical dosage of Cialis can improve erections for up to 36 hours in men with erectile dysfunction.

    This makes Cialis or generic tadalafil a convenient option if you’d like an ED treatment that you don’t need to take immediately before esx.

  • Cialis can be taken daily. Cialis and generic tadalafil are available for use as-needed and as a daily medication at a lower dosage of 2.5 or 5mg per day.

    As we’ve explained in our guide to daily-use Cialis, taking Cialis in a lower daily dosage offers several benefits, including a reduced risk of side effects and easier spontaneous sex if and when the mood strikes. 

How Much Does Cialis Cost?

The price of Cialis can vary based on numerous factors, including where you’re purchasing this medication, the specific dosage of Cialis you’re prescribed and your insurance status.

Cialis is available in several dosages, ranging from 2.5mg all the way up to 20mg. Some Cialis tablets are designed for use as needed, while others are designed for daily use. 

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, again depending on the dosage you’re prescribed.

We offer the once-a-day version of Cialis online through our telehealth platform for a total price of $570 per month. 

Like other medications, Cialis is available as a generic. Generic tadalafil costs significantly less than brand name Cialis, making it a better choice if you’re looking for optimal value.

The price of generic tadalafil can vary based on the dosage. However, most versions of generic tadalafil cost between $5 and $25 per tablet.

We offer the once-a-day version of generic tadalafil at a price of $240 per month. This contains the exact same active ingredient as brand name Cialis at a significantly lower price. 

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. 

How to Pay the Lowest Price for Cialis

There are several ways to reduce the amount you pay for Cialis, tadalafil or other medications for ED. Try to: 

  • 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 companies offer prescription drug coverage for ED medications. Depending on your policy, this may include either Cialis, generic tadalafil or other PDE5 inhibitor medications.

    To find out about your insurance provider’s policy regarding Cialis, you should contact your insurance company directly. 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 produces Cialis, offers Cialis and other medications for free to customers that meet certain criteria, including a gross household income limit.

    You can find out more about patient assistance programs for Cialis and eligibility criteria through the Lilly Cares® Foundation website.

  • Be careful of counterfeit Cialis tablets. ED medications such as Cialis and others are commonly faked. Many of these fake medications are sold online, usually by merchants that don’t require a prescription.

    If you’re searching online for Cialis or generic tadalafil, be wary of websites that offer this medication at rock-bottom prices, especially without asking for a prescription.

    When you’re comparing healthcare providers, look for signs that a supplier is reputable, such as Better Business Bureau® accreditation or a LegitScript® Seal of Approval.

  • Consider using another ED medication. If Cialis and generic tadalafil are too costly for you, you may want to consider using a different ED medication.

    Although it lasts for a shorter amount of time per dose, sildenafil (the active ingredient in Viagra) is just as effective at treating ED as Cialis. It’s also slightly cheaper, at just $4 per use via our online platform. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Cialis Pricing

What is the Price of Cialis at Walgreens, CVS and Other Pharmacies?

Almost all pharmacy chains offer Cialis and/or generic tadalafil. The price for Cialis and generic tadalafil from these pharmacies can vary based on several factors, including your location, your insurance provider and others. 

For the most up to date pricing information, it’s best to call your local pharmacy before visiting to fill your prescription. 

Are Coupons Available for Cialis?

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

In Conclusion

Cialis varies in price, mostly based on the dosage you’re prescribed and whether you buy brand name Cialis or the less expensive generic version of tadalafil. 

On average, a month’s supply of brand name Cialis typically costs between $380 and $1,000 or more.

We offer a daily-use 5mg version of tadalafil for $240 per month, or approximately $7.75 to $8 per day.

For more information about treating erectile dysfunction, you can view our full selection of ED treatments online or learn more about how ED treatments work in our guide to PDE5 inhibitors.

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.