Viagra Prices: A Complete Guide to How Much Viagra Costs

Viagra Prices: A Complete Guide to How Much Viagra Costs

Viagra®, which contains the active ingredient sildenafil, is one of the most popular prescription medications for treating erectile dysfunction (ED).

When Viagra first became available in the late 1990s, prices for Viagra tablets were generally quite high. Prices remained high throughout the 2000s as Pfizer, the company that developed and produced the medication, maintained exclusive rights to Viagra. 

Today, Viagra is widely available in its generic form as sildenafil at significantly more affordable prices. 

Below, we’ve explained how Viagra pricing works, as well as the difference in pricing between the brand name version of Viagra and generic sildenafil. We’ve also explained the other costs that go into a pack of Viagra, from a provider’s visit to insurance and more.

How Much Does Viagra Cost?

The price of Viagra can vary widely based on factors such as your location, insurance status, the medication’s dosage and the pharmacy from which you purchase medication. In general:

  • Prices for brand name Viagra can vary from a few hundred dollars to $1,000 or more for a month’s supply.

  • Prices for generic sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, can vary from as little as $20 to $50 or more for a month’s supply. 

Viagra vs. Generic Sildenafil Pricing

Viagra contains the active ingredient sildenafil — a PDE5 inhibitor that works by increasing the flow of blood to your penis. 

For several decades, the pharmaceutical company Pfizer had exclusive rights to manufacture and sell sildenafil as Viagra. Today, it’s legal for other companies to produce and sell sildenafil with their own brand names and packaging.

Like with other generic medications, generic sildenafil is significantly cheaper than brand name Viagra. For example, we offer sildenafil online from $30 per month, whereas brand name Viagra is available for $425.

Viagra and generic sildenafil both contain the same active ingredient. Once they’re in your body, they work in exactly the same way. The only differences are the company that manufactures the medication, the packaging, the brand name and, of course, the price tag. 

Other Viagra Pricing Factors to Keep in Mind

Viagra is a prescription medication, meaning you’ll need to factor in the cost of seeing a healthcare provider  if you don’t already have a prescription. 

If you have erectile dysfunction and think Viagra or generic sildenafil could be a good option for you, you can talk to a healthcare provider online using our telehealth service. If appropriate, you’ll receive a prescription or Viagra, generic sildenafil or another ED medication. 

In addition to the cost of seeing a healthcare provider, there are several other factors to keep in mind when comparing Viagra prices:

  • Shipping and handling charges. These can vary based on where you’re located and how you choose to purchase Viagra. If you buy from a local pharmacy instead of online, you obviously won’t need to factor these into the price.
  • Time and convenience. Buying Viagra online can save time and make the process of getting your medication more convenient, especially if you’re located far from your local provider’s office and/or pharmacy.
  • Dosage. Viagra is available as 25mg, 50mg or 100mg tablets, while generic sildenafil is sold in a variety of dosages from 20mg to 100mg. Prices for Viagra and generic sildenafil can vary based on the strength, so check that you’re buying the right type of medication, and make sure you’re following your healthcare provider’s instructions while taking the medication.
  • Authenticity. Many low-cost Viagra sellers may sell counterfeit Viagra tablets. These tablets often contain unlabeled ingredients, are poorly dosed and, in some cases, may not even contain the active ingredient sildenafil.

    Be careful when you see Viagra listed for sale without any need for a prescription, or at an extremely low price. Look for signs that a healthcare merchant is reputable, such as Better Business Bureau® accreditation or a LegitScript® Seal of Approval. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Viagra Pricing

Is Viagra Covered by Insurance?

Some insurance providers may cover Viagra or generic sildenafil. If you have health insurance and want to use Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction, it’s best to contact your insurance provider to find out more about medication coverage. 

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

Pricing for Viagra and generic sildenafil at Walgreens, Walmart, CVS and other pharmacies can vary based on a number of factors, including your location, insurance provider, current discount offers and more. 

If you have a prescription for Viagra and want to fill it at your local pharmacy or a pharmacy chain, it’s best to call the pharmacy for accurate pricing information before you visit. 

Is Viagra the Only Medication for Treating Erectile Dysfunction?

Several other FDA-approved medications are available for treating erectile dysfunction, such as Cialis® (tadalafil), Levitra® (vardenafil) and Stendra® (avanafil). Our guide to the most common ED medications provides more information about how these medications work. 

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.