Medically reviewed by Katelyn Hagerty, FNP
Written by Our Editorial Team
Last updated 11/30/2022
An estimated 30 million adult men in the United States are affected by erectile dysfunction (ED), making it one of the most common male sexual performance issues.
ED can affect just about every aspect of your sexual health and function, from your ability to get and stay hard enough for pleasurable sex to your sexual self-confidence.
The good news is that numerous treatments for erectile dysfunction are available, including oral medications such as tadalafil, the active ingredient in Cialis®.
Tadalafil is a long-lasting medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. It can work for up to 36 hours per dose, making it a good option if you’d like an ED medication that keeps working for the entire day.
For a long time, you could only buy Tadalafil as Cialis®. Like with most other brand-name drugs, the cost of Cialis per pill was quite significant, making this an expensive medication to use as an ED treatment.
However, today, tadalafil is available as a generic medicine, making it more affordable and much easier to access as an ED treatment.
So, how much should you expect to spend to use tadalafil? The tadalafil price can vary between vendors, but most brands of generic tadalafil are priced at somewhere between $5 and $25 per tablet.
Below, we’ve provided more information about what tadalafil is, how it works for the treatment of erectile dysfunction and how much you should expect to pay for this medication.
We’ve also discussed other ED treatments, including sildenafil (the active ingredient in Viagra®) and avanafil (Stendra®) that you may want to consider if you’re affected by erectile dysfunction.
Tadalafil is the active ingredient in Cialis, a prescription medication for erectile dysfunction that was initially improved by the FDA in 2003.
In addition to erectile dysfunction, it’s also prescribed to treat several other medical conditions, including pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH, a form of high blood pressure that develops in the lungs) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate).
Tadalafil comes in tablet form. It belongs to a class of medications called PDE5 inhibitors, which work by expanding the blood vessels that supply blood to your penis. This increases blood flow, which can make it easier to get and maintain an erection when you feel sexually aroused.
This increase in blood flow can treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, such as struggling to get or maintain an erection that’s firm enough for penetrative sex.
Here are a few other helpful things to know about tadalafil:
Originally marketed as Cialis, tadalafil is now sold as a generic medication. As you may expect, generic Cialis costs significantly less than the brand-name drug that’s produced and sold by Eli Lilly and Company.
Tadalafil is known to last for a long time. Due to its 36-hour duration of action, it’s widely referred to as the “weekend pill” for treating erectile dysfunction.
Tadalafil can be taken with or without food. For optimal results, you should take tadalafil at least 30 minutes before you plan to engage in sexual activity.
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 of tadalafil for use either before sex or daily to treat erectile dysfunction, with the optimal dosage varying based on your symptoms.
Like with other erectile dysfunction medications, tadalafil requires a prescription. You can get a prescription for ED medication from your primary care provider, or by taking part in an ED consultation using our telehealth platform.
Like with most medications, the price of tadalafil can vary. 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.
By far the biggest factor that will affect the price of tadalafil is whether you choose brand-name Cialis or generic tadalafil.
The Cialis cost 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.
Currently, we offer brand-name Cialis through our telehealth platform at a total cost of $958 per month.
Generic tadalafil is significantly cheaper than brand-name Cialis. You can buy generic tadalafil from just a few dollars per pill, with pricing varying based on the amount of tadalafil that’s used in each tablet:
Tadalafil 5mg is priced from less than $1 to $8 or more per tablet. This is the lowest dose of tadalafil that’s used as needed for managing ED. Your healthcare provider may prescribe tadalafil at this dosage if you only have mild erectile dysfunction symptoms.
Tadalafil 10mg is priced from $1 to $25 or more per tablet. This is the typical starting dose of 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 more 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 5mg or 10mg of tadalafil.
Tadalafil is also available as a daily-use medication at a lower strength — typically 2.5mg or 5mg per tablet. 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.
Currently, we offer generic tadalafil through our telehealth platform at a cost of $82 per month — significantly less than the typical price for brand-name Cialis.
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 a generic. Brand-name Cialis and generic tadalafil contain the same ingredient and work in the same way. In fact, the FDA requires that generic drugs contain the exact same active ingredients as their brand-name counterparts.
Since generic versions of tadalafil work in the same way as brand-name Cialis, choosing generic tadalafil is the easiest and most effective way to reduce the amount you’ll spend on this medication over the long term.
Talk to your health insurance provider. 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 are covered under your health insurance plan.
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.
You can view tadalafil, sildenafil and other medications for treating erectile dysfunction as part of our range of ED medications.
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 ED medications online, as well as the ability to talk with a healthcare provider and, if appropriate, receive a prescription for ED medication.
One thing to keep in mind is that popular ED medications such as tadalafil are frequently faked, with lots of counterfeits out there.
In fact, research suggests that between 44 and 90 percent of PDE5 inhibitors promoted for sale online, often from merchants located outside the United States that don’t require a prescription, are thought to be counterfeit.
To keep yourself safe while shopping for erectile dysfunction medication, make sure to only use reliable companies that:
Are located in the United States (or your respective country).
Require a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.
Have strict privacy policies to protect your identity and data.
Have positive reviews and ratings from users.
The cost of tadalafil can vary depending on a number of factors, from the dosage of medication you use to whether you choose generic tadalafil or brand-name Cialis.
Other factors, such as the total quantity of medication you purchase at once, can also affect the price per tablet for tadalafil.
Because of this, there’s no one exact tadalafil or Cialis cost per pill. However, you can generally expect to pay between $12 and $70 per tablet for brand-name Cialis and $1 to $25 per tablet for generic tadalafil.
These medications are available following an online consultation with a healthcare provider who will determine if a prescription is appropriate based on your symptoms and general health.
Interested in learning more about treating ED? Our full guide to the most common treatments for ED goes into more detail about your options, from medications and their effects to common side effects, interactions and other details that you should be aware of before getting started.