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How Much Does Viagra Cost With and Without Insurance?

Mira Research Team23 Feb 2021

Quick Digest:

  • Sildenafil is oftentimes known by brand names such as Viagra and Revatio. It's a prescription medication that treats erectile dysfunction in men.
  • Erectile dysfunction is a fairly common condition in a man where the penis will not remain erect or an individual is unable to maintain an erection.
  • The cost for Viagra, or sildenafil, may vary based on your insurance co-pay or where you obtain the medication.

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How much does Viagra cost? With and without insurance

Without insurance, Viagra will cost you between $150- $205. With insurance, you could expect to pay $100 depending on your prescription co-pay.

Without insurance, Viagra can cost you as little as $15 using MiraRx

At Pharmacies

Here's a breakdown of how much 2 Viagra tablets of 100 milligrams each cost at the major chain pharmacies:

PharmacyViagra Retail PriceSildenafil Retail Price
CVS Pharmacy$150.35$92.22
Walmart$178.95$57.75
Walgreens$183.04$93.35
Kroger Pharmacy$205.45$133.00
Albertsons Pharmacy$165.38$27.77

Source: https://www.singlecare.com/prescription/viagra

Using Medicaid, Medicare, and other health insurance coverage

Medicare will typically cover Viagra for a small co-pay of $1-$10. However, with Medicaid and other insurance companies, Viagra is not always covered because under guidelines, it's not considered medically necessary. Sildenafil, however, is more likely to be covered. 

Depending on your insurance, you can expect to pay a $100 co-pay for Viagra.

OptionPrice
Medicare co-pay$1 – $10
Medicaid co-paySometimes not covered
Insurance company co-pay~$100

What you need to know about Viagra

What is Viagra?

Sildenafil is a commonly prescribed medication that's used to stimulate erections in men who are experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED). It also treats pulmonary arterial hypertension (high blood pressure affecting the lungs and heart).

For treating ED specifically, Viagra is the well-known brand-name version of the drug.

How does Viagra work?

When nerves in the penis are stimulated an erection occurs.

The muscles around two cylinder-shaped chambers of spongy material along the penis, which is known as the corpus cavernosa, relax and allow blood to flow in, this causes an erection.

With ED, the nerves in the penis don’t communicate properly with the brain and blood doesn’t flow properly into the corpus cavernosa. Taking Viagra helps to relax the walls of the blood vessels and allows blood to flow more easily into the parts of the penis that cause an erection.

How long does Viagra last?

Viagra typically lasts between 2 and 3 hours before its effects start to diminish.

What is a typical dose of Viagra?

Brand name Viagra is available in three dosages: 

  • 25mg
  • 50mg
  • 100mg

Sildenafil can also be prescribed off-label as the generic of Revatio in doses of

  • 20 mg
  • 40 mg
  • 60 mg
  • 80 mg
  • 100 mg

Viagra in 50 mg is the most common starting dose. 100 mg is the maximum dose available.

Your healthcare provider will prescribe the dose that’s best for you. The dosage prescribed often depends on:

  • How old you are
  • Your overall and cardiovascular health
  • Other medical conditions you have
  • How you may react to the first dose
  • How often you will use the medication

Is Viagra available over-the-counter?

Many websites may be offering Viagra over-the-counter but it is not advised to purchase them. 

Due to its popularity, formulary, cost, and the stigma surrounding erectile dysfunction, Viagra is one of the most frequently counterfeited drugs in the world. 

If you wish to access Viagra or Sildenafil, you should contact your healthcare provider.

What are the side effects of Viagra? 

Some side effects of Viagra include: 

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Flushing, or stomach upset
  • Vision changes such as increased sensitivity to light, blurred vision, or trouble telling blue and green colors apart

If you are concerned about side effects, please be sure to consult with your healthcare provider. 

Sources:

https://www.edrugstore.com/blog/erectile-dysfunction/viagra/cost-of-buying-viagra-at-cvs-walgreens-and-walmart-pharmacy/#

https://www.rxsaver.com/blog/sildenafil-cost-without-insurance

https://www.healthline.com/health/erectile-dysfunction/how-long-does-viagra-last#additional-factors

https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-7417/viagra-oral/details#:~:text=Dizziness%2C%20headache%2C%20flushing%2C%20or,your%20doctor%20or%20pharmacist%20promptly.

https://www.getroman.com/health-guide/viagra-dose/

https://www.singlecare.com/prescription/viagra

https://www.usarx.com/drug/viagra/is-viagra-covered-by-insurance

https://khn.org/news/the-high-cost-of-sex-insurers-often-dont-pay-for-drugs-to-treat-problems/

https://www.medicare.org/articles/does-medicaid-cover-viagra/

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