Generic, brand names and more


If you are looking for treatment options for erectile dysfunction (ED) or pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), you may want to learn more about sildenafil (Revatio, Viagra).

Sildenafil is a generic prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction and PAH in adults. It belongs to a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors. (A class of drugs is a group of drugs that work in a similar way.)

This article gives details about sildenafil and its cost, and how you might save money on your prescriptions.

To note: For more details on sildenafil, see this in-depth article.

The price you pay for sildenafil can vary. Your cost may depend on your treatment plan, insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.

To find out how much you will pay for sildenafil, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or insurer.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about sildenafil and its cost.

Do different strengths of sildenafil cost the same?

No, the different strengths of sildenafil usually vary in terms of cost. Each form of sildenafil comes in different strengths. And the strength and form of the sildenafil you use can affect the cost of the drug.

The table below shows the available forms and strengths of sildenafil.

* This form is given by a health professional during a hospital stay.

Your doctor may prescribe a dosage of sildenafil that is not available from the manufacturer of the drug. For example, they might give you 60 mg of sildenafil. In this case, you can take three of the 20 mg tablets to make up 60 mg. It is important to note that the number of tablets prescribed to you may also affect the price you pay for sildenafil.

If you have any further questions about how different sildenafil strengths vary in terms of cost, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or insurer.

How much does Viagra cost compared to sildenafil?

Sildenafil is a generic drug. It is also available in a branded form called Viagra. Brand name drugs are generally more expensive than generic drugs.

For more information on the cost of sildenafil compared to Viagra, see the section “Is sildenafil available as a brand name medicine?” »Section below.

Sildenafil is available in branded versions called Revatio and Viagra. The generic version of sildenafil is sometimes called sildenafil citrate. A generic drug is an exact copy of the active drug in a brand name drug. The generic is considered to be just as safe and effective as the original medicine. Generics also tend to cost less than brand name drugs.

To find out how the costs of Revatio, Viagra, and Sildenafil compare, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or insurer.

If your doctor has prescribed sildenafil for you and you want to use Revatio or Viagra instead, talk to your doctor. They may have a preference for one or the other version. In addition, you will need to check with your insurer. This is because it can only cover one drug or the other.

If you take sildenafil for the long term, you may be able to reduce your costs in the following ways:

  • Consider getting a 90-day supply of your medications. You may be able to get a 90 day supply of sildenafil if it is approved by your insurance company. This could reduce your number of pharmacy visits and help lower the cost of sildenafil. If you want a 90-day supply of this drug, talk to your doctor or insurer.
  • Use a mail order pharmacy to get your medications. Using a mail order pharmacy can help you lower the cost of sildenafil. Plus, you could get your meds without leaving home. Some health insurance plans can help cover the cost of mail order drugs. You can also get a 90-day supply of the drug by mail order. If you don’t have health insurance, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to suggest online pharmacy options that might be right for you.

If you need help covering the cost of sildenafil or understanding your insurance, check out these websites:

On these sites, you can find insurance information, details of drug assistance programs, and links to savings cards and other services.

If you have any questions about how you can pay for sildenafil, you can also consult your doctor or pharmacist.

If you still have questions about the cost of sildenafil, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to give you a better idea of ​​what you will pay for this medicine. But if you have health insurance, you will need to talk to your insurer to find out what the real cost you would pay for sildenafil is.

Here are some examples of questions you might want to ask your doctor or insurer:

  • What are my options if I cannot afford my medication?
  • Will generic sildenafil cost me less than branded versions of sildenafil?
  • Are there other less expensive drugs that could treat my condition?

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Warning: Healthline has done everything possible to ensure that all information is accurate, complete and up to date. However, this article should not be used as a substitute for the knowledge and expertise of a licensed healthcare practitioner. You should always consult your doctor or other healthcare professional before taking any medicine. The drug information contained herein is subject to change and is not intended to cover all uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or possible side effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular drug does not indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.


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