Cialis Generic Coming in 2018: Here’s How To Save Now

Elizabeth Davis
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We have good news! Generic Cialis, known as tadalafil, just hit pharmacies. This is the second erectile dysfunction drug to go generic in the past year. Just nine months ago, Viagra (sildenafil) went generic, and we have watched prices for generic sildenafil drop ever since. It’s likely the same will happen with tadalafil.

Current prices for brand-name Cialis are around $400 for 30 tablets, and prices for generic tadalafil run at nearly $100 for 30 tablets with a GoodRx coupon.

Note that tadalafil in 20 mg tablets is the generic for brand-name drug Adcirca, which is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension.

 

Editor’s note: The above was appended to reflect current news. The original story from September 20, 2017 is below.

 


 

2017 and 2018 will mark the launch of generic alternatives for Cialis (tadalafil) and Viagra (sildenafil), the two most popular erectile dysfunction (ED) medications.

Cialis, approved to treat both ED and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), has about a year left on the countdown to its generic. Generic Viagra (sildenafil) hit the market in December 2017, bringing prices down by as much as 50% per tablet.

Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming generic launch and how to keep your costs down while you wait.

 

 

When will generic Cialis be available?

After a patent dispute was resolved in the summer of 2017, Cialis is expected to be available as generic tadalafil as early as September of 2018. Previously, Cialis was expected to remain brand-only until 2020.

 

How popular is Cialis?

On GoodRx, Cialis is currently the second most popular PDE5 inhibitor, the class of medications that also includes Viagra and Levitra. Cialis is the most popular medication specifically used to treat ED. (Revatio, which contains sildenafil, is the most popular medication in the class but is only approved for pulmonary arterial hypertension).

 

Have Cialis prices changed recently?

Cialis prices have moderately increased in recent months. Cialis was already expensive, and as a brand with no generic, there hasn’t been much competition. Like many brand-only drugs, Cialis prices have crept up slowly. Over the past six months, cash prices for 5 mg Cialis have increased from about $370 to over $400, based on actual pharmacy claims for fills of 30 tablets.

 

What will generic Cialis cost?

Generally, generic drugs first appear on the market at about a 15% discount to the brand. Unlike the brand, however, generic drug prices typically decrease very quickly. Within a year of release, many generics versions of prescriptions can become very affordable, especially if multiple companies are making the generic.

Cash prices for Cialis—thirty 5 mg tablets, the most common prescription—are currently about $400. The latest GoodRx estimate is that the same quantity of 5 mg tadalafil will initially cost between $300 and $350. While this is still not affordable for most people, keep these points in mind:

 

 

Are there any cheaper medications I can try for ED?

While Cialis doesn’t have a generic yet, there are other options to consider:

 

Cialis still works best for me. How can I save before the generic is released?

 

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