BlueChew is an online subscription service that ships physician-prescribed chewable sildenafil and tadalafil ED tablets—the same active ingredients as Cialis or Viagra—directly to your door.
According to their website, these tablets dissolve quicker, don’t require water to take, aren’t affected by food or beverages, and “jump into action up to twice as fast for many men.”
Together, Dr. Alex Jovanovich, BlueChew’s co-founder, emphasizes they make “the process affordable, convenient and discreet for those who don’t want to take pills but still want the confidence of being at their best.”
And since only the medical professional assigned to your chart will review your profile, the website emphasizes you can rest assured that all your medical information is kept 100% private and HIPAA compliant.
According to Statista.com, telemedicine—“the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology”—will more than double its global market size between 2016 and 2021 to more than $41 billion.
As such, BlueChew’s claim that “this is the future of healthcare” seems accurate from a high-level perspective. In this article, we’ll zoom in and take a closer look at the company and their competitors, so you can make a more informed decision.
How Does BlueChew Work?
BlueChew currently offers their services to residents of CA, FL, GA, IL, NJ, NY, NC, MI, OH, and VA. Their terms emphasize that “each state has different telemedicine laws and the staff is working diligently to be in all 50 states.”
If you’re a resident of one of these states, after clicking the Get Started button on home page, you’ll choose one of the following product and plan combinations:
- 25 MG Sildenafil chewables: 5, 8, or 13 per month
- 2.5 MG Tadalafil chewables: 3, 5, or 8 per month
From there, you'll complete your profile, which involves entering your name, date of birth, state, the reason for choosing BlueChew, as well as high-level details about your treatment history (any medications/supplements you’re taking, allergies, level of physical fitness, medical conditions, etc.).
To finalize the process, you’ll create an account by entering your email address and choosing a password, inputting your first and last name, address, shipping method, and credit card details and pressing the Place Order button. Overall, this shouldn’t take more than five minutes.
According to the website, this information will be used “to help certified doctors write you a prescription.” “Each patient,” they tell us, “is reviewed by a licensed physician or medical professional. We also offer patient care from licensed physician assistants to make sure your medical questions are answered in a timely matter.”
From there, your medication will be delivered monthly in discreet, individually wrapped packages. Sildenafil will arrive in black pouches, while tadalafil will be in light gray pouches.
What are Sildenafil and Tadalafil?
Sildenafil and Tadalafil are known as a phosphodiesterase type-5 (PDE5) inhibitors, which is a molecule that plays a significant role in regulating the cardiovascular system. Specifically, Patient.info explains that these medications help “widen (relax) blood vessels and improve the flow of blood to the penis following sexual stimulation. This helps to maintain an erection.”
Despite their similar mechanisms of action, there are some meaningful differences between the two medications.
As explained on the BlueChew website, one big difference is that tadalafil chewables are taken daily and typically last 24 to 36 hours, whereas sildenafil is taken as needed and often starts working in 25 to 30 minutes, but provides a much narrower window of opportunity between four and six hours.
Another difference explained by Patient.info is that tadalafil can help relax prostate and bladder muscles and improve blood flow to the areas, so it’s typically prescribed for men experiencing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Both medications (under different brand names) are also prescribed to address pulmonary arterial hypertension.
How Much Does BlueChew Cost?
BlueChew’s monthly subscriptions are priced as follows:
- Sildenafil Chewables, 25 mg: Five ($20), Eight ($30), Thirteen ($50)
- Tadalafil Chewables, 2.5 mg: Three ($20), Five ($30), Eight ($50)
Customers can cancel or stop their subscription at any time under their My Account page, without contracts or hidden fees.
While BlueChew doesn’t accept insurance for their services, their FAQ emphasizes, "we are usually a lot cheaper than an in-person doctor visit and filling a prescription at the pharmacy (even with insurance)."
Pro tip: This appears to be correct as of this writing. According to GoodRX.com, the cheapest sildenafil tablets available were $17.50 apiece, while AccessRX.com found tadalafil tablets as low as $41 each.
BlueChew offers a 30-day refund policy from the date of purchase if customers are dissatisfied, although they can’t take back any prescription medications. To request one or to ask additional questions, a representative can be reached at email@example.com.
BlueChew vs. Hims, Roman, & Lemonaid Health
According to the BlueChew website, “Advancements in telemedicine have allowed the company to make access to sildenafil and tadalafil treatments readily available to every man from the comfort and privacy of their home.”
Well, these same advancements have allowed several other companies to provide competing services. Here are the most popular and how they compare:
|Company||States Currently Available||Monthly Pricing||Notes|
|BlueChew||CA, FL, GA, IL, NJ, NY, NC, MI, OH, VA||Sildenafil, 25 mg: Five ($20), Eight ($30), Thirteen ($50) Tadalafil, 2.5 mg: Three ($20), Five ($30), Eight ($50)||The only online company that offers chewable versions of these medications|
|Hims||ED Meds: CA, CT, FL, IL, MO, NY, OH, PA, TN, TX, WA, WI||Sildenafil, 20 mg: Ten ($20) Will also pay a one-time $5 medical fee||Also offers DHT shampoo, finasteride, and Minoxidil for hair, as well as a biotin gummies supplement|
|Roman ED Meds||AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, MA, MI, MD, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NM, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY||Sildenafil (20, 40, 60, 80, or 100 mg): $2 - $10 per dose Tadalafil (2.5, 5, 10, or 20 mg): $17 - $62 per dose Vardenafil (2.5, 5, 10, or 20 mg): $52 per dose||Features a companion app, all customers will have an online telemedicine visit with a licensed physician|
|Lemonaid Health||AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, MD, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, VA, WA||Sildenafil (20 mg only): $2 per dose Will also pay $25 per online doctor visit||Offers a wide variety of additional testing and prescription services. May not need a video visit, although some states require it. Partners with popular retail pharmacies to dispense medication.|
Which of these options—if any—should you choose? We think it’s primarily going to come down to which factors you emphasize most.
Obviously, you’ll need to reside in a state where one of these companies operates. And as we can see from the table above, BlueChew is currently available in the fewest states, while Roman is available in the most.
Assuming you live in a state where each of these companies operates, both Hims and Lemonaid offer sildenafil for as low as $2 per dose, while you’ll pay between $3.84 and $4 with BlueChew and $2 to $10 with Roman.
On the other hand, if you want tadalafil, BlueChew and Roman are your only telemedicine options above, although you’ll pay $6.25 to $6.66 per dose with the former, and meaningfully more at $17 to $62 per dose with the latter. However, Roman also offers a much wider range of tadalafil dosages.
Finally, perhaps BlueChew’s most distinguishing feature is that their sildenafil and tadalafil is available in chewable tablets. While they’re currently the only telemedicine company offering this version, it’s important to point out that we found 100 mg Sildenafil chewables available through third-party online pharmacies for as little as $1.13 per dose at the time of our research.
Is BlueChew the Right Telemedicine Option for Your ED Prescription Medications?
Chewable medications can offer greater ease of use than tablets, since they might not require water (unless they’re especially chalky). And because they’re already broken up by the time they reach your stomach, it’s possible that the ingredients contained in chewables might deliver faster results.
With this said, it’s important to point out that sites like ZavaMed.com and AccessRX.com indicate that standard tablet versions of tadalafil and sildenafil can work in as little as 30 minutes, which is about what BlueChew claims for their chewables.
Regardless of the version, WebMD indicates that potential side effects related to tadalafil include “headache, stomach upset, back pain, muscle pain, stuffy nose, flushing, or dizziness.” For sildenafil, these include vision changes, “dizziness, headache, flushing, or stomach upset.”
While no dosages or other circumstances were noted, this is something you’ll definitely want to discuss with your BlueChew physician.
Another factor to keep in mind is that compared to many competitors, BlueChew comes with minimal online customer feedback, since they only recently opened their doors in May 2018. However, the company was co-founded by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alex Jovanovich, who also founded prescription skincare website Dermacare.com, which has been in business since 2015.
Considering their competitive pricing and 30-day refund policy, though, it seems that you might not have much to lose by giving BlueChew a try and finding out for yourself if their online prescription services and chewable medications meet your needs and preferences.