Does BlueChew Actually Work? We Investigate (2024)

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BlueChew is a monthly subscription-based service that provides discreet chewable versions of sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil — all commonly prescribed ED medications.

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the most common sexual dysfunctions that people with penises around the world experience. A 2019 review suggests that anywhere between 3% and 76.5% of the world’s male population experiences ED — especially as they get older.

With BlueChew, ED tablets arrive by mail in a predetermined quantity and don’t require an in-person visit to a doctor or pharmacy.

Read on to learn how BlueChew’s subscription service works, some pros and cons to keep in mind, and how BlueChew compares in price with other ED medications.

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BlueChew is an online subscription service that delivers ED medication within the United States.

According to the BlueChew website, the company is designed for men who:

  • can’t tolerate commercially available pills
  • don’t want to visit a doctor in person
  • want to have more confidence in bed
  • have a hard time swallowing pills

When you sign up for the subscription, you’re connected to a licensed medical professional who provides a digital consultation to learn more about your symptoms and medical history.

If ED treatment is approved by that medical professional, a prescription will be written for one of the medications that BlueChew offers.

You can choose from four monthly subscription plans ranging in price from $20 to $120. You also have three medication options — sildenafil, tadalafil, or vardenafil — which come to you in the form of a chewable tablet.

Each month, BlueChew ships ED medication right to your door in the quantity you select. You can choose between four and 34 pills per month, depending on which medication you are prescribed.

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Pros

  • It comes in chewable tablet form.
  • There’s no need for an in-person doctor visit.
  • The medication arrives by mail in discreet packaging.
  • It’s cheaper than brand-name ED medications.
  • It’s made in the United States.

Cons

  • The chewable tablets and dose strengths aren’t FDA approved (but active ingredients are FDA approved).
  • You need to pay online.
  • It’s not available outside the United States.
  • It’s not available in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Puerto Rico.

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BlueChew sells chewable tablets of sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil, which are generic versions of popular brand-name ED medications like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. However, while the active ingredients used in those brand-name drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ED, the chewable tablets and the dose strengths offered through BlueChew haven’t been separately approved by the FDA for ED treatment.

Monthly subscription rates

BlueChew offers monthly subscriptions based on your needs. There are four different plans per medication that relate to how many pill packs are sent to you each month. It is also worth noting that BlueChew offers a discounted rate on your first shipment to all first-time buyers. These prices don’t include shipping and tax:

  • Sildenafil: This medication is available in 30mg and 45 mg doses. Plans range from 6 to 34 pill packs a month, costing around $20 to $120. One of their best-selling plans includes 17 packs of 30mg chewables for $50 per month.
  • Tadalafil: This medication is available in 6mg and 9 mg doses. You can receive between 4 to 28 pill packs a month, ranging from $20 to $120. One of their most popular plans includes 14 packs of 6mg chewables for $30 per month.
  • Vardenafil: This medication is only available in 8mg doses and has a mint flavor. Plans range from 4 to 30 pill packs a month and costs $20 to $120. Their best-selling plan includes 15 packs for $65 per month.

BlueChew is a prescription-based business, so you can’t return your medications or get a refund.

BlueChew instead encourages customers to let the BlueChew medical team know if your current dosage or subscription isn’t working for you. They can review your information and see whether another treatment may work better.

*All prices are accurate as of April 2024.

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Is BlueChew covered by insurance?

Most insurance plans, including Medicare, don’t usually cover the cost of ED medications. Some Medicare Part C and Part D plans may cover the cost of some versions of generic ED medications.

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BlueChew sells three types of ED medications: sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil. These medications have comparable levels of effectiveness and safety for treating ED.

But a 2017 study* comparing tadalafil with sildenafil for the treatment of ED found that tadalafil produced more favorable psychological outcomes.

Researchers cited that men who took tadalafil didn’t feel as much pressure, urgency, or needs to plan before sexual activity as those who took sildenafil.

*Note: The doses in these studies are FDA-approved doses, not the dose strengths offered by BlueChew.

BlueChew vs. Viagra

Sildenafil is the active ingredient found in Viagra. Sildenafil has been FDA approved since 2016 to be sold under its generic name. While BlueChew’s chewable ED treatment is not independently FDA approved, it contains the same active ingredient as Viagra.

BlueChew’s sildenafil subscription comes in 30- and 45-mg tablets. Viagra comes in three doses: 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg.

Another difference is that Viagra is a tablet that you have to swallow, while sildenafil from BlueChew is chewable.

The primary active ingredients in BlueChew — sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil — are FDA approved for treating ED.

The tablets are made by compounding the active ingredients into a chewable tablet form. This tablet, nor the doses BlueChew offers, are FDA approved. BlueChew also doesn’t provide any information on why the doses for each pill were selected and how effective they are.

PDE-5 inhibitors lower your blood pressure throughout your body. PDE-5 inhibitors are most commonly prescribed for those who have ED caused by poor blood flow to the penis.

They can be dangerous if you have certain underlying health conditions. Avoid PDE-5 inhibitors if you’ve had:

  • stroke
  • heart attack
  • unstable angina (chest pain)

Before taking medication for ED

Don’t take these medications if you’ve had a stroke, heart attack, or unstable angina. Also, tell a doctor if you take:

  • medications containing nitrates
  • riociguat (Adempas)
  • herbal supplements
  • substances like cannabis, cocaine, or heroin or misuse prescription drugs like Xanax

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Potential side effects of sildenafil

Sildenafil may cause side effects in some people. But most people experience no side effects or only minor ones.

Common side effectsRare, more serious side effects
headacheschest pain or shortness of breath
upset stomach (nausea or indigestion)prolonged and painful erections
flushed face (reddening or warming of the face)vision problems (blurred or color-tinged vision, or sudden vision loss in one or both eyes)
trouble sleepinghearing problems (sudden hearing loss, ringing in your ears, or dizziness)
feverlow blood pressure (symptoms may include dizziness, confusion, and fainting)
sore throatserious skin reactions (may include peeling and swelling of the skin and blistering of the mouth, genitals, and around the eyes)
runny noseallergic reaction

Potential side effects of tadalafil

Tadalafil may cause side effects in some people, but serious side effects are rare.

Common side effectsRare, more serious side effects
headacheschest pain
nauseaan erection lasting more than 4 hours
flushed faceproblems with eyesight or hearing
indigestionhives
stuffy noseswollen face
muscle achesswelling around the eyes
seizure
allergic reaction

Potential side effects of vardenafil

Like other PDE-5 inhibitors, vardenafil can also cause some side effects.

Common side effectsRare, more serious side effects
dizziness
vision loss
flushingamnesia
headacheback pain
mild low blood pressurebone pain
runny or stuffy nosemuscle pain
indigestionchest pain
hearing loss
allergic reaction
irregular heartbeat
heart palpitation
severe low blood pressure
tinnitus

Stop taking medication for ED if you notice any concerning symptoms

Not all potential side effects for sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil are included here.

If you notice any concerning or abnormal symptoms, stop taking the medication right away and talk with a doctor.

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BlueChew has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. They currently have nine customer complaints in the last 12 months regarding customer service and refunds.

No lawsuits have been filed against BlueChew, nor have there been any recalls.

Privacy

BlueChew only uses your personal and medical information to assess your health needs, prescribe you medication as needed, and process your payments. This may include sharing this information with pharmacies to fill out your prescriptions as well as third-party vendors who handle payments or deliveries through the BlueChew site.

BlueChew deliveries also come in discreet packaging that isn’t labeled with any identifying information about the product and what it’s for. There’s no need to worry that someone may find out that you’re using ED medications if they spot the package at your door.

What’s offeredPricesDoses
BlueChewsildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafilfrom $2 to $3 per dose30–45 mg for sildenafil, 6–9 mg for tadalafil, 8 mg for vardenafil
HimsViagra, generic sildenafil, Cialis, generic tadalafil, generic sertraline, generic avanafil$3 per dose up to $958 per month for daily doses25–100 mg for sildenafil, 2.5–20 mg for tadalafil, 50–200 mg for avanafil
RomanViagra, generic sildenafil, Cialis, generic tadalafil, generic sertraline$4–$10 for a single dose of sildenafil, $11–$80 for a single dose of tadalafil25–100 mg for sildenafil, 2.5–20 mg for tadalafil, 50 mg for sertraline
Lemonaidgeneric sildenafil, generic tadalafil$25 consultation fee, $30 monthly subscription fee; $30 to $220 per order20 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg for sildenafil; 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg for tadalafil

There isn’t a cure for ED, but there are several treatment options available. Along with medications, some common solutions may include:

  • talk therapy
  • penis pumps
  • yoga
  • herbs and supplements like ginseng, shatavari, and horny goat weed

Talk with a doctor before introducing BlueChew to your sex life. If you haven’t already received a diagnosis of ED, a doctor may be able to suggest other treatment options based on your health history.

Additionally, a doctor may deter you from using BlueChew if they don’t think it’s a good option for you.

Since BlueChew and Viagra function fairly similarly —they contain the same active ingredient and both improve blood flow — the effectiveness largely depends on the person taking it.

The difference between the two is that BlueChew is an online service, provides chewable tablets, and offers 30-mg and 45-mg options. Viagra comes in 25-mg, 50-mg, and 100-mg options. With BlueChew, medications will be sent directly to your doorstep.

ED is the most common sexual issue that men experience. BlueChew is a monthly subscription-based service that provides chewable tablets to manage ED.

BlueChew sells sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil tablets, which are the active ingredients in Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, respectively. The service includes an online consultation with a doctor who can recommend the dose and type of medication you should take.

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