What Is Cialis?

 

Cialis, also known as Tadalafil, is used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men. Cialis has become one of the most popular treatments for this condition. Cialis belongs to a group of drugs that are called phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors (PDE5).

Cialis is also used to treat men who have symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This is a condition where the prostate becomes enlarged.

Cialis can also be used by both women and men to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, a condition affecting blood pressure in the main artery of the heart that carries blood to the lungs.

Overview

Cialis is used to treat Erectile Dysfunction, among other conditions. This dysfunction is a condition wherein the penis does not expand and harden when a man becomes sexually aroused. This condition also refers to the function wherein a man cannot keep an erection.

When sexual stimulation is present, the body normally increases blood flow to the penis, which in turn produces an erection. Cialis works to control the enzyme responsible for inhibiting an erection, so that an erection can be achieved and maintained by increasing said blood flow. However, Cialis will not work if sexual stimulation is not present.

For the treatment of BPH, Cialis helps to treat symptoms such as: decreased urination flow, difficulty urinating, hesitation in urination, and getting up to urinate at night. Cialis works to reduce severity of these symptoms and the chance that surgery on the prostate will be necessary.

In the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, Cialis works on the specific PDE5 enzyme in the lungs. The enzyme relaxes the blood vessels in the lungs therefore increasing the blood supply to the lungs and reducing the work the heart needs to do.

Proper Usage of Cialis

As with all medications use only as directed by a doctor and do not use more or more often than is prescribed. If too much is taken it will increase the chances of side effects occurring.

Cialis may be taken with or without food and use only the brand of this medicine that the doctor has prescribed. Different brands work in different ways. Do not split or break a tablet, it must be swallowed whole. An erection will not occur if sexual stimulation is not present.

 

Dosage

 

Dosage is different for every patient, so doctors’ instructions should be followed relating to dosage. The average dosage for oral tablets of Cialis is as follows:

  • Oral tablet usage for benign prostatic hyperplasia is five milligrams for adults no more than once daily, taken at the same time each day. Not recommended for children.
  • For treatment of erectile dysfunction as needed, average dosage is ten milligrams no more than twice daily, to be taken thirty minutes before sexual activity may occur. Dosages may be adjusted by a doctor.
  • For treatment of BPH and erectile dysfunction on a daily basis adults should take two and a half milligrams once a day at the same time each day, no need to regard the timing of sexual activity. Not recommended for children.
  • For the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, take forty milligrams once daily. For children dosage and use must be determined by a doctor.
  • If a dose is missed take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is time for the next dose, the skipped dose must be missed and go to the regular dosage schedule. Never double up on doses.

Allergies

If there has ever been an allergic reaction to any ingredients in Cialis be sure to talk to the doctor. Also talk to the doctor about any other allergies to dyes, preservatives, foods, or animals.

Drug Interactions

Certain medications should not be used together. In some cases differing drugs can be used together even if an interaction is indicated. If this is the case, a doctor may adjust dosages, or other precautions may need to be taken. Be mindful if any of these medications are being taken before beginning Cialis as it is not recommended with these medications:

  • Boceprevir
  • Amyl Nitrite
  • Erythrityl Tetranitrate
  • Isosorbide Mononitrate
  • Isosorbide Dinitrate
  • Nitroglycerin
  • Propatyl Nitrate
  • Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate
  • Telaprevir
  • Riociguat

If you are taking any of the following medications, be sure to talk to your doctor about when to use with Cialis. It is contraindicated but may be used in certain circumstances:

  • Darunavir
  • Cobicistat
  • Erythromycin
  • Indinavir
  • Ketoconazole
  • Itraconazole
  • Lopinavir
  • Nefazodone
  • Ketoconazole
  • Phenoxybenzamine
  • Prazosin
  • Phentolamine
  • There are many more, check with the doctor for specific instructions

How Quickly Does Cialis Take Effect?

Cialis has been shown to work more quickly than other ED drugs for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The onset of effectiveness begins within thirty minutes or less on a typical case. The recommendation for the medication is to take it thirty minutes before sexual activity.

Typically, the effects of the medication last between twenty-four and thirty-six hours from taking it. The long-lasting effects of the drug have been a major selling point for the brand. In fact, it has been dubbed as ‘the weekend pill.’ Many men have stated that Cialis can be taken on a Friday night, and still have the effects of it on Sunday morning. The extended nature of the drug allows for more spontaneity.

Two Treatment Approaches

Unlike its many competitors, Cialis offers two different approaches to treatment. It may be taken on an as needed basis, or it can be taken in a low dosage every day. Dosages can be tweaked with both options.

There are no food restrictions with Cialis, except to not take it with grapefruit juice as it increases the blood levels of the medication, causing unpleasant side effects. Drinking alcohol may also increase side effects, especially dizziness. Be sure to take the drug alone before drinking alcohol to see how the medication affects the body.

Cialis has been in use for over a decade and has helped millions of men enjoy the effects of improved erectile function. The longer half-life of the drug has made it the most popular option for men for maximum spontaneity.