Cialis, pronounced ‘see-Alice’, was given its name by a drug company named GlaxoSmithKline for the compound tadalafil. It is a brand name vasodilator drug that was approved by the FDA in 2003 to treat erectile dysfunction. Since then, it has been approved to treat two other conditions.
Also known commonly as tadalafil, Cialis treats a man’s inability to develop or maintain an erection during sexual intercourse. This condition is commonly referred to as erectile dysfunction or just ED. Cialis treats this condition by helping to increase blood flow to the penis by inhibiting an enzyme that prevents an erection from happening.
Cialis’s competitors include Viagra and Levitra, both only having effects that last 4 hours. Cialis lasts up to 36 hours, which has earned it the nickname “the weekend pill.” Cialis starts working about 15 to 30 minutes after it is taken orally.
Besides Cialis, tadalafil is also marketed under the name Adcirca, which is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). PAH is a term used by doctors to indicate that a patient has high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs. While it can help PAH in women, Cialis is not recommended for women or children. Cialis is not recommended for use by women, but Adcirca is able to help both women and men improve the exercise capabilities.
The other condition that it is used to treat is one specifically targeted towards men. Men who are suffering from symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH (an enlarge prostate gland) can be treated with Cialis.
Important Information to Remember
If you are taking a nitrate drug to relieve symptoms of heart problems or chest pains then you should not take Cialis. These drugs include isosorbide mononitrate, nitroglycerin, isosorbide dinitrate, and a few recreational drugs that are labeled as poppers. When you take tadalafil while taking a nitrate medication, it can cause a serious and sudden decrease in blood pressure.
There are other medicines that could also have dangerous or unwanted effects when taken alongside Cialis. You want to inform your doctor about all the medication that you are currently taking, especially Adempas (riociguat). Remember that you should never take Cialis while drinking alcohol.
Before Taking This Medicine
If you’re thinking of using Cialis then be sure that you are not allergic to tadalafil or any of its other ingredients. If you’re unsure if Cialis is right for you, consult your doctor. Ensure to inform them of any health issues you may have that could worsen your condition if you take Cialis.
Conditions include heart disease, angina (chest pain), heart rhythm problems, low or high blood pressure, pulmonary hypertension (unless you’re taking tadalafil to treat it), pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (a condition where the veins narrow from the lungs to the heart), kidney or liver disease, retinitis pigmentosa, a bleeding disorder, a stomach ulcer, a blood cell disorder, a physical deformity of the penis, or any health problem that could make sexual activity unsafe.
A small number of people have reported vision loss after taking medicines like Cialis. Many of the people who reported such an occurrence had already had vision issues before or risk factors, such as age, smoking, fat cholesterol, and coronary artery disease. There’s no evidence that the medicine was the actual cause of these instances of vision loss.
Uses for Cialis
Cialis is taken orally and comes in almond-shaped tablets that are film-coated and yellow. It comes in four doses: 2.5, 5, 10, and 20 mg. The amount that you take depends on the reason that you’re taking the medication.
Patients with ED can take Cialis as they need it, but you should not take it more frequently than once per every 24 hours. For the medication to take effect, the man needs to be sexually aroused. You will not get an erection if there is no sexual stimulation.
For your first dose, you will want to take 10 mg at least 30 minutes before you plan on having sex. From then on, you can adjust the dosage as you go depending on how you respond, but don’t go over 20 mg in a single dose.
The user should take no more than one dose a day at 10 to 20 mg since the drug remains in your system for more than 24 hours. If you partake in sexual activity more than twice a week then take a daily dose of 5 mg and adjust it down to 2.5 mg daily if needed. Cialis is intended for adults aged 18 years and older to treat erectile dysfunction.
You should always speak with you doctor before taking Cialis to discuss proper dosing for your specific needs.
How to Use Cialis
Read any material available to you or provided by your pharmacists before you decide to take tadalafil and each time you get a refill. When you have any questions then do not hesitate to ask your pharmacist or doctor.
You take this drug by mouth, with or without food, under the directions of your doctor. Do not take Cialis more than once a day. The dosage you receive is based on your response to treatment, other medication you’re taking, and your medical condition. If you are taking Adcirca for PAH and are thinking of taking Cialis for erectile dysfunction, do not.
When storing Cialis, you’ll want to store it at room temperature away from heat and moisture.
Cost of Cialis
The cost of Cialis in the United States is between $29.84 and $45.83. Check with your health insurance provider to see if your insurance is able to cover at least part of the cost. If they do cover part of the cost, be aware that it’s typically limits the number of doses covered month to month. Many providers do not cover the cost of erectile dysfunction medication.
Is Cialis Right for You?
If you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction, PAH, or BPH then tadalafil can be an answer for you. Cialis and Adcirca can help relieve your pain or help your situation. Ask your doctor if Cialis is an option for you.