Cialis is a brand-name drug used to treat multiple health conditions, most notably erectile dysfunction, also referred to as ED, in men. The medication is a specific form of the drug Tadalafil, which was originally discovered and developed by the pharmaceutical company now known as GlaxoSmithKline. Tadalafil became available in the United States as early as 2003.
Cialis is a pill taken orally that works by allowing the successful release of chemicals that enable increased blood flow into a man’s penis, which provides full sexual arousal that may have been inhibited for multiple reasons related to erectile dysfunction.
Different from other similar drugs that address problems with erectile dysfunction, Cialis stays in the body and is often reported to be effective for longer periods of time compared to other medications such as Viagra. Therefore, it is often believed that Cialis is more effective than Viagra and other medications at helping men maintain penile hardness and overall arousal.
Medical professionals generally recommend that Cialis only be taken once per day, but there are cases where doctors suggest the drug may be consumed at a higher dosage or greater frequency than normal.
Though Cialis has many benefits for sexual relationships and reproductive health, some men may experience one or multiple side effects. These additional experiences can include headaches, indigestion, back and muscle pain, a stuffy nose, flushing and abnormal vision. Pain associated with muscles usually presents itself within 12 to 24 hours and disappears within two days. Men who take Cialis and experience side effects are advised to communicate with their doctor.
Men should discuss the decision to take Cialis with a primary-care doctor in advance of beginning a regimen that incorporates the medication. If a man has gained access to the medication prior to talking to a doctor and experimented with its effects, that practice should be discussed with a doctor.
In some cases, it is possible that a man can experience extreme decreases in blood pressure if taking Cialis along with other drugs that are classified as Nitrates. In those cases, dizziness, fainting, heart attacks and strokes are all possible results of the combination of medication. To significantly reduce those risks, men should discuss taking Cialis with a doctor.
Cialis is normally available in 5 mg, 10 mg and 20 mg doses, and the medication is available only by a doctor’s prescription. It is generally not recommended that Cialis be consumed along with other drugs that are specifically intended to help with symptoms of erectile dysfunction, such as Viagra. Though the impacts of combining such medications aren’t completely clear, it is believed that a man’s risk of heart attack, stroke and dizziness are much higher if multiple such medications are taken at the same time.
Though Cialis is best known for helping men with erectile dysfunction, it has also been regularly used to assist people dealing with pulmonary arterial hypertension and benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Consult your doctor and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for more information about Cialis.