Cialis is a prescription-only medication, clinically tested and approved for treating erectile dysfunction. Tadalafil, the active ingredient in this impotence pill, belongs to a group of medicines called PDE-5 (phosphodiesterase-5) inhibitors.

An overview of Cialis

Studies have shown that in majority of cases, erectile dysfunction is caused by physiological factors. These factors affect the body’s ability to direct the flow of blood to the penis in response to sexual arousal. Increased blood flow to the penis is a must for getting an erection. Cialis works by increasing the blood flow to the penis when a man gets sexually aroused. In particular, tadalafil inhibits the action of PDE-5 enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for breaking down cGMP, a chemical that helps in relaxing the penile smooth muscles to help increase the flow of blood to the penis to produce an erection. In this way, Cialis helps in maintaining the level cGMP intact to facilitate normal erectile function. Cialis is by far amongst the most popular impotence pills used for the treatment of erection problems.

Cialis side effects and precautions

Like any other medications, Cialis also has certain potential side effects such as

  • nausea,
  • sweating,
  • shortness of breath,
  • headaches,
  • and diarrhoea.

Rarely, Cialis can cause priapism, which refers to a prolonged and painful erection. This medication should be taken under medical supervision to avoid any side effects.

There are certain precautions that need to be taken before using Cialis. This impotence pill should not be taken in combination with nitrates, as mixing these two medications can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure leading to serious health consequences. If you have a health condition that requires you to take nitrate drugs, you must consult your doctor to figure out a safe way to use both Cialis and nitrates. These precautionary measures can help minimise the risk of side effects. Certain other health conditions may require the dose of Cialis to be reviewed and readjusted.

So it is advisable to inform your doctor, before taking Cialis, if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Blood pressure problems or angina
  • Liver or kidney problems
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Heart problems
  • Any inherited eye condition
  • Physical deformity of the penis

You should also tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual reaction to Cialis or any other erectile dysfunction medications. Using tobacco or alcohol with certain medications can cause drug interactions and this impotence pill is no exception to that. A little bit of care and precaution can help you ward off the potential side effects of Cialis.



Proper use of Cialis

Taking an appropriate Cialis dosage as directed ensures effective treatment of erectile dysfunction. Also, you should not take it more frequently than what your doctor has recommended to you. Cialis can be taken with or without food. The right dose of this impotence pill for an individual depends on his response and tolerance to this medication. Cialis comes in two dosing forms: as-needed and daily treatment. Cialis daily (Cialis once a day) is available in strengths of 2.5mg and 5mg. The available doses for as-needed treatment are 10mg and 20mg.