Cialis

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What Patients Should Know about Cialis

For patients who want to treat impotence, or erectile dysfunction, you should learn more about Cialis.

This oral medication contains tadalafil as its active ingredient, and it’s often used to treat this widespread and unwanted health condition these days. Basically, it belongs to the group of drugs called PDE-5 inhibitors, and it works by helping users relax their penile muscles and boost the blood flow into this area, but sexual stimulation is required to experience the necessary effect. Talk to your doctor who may prescribe you to take Cialis as an effective treatment of erectile dysfunction, but keep in mind that it has no protection against STDs. It’s interesting that this medicine is also used to treat prostatic hyperplasia.

List of Adverse Effects

The most common side effects that male patients may experience while taking Cialis include headaches, nausea, reddening, stomach ulcers, diarrhea, blurred vision, abnormal ejaculation and so on.

As a patient, you should understand that its use is also associated with priapism or prolonged erections (they last for more than six hours) so that it’s necessary to go to a hospital once you notice this serious symptom. If you have pre-existing heart problems, the intake of Cialis may lead to chest pain, strokes, increased heart rates and other severe side effects. That’s why you should inform your doctor about any existing medical conditions to be on a safe side. Sudden loss of hearing is reported in very rare cases, so you should stop taking Cialis and go to your doctor once you notice any changes in hearing.

How to Determine the Right Dose

For most male patients, the most popular dose of Cialis is 10 mg taken once a day before a planned sexual intercourse. It’s possible to increase this dosage according to your individual response and other important factors, but this step should be taken only after discussing all pros and cons with your doctor. The good news is that the effects of this popular ED medication last up to 36 hours, and that’s why many men call it a weekend pill. Don’t forget that its dosage often requires certain adjustments for those male patients who have decreased liver and kidney functions.

Dangerous Drug Interactions

Before you start taking Cialis, you should learn that the breakdown and elimination of its active ingredient from your body can be reduced by such medications as Norvir, Nizoral and some others, and this means that they can boost the levels of tadalafil in your blood flow. It’s clear that you shouldn’t combine them with the intake of Cialis if you want to avoid an increased risk of having side effects. Besides, such medications as Tegretol, Dilantin, Carbatrol and others may reduce the blood levels of its active ingredient, and this means that the positive effect of using Cialis will be reduced too.

You shouldn’t take it with nitrates, including nitroglycerin, because this drug combination will result in having increased heart rates and lowering your blood pressure. Don’t combine this ED medicine with alpha-blocking meds and alcoholic beverages because you risk ending up with such adverse effects as headaches, dizziness, drops in your blood pressure, etc. Take into consideration PDE-5 inhibitors and their ability to prolong bleeding, and this means that Cialis should be taken quite carefully by those male patients who have specific disorders, such as bleeding problems and active ulcers. It’s not allowed to take this medication with Adrirca and other similar drugs for the same reason. If you’re not sure about possible effects, you need to talk to your doctor.