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What is tadalafil?

Tadalafil is the generic name of Cialis, a drug utilized to treat impotence or erectile dysfunction in men. This is when a man cannot get or maintain an erection suitable for sexual activity.

Tadalafil does not provide an erection. You will still need sexual stimulation when taking Tadalafil.

Important Information

Below are a number of key points you should consider before taking Tadalafil. As with all prescription drugs, consult a medical professional prior to starting to take Tadalafil.

If you are allergic to tadalafil or if you are using a nitrate drug for chest or heart pains, do not take Tadalafil or any derivative of this drug, including the brand-name Cialis. Taking Tadalafil with a nitrate can cause a serious decrease in blood pressure, leading to fainting, stroke, or heart attack.

Call your doctor right away if you become dizzy or nauseated during sexual activity, or if you have pain, numbness, or tingling in your chest, arms, neck, or jaw. If your erection is painful or lasts longer than 4 hours, contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention. This situation can damage the penis.

Although it has not been proven that Tadalafil is the cause, there are a number of small cases in which people taking Tadalafil have suffered sudden vision loss. This has happened most often in people who have had heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, an existing eye problem, and those who smoke and are over 50. Regardless, if you have sudden vision loss, stop taking Tadalafil and immediately seek medical attention.

What should I know before taking Tadalafil?

Below are guidelines you should follow when taking Tadalafil:

Take Tadalafil as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more pills than prescribed (i.e., increase the dosage) or for longer than your doctor has indicated.

Follow the instructions on your prescription label.

You can take Tadalafil with or without food.

Do not take Tadalafil for erectile dysfunction if you are already taking Adcirca for pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Do not take Tadalafil more than once per day and allow 24 hours to pass between doses if you are taking it daily. If you are taking Tadalafil daily, try and take it at the same time.

Remember to consult your doctor or a medical professional before taking any drug like Tadalafil.

Ingredients

Tadalafil, the generic form of the brand-name medication Cialis, is designed to enable or facilitate an erection by blocking phosphodiesterase type 5 enzymes.

How it Works

The primary benefit of Tadalafil is to relax the blood vessels in the penis allowing for better blood flow with a result of improved erectile function. Sexual stimulation is still required when taking Tadalafil.

Dosing

Tadalafil can be taken two ways. First is immediately before sexual activity. This is a single, higher dose for immediate results. The second way is smaller, daily doses. This method keeps a certain level of the drug within the blood system thereby providing its effects whenever they are needed. Regardless of the method in which the drug is taken,

Interactions

Tadalafil has the following known interactions:

nitroglycerin (Nitrostat, Nitrolingual, Nitro-Dur, Nitro-Bid, Minitran, Deponit, Transderm-Nitro)
Isosorbidedinitrate (Dilatrate-SR, Isordil, Sorbitrate)
Isosorbidemononitrate (Imdur, ISMO, Monoket)
Recreational drugs such as amyl nitrate or nitrite (“poppers”)
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of Tadalafil.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Tadalafil. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.
Do not mix Tadalafil with other erectile dysfunction drugs such as sildenafil (Viagra) or vardenafil (Levitra).

Side effects of tadalafil

• headache;

• redness or warmth in your face, neck, or chest;

• memory problems;

• cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, or sore throat;

• diarrhea, upset stomach; or

• muscle pain, back pain.

These side effects are not comprehensive and you should speak with your doctor about any abnormal reactions you are having while under treatment with tadalafil.

Frequently asked questions

Will Tadalafil give me an erection?

No. Tadalafil is meant to enable you to gain an erection when aroused. You and your partner will need to engage in whatever activities provide arousal prior to sexual intercourse.

What’s in Tadalafil?

Tadalafil is the primary medication of this generic form of the brand-name medication, Cialis. Tadalafil, and it’s brand-name cousin Cialis, is in a class of medicines called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors.

How does Tadalafil work?

Tadalafil works by relaxing the blood vessels in your penis. Inability to get or sustain an erection is often caused by blood-flow restriction in the penis. Tadalafil’ active ingredient, Tadalafil, relaxes the blood vessels allowing blood to flow into the penis. The result of this is improved erectile function.

Are there any drugs I can’t take in combination with Tadalafil?

Tadalafil should not be taken with nitrates or amyl nitrite (“chest-pain” medication). Tadalafil can actually enhance the properties of these drugs. If you are currently taking any prescription drugs, it is recommended that you tell your doctor about them when discussing Tadalafil.

Can Tadalafil cause an allergic reaction? If so, what are the signs?

Yes. Some people have developed a reaction to Tadalafil, the active ingredient in Tadalafil. Some of the symptoms may include shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body; rash, itching or hives on the skin.