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Cialis - A guide to this prescription drug

Cialis - A prescription drug for the treatment of erectile dysfunction

What does this drug do?

Cialis (Tadalafil) is a treatment for erectile dysfuntion in men. It differs from other erectile dysfunction drugs in that it works for about 36 hours after taking it, giving a man the opportunity to choose the correct moment for love making. Cialis helps to increase blood flow to the penis by relaxing the muscles within it, and helps many (but not all men) maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory intercourse to take place.

It does not offer any protection against sexually transmitted diseases or infection with HIV.

How does Cialis work?

The active ingredient, tadalafil, is a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor. This means that it prevents the action of phosphodiesterase type 5 in the body. Another chemical produced by the body called cyclic GMP makes the blood vessels in the penis dilate (in response to sexual stimulation), causing an erection. However, this chemical is broken down by phosphodiesterase type 5. Inhibiting the action of phosphodiesterase type 5, which is what Cialis does, allows an erection to take place and be maintained for longer.

What is the recommended dose?

The recommended starting dose is 10 mg. Note that Cialis tablets are often 20 mg, so you can split them in two and get two doses from each for two separate occasions.

How is it taken?

Cialis is taken orally, at least half an hour and up to 36 hours before intercourse. It should not be taken more than once per day. It may be taken with or without food.

How widespread is erectile dysfunction?

Millions of men from all over the world suffer of have suffered from sexual dysfunction (impotence). Until recently, there were vary few treatments available for this condition. Those that were available included the use of vacuum pumps and rings, injections and even surgery. These treatments were often painful, embarrassing or both.

Does Cialis actually work?

Yes, it has been approved by the FDA as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. It has been shown to alleviate the symptoms of erectile dysfunction in the majority of men, including those who suffer severely, although individual results may vary. It can allow you develop sexual relations with your partner spontaneously, as you can take it up to 36 hours in advance of any sexual activity. It works:

  • Quickly

  • For a day and a half in the majority of men

  • Only when you are stimulated sexually

With this drug, you don't need to plan when you are going to eat or avoid certain types of food, because its absorption is independent of what you eat (with the exception of grapefruit and grapefruit juice - see below).

The symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction that were significantly improved include:

  • Achieving and maintaining an erection

  • Achieving hard erections

  • Maintaining erections for the duration of sexual intercourse

  • Satisfying sexual intercourse

Note that it will not:

  • Provide a cure for erectile dysfunction - it is just a treatment
  • It will not increase your sex drive
  • It will not act as a male contraceptive, nor prevent the transmission of STD's.

When should I not take this drug?

This drug should not be taken in conjunction with any drugs containing nitrates, as in conjunction with Taladafil your blood pressure may be reduced to a dangerously low level. It should also not be taken in conjunction with any other erectile dysfunction drugs, alpha blockers, excessive alcohol consumption and a number of other drugs. Make sure you inform your doctor of all drugs that you are taking, plus provide truthful answers to any other questions he may ask, before obtaining your prescription. Speak to your doctor and ask his advice before ordering online. In particular, do not order online if you have decreased kidney or liver function, cardio vascular disease, high or low blood pressure, diseases of the blood disease or bone cancer without first seeing your doctor.

It is not recommended if you have ever suffered from an eye condition called Non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy.

You should also avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice whilst taking Taladafil as it may increase the drug's concentration in your blood and increase the risk of any side effects.

If you notice any side effects that may be attributable to this drug, stop taking it and inform your doctor.

This drug should only be used by males over the age of 18.

Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice. For medical advice, see your doctor.

For further information on side effects and contra indications, visit Cialis Information.