What is Tadalafil?
Tadalafil is taken for the treatment of erectile dysfunction or male impotence. When paired with sexual stimulation, Tadalafil will increase the blood flow to the penis in order to help a man obtain (and sustain) an erection.
How does Tadalafil work?
Tadalafil works by increasing blood flow to the penis. The active ingredient, Tadalafil, works to relax the muscles on the walls of the blood vessels, assisting a man in getting and keeping an erection.
What are the benefits of taking Tadalafil?
Using Tadalafil provides help with getting and sustaining an erection. This can provide the male user with more sexual freedom and optimised performance, to be enjoyed by both him and his partner.
The main benefit of Tadalafil is the duration of its effectiveness; it outshines its competitors in that department with a 36 hour window. This does not mean that users will have a sustained erection for that entire period, but a dose taken on Friday can still assist (in an erotic context) on Sunday, earning it the nickname of ‘the weekend pill’. This also allows users to be more spontaneous with their sexual encounters, rather than having to plan ahead like with other ED medicine that perhaps only last for 4 or 5 hours.
How do I use Tadalafil?
Tadalafil is a prescription-only medication. Always follow the advice of your doctor and read the patient information leaflet provided in the medication packet. Take the tablets orally at least 30 minutes before sexual activity, by swallowing whole with some water.
Tadalafil can be taken with or without food but some users have noticed a decrease in the drugs effectiveness when taken after a large meal or one particularly high in fat. Grapefruit juice can interfere with Tadalafil so take with caution, and alcohol can also have a damaging effect on how it works, so avoid any excessive drinking before using Tadalafil.
It’s also important to note that Tadalafil does not work unaided by sexual stimulation. You and your partner will need to engage in sexual activity in order to notice the assistance from the drug, just as you would if you were not taking erectile dysfunction medication. Please be aware that Tadalafil does not in any way provide protection against pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections, so you will still need to practice safe sex by using items such as condoms.
The standard Tadalafil tablets come in four doses of 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg or 20mg.
Your doctor will likely start you off with the 10mg dosage and if it’s not performing optimally, then this could be upped to 20mg. Whichever the dose, you should never take more than one tablet in any 24 hour period.
The low dose Tadalafil options are designed for men who want to achieve freedom in terms of sexual spontaneity. The 2.5mg or 5mg tablets will be prescribed to you by your doctor and you should take one tablet per day at roughly the same time. Again, you should not exceed this dosage and you should contact your doctor if you take too many. If you forget a tablet, do not take a double dosage the next day to make up for it.
Side effects & precautions
Before taking Tadalafil to treat erectile dysfunction, you should always first consult your doctor. Particular conditions to make them aware of would include:
- sickle cell anaemia (an abnormality of red blood cells).
- multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow).
- leukemia (cancer of the blood cells).
- any deformation of your penis. a serious liver problem.
- a severe kidney problem.
Anyone with serious heart conditions (such as heart disease) should also be cautious as sex is an exertive activity and puts extra strain on your heart. It is not currently known whether or not Tadalafil is effective for users who have had pelvic surgery or removal of all (or part) of the prostate gland.
Tadalafil is not suitable to be taken by women, children or adolescents under 18. It should also not be taken by anyone currently taking nitrates, anyone allergic to Tadalafil’s ingredients, anyone with serious heart problems or anyone with low blood pressure. You should inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following medications:
- an alpha-blocker (used to treat high blood pressure or urinary symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia).
- other medicines to treat high blood pressure.
- a 5- alpha reductase inhibitor (used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia).
- medicines such as ketoconazole tablets (to treat fungal infections) and protease inhibitors for treatment of AIDS or HIV infection.
- phenobarbital, phenytoin and carbamazepine (anticonvulsant medicines).
- rifampicin, erythromycin , clarithromycin or itraconazole.
- other treatments for erectile dysfunction.
All medicines affect individual users differently, so not everyone who uses Tadalafil will experience the possible side effects. However, the most common ones include:
- back pain,
- muscle aches,
- pain in arms and legs,
- facial flushing,
- nasal congestion,
If you do experience one or more of these side effects and they persist or worsen, then inform your doctor right away. You should also cease use of Tadalafil immediately and contact your doctor if you experience any of the following:
- allergic reactions including rashes (uncommon).
- chest pain – do not use nitrates but seek immediate medical assistance (uncommon).
- priapism, a prolonged (more than 4 hours), and possibly painful, erection after taking Cialis (rare).
- sudden loss of vision (rare).
The side effect of dizziness has been reported more frequently in men over 75 years of age taking Tadalafil, so rise slowly from a sitting or lying position to reduce the risk. Also be cautious when driving after taking Tadalafil, in case you are affected.
Seek medical help immediately if you have any very serious side effects, such as fast or irregular heartbeat, temporary memory loss, or seizures.