Cialis, mostly known as Tadalafil, is a drug mainly used to treat the symptoms of erectile dysfunction or impotence. This medicine mainly increases the flow of blood to penis and this also enables the users to achieve an erection. Besides, Cialis is also used to treat the issues of enlarged prostate, which is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. This medicine actually helps to treat the symptoms of this issue like a weak stream, difficulty in starting the flow of urine and also the requirement of urinating urgently or frequently by relaxing smooth muscle in bladder and prostate.
But it never results in sexual arousal. So, this medication should always be used with caution, especially under proper medical supervision.
How does Cialis work?
Penile erection mainly takes place while the penis gets filled with blood. This thing mainly happens when the blood vessels bring the blood flow to the penis dilate while increasing the supply of blood. Similarly, blood vessels, which remove blood from the penile area, contract. As a result, blood builds up in the penis area leading to an erection.
While a man becomes sexually stimulated, nitric oxide gets released into the penis. This enables the creation of cGMP that controls both the contraction and dilation of blood vessels, which carry blood from and to the penis.
Another substance of this medication is PDE5 that successfully destroys cGMP. And when this takes place, the blood vessels mainly return to the normal sizes and erection ends. Cialis stops PDE5 from demolishing cGMP. As a result, erection lasts for a longer time. Besides, the artery muscles located in the walls of lungs also include PDE5 and this also helps in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension.
Remember it that Cialis doesn’t cause erections naturally and sexual stimulation is still required. Besides, this medicine doesn’t help one to treat erectile dysfunction or ED, to protect one from any sexually transmitted diseases or it doesn’t increase the sexual desire of any man. Besides, this medicine doesn’t serve as the male birth control.
How to take Cialis?
The recommended dosage of Cialis is one pill once a day. It is also necessary to follow all the instructions mentioned on the prescription label. It is advisable not to consume this medicine in smaller or larger amounts or for a longer period than recommended. Cialis can be consumed without or with food. You should not split or break a tablet and swallow the entire tablet. To treat erectile dysfunction, the user should consume this medicine before sexual activity. Although Cialis helps to achieve erection while sexual transmission takes place, erection won’t take place only by consuming a pill. So, it better to follow the instructions of your health physician. But you should not take this medicine in case you are consuming any other medicine for pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Precautions of taking Cialis:
Before you start taking Cialis, you should consult with your health physician and check whether you are allergic to it or in case you have any other allergies. This product contains some inactive ingredients that can lead to allergic reactions or any other issues. So, before taking this medication, consult with your pharmacist or doctor about your medical history in case you have heart issues like angina/chest pain, irregular life-threatening heartbeat in the last 6 months, heart attack or heart failure; liver disease; kidney disease; stroke in the last 6 months; low or high blood pressure; history of prolonged/painful erection or priapism; dehydration or severe loss of body fluid; penis issues like scarring/fibrosis, angulation, Peyronie’s Disease; conditions that increase the risk of priapism like as leukemia, sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma; bleeding disorders; eye problems like as sudden reduced vision, NAION, Retinitis Pigmentosa; active stomach ulcers etc.
Cialis is not meant for women. So, the pregnant women should only use it while needed clearly. But before using, they should discuss the benefits and risks of using this medication with their doctors. Besides, the effects of passing this medicine into breast milk are also unknown.
Side effects of having Cialis:
The most common side effects that one can face after using Cialis include:
- Flushed skin
- Muscle aches
- Back pain
- Runny or stuffy nose
But all of these side effects go away after several hours.
However, Cialis leads to painful erection or erection, which doesn’t go away easily. In case the erection lasts for several hours or in case the erection becomes painful, then you must visit the nearest emergency department. Otherwise, the effects can be really dangerous.
Besides, Cialis also interacts with different medicines, especially blood pressure and nitrate medicines. Users, who use nitrates in some forms or are treated for pulmonary hypertension must not consume Cialis. As a whole, it is better to discuss with the doctor before taking Cialis.