Cialis is the brand name for tadalafil, a medication used primarily to treat erectile dysfunction in men.
Additionally, Cialis is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia and pulmonary artery hypertension. Cialis differs from another common erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra, in that the effects of Cialis last much longer. Whereas Viagra is a drug that lasts anywhere from 4-6 hours, just one Cialis pill may last up to thirty-six hours.
Cialis works by inhibiting a certain receptor in the vasculature of the penis.
Once these receptors are inhibited via the medication, blood flow to the penis is increased, resulting in longer lasting erections which are more easily achievable. Cialis is frequently prescribed by providers to patients who present with erectile dysfunction that need a longer lasting treatment option. Frequently, one Viagra may last for only a single sexual encounter. The major benefit of Cialis is that just one pill can last up to thirty-six hours. This effect has led some to call Cialis the “weekend” pill.
Although Cialis is generally well tolerated by most people, there are significant side effects that may cause discomfort.
These side effects include headache, nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea and dry mouth. It should be noted that although these symptoms are possible, most people that take Cialis do not experience any side effects.
Cialis, like most other erectile dysfunction medications, carries the risk of a severe side effect called priapism.
Priapism refers to a condition in which the penis becomes erect and stays erect for a period longer than four hours. This condition is a medical emergency, and must be treated as such by the patient taking Cialis. Prior to obtaining a prescription for Cialis, the patient should be educated about the signs and symptoms of priapism.
Patients that take Cialis need to be aware of medication interactions as well.
Other drugs that may work to lower blood pressure should be used with caution by patients also taking Cialis. The risk in taking blood pressure medications along with Cialis is due to a synergistic effect between the medications. Taking a combination of Cialis and blood pressure medication may lower blood pressure to dangerously low levels. It is important to educate patients that are taking Cialis regarding the risk of orthostatic hypotension. Orthostatic hypotension is a condition in which upon standing up after laying down, a person faints due to a lack of blood going to their brain. Advising patients taking Cialis to rise from a seating or laying position slowly should help mitigate this risk.
Another area of concern for patients taking Cialis has to do with the drugs price.
Like most erectile dysfunction medications, Cialis is not cheap. In the United States, a single dose of Cialis may cost up to forty-five dollars. Things are a bit easier in the UK, where a single dose of Cialis is available in a generic form that retails for about eighty pence.
Cialis is one of the most prescribed drugs in the world for erectile dysfunction.
For those patients suffering from erectile dysfunction, Cialis may be an option.
In Australia, Cialis is available as a generic, similar to the United Kingdom.
For people living in Australia, the best way to obtain a prescription for Cialis would involve meeting with your general practitioner and discussing your unique needs. Additionally, Cialis is covered by most insurance plans in Australia.
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