Should You Take Cialis for Treating Erectile Dysfunction

There’s the age old and ever true expression that ‘time waits for no man’. It’s an unfortunate truth that applies to all of us with fact that getting old is inevitable. Men become proud of their virility and sexual stamina in their youth, and it’s something that most of them would prefer to take at least some measure of pride in as they grow older. And yes, this is equally as true for men who are lucky enough to have one great woman being the exclusive focus of all his amorous efforts!

Erectile dysfunction is a condition that affects many men, and not necessarily the senior men that people typically associate it with. There can be any number of reasons for ED, but the symptom that causes it is blood flow to the penis being inhibited. This results in an erection that is at times not stiff enough for lovemaking because of the lack of blood being allowed to flow into the penis. Cialis is one of two well-known and reputable medications that work to counter erectile dysfunction and allow men to achieve and maintain an erection.

The result of a successful treatment with Generic Cialis or Viagra is that you’ve got one very satisfied man – and one very satisfied woman too! Given the importance couples of ALL ages put on their sex life it is not surprising that these medications are as wildly popular as they are.

Is Cialis Right for You?

The good news is that Cialis (Taldalafil) is very effective for nearly every man who takes it. The not so good news is that it isn’t a good fit for everyone. The first consideration you should have when considering Cialis is whether or not you are in sufficiently good cardiovascular condition. This may seem a little far fetched but these types of medication can lead to some ‘vigorous’ lovemaking sessions between a man and his wife or partner.

Such exertion may put a lot of strain on your heart if you’re especially out of shape, so just be mindful of this factor to start with.

The next consideration you’ll want to look at is specifically in comparison between Viagra and Cialis. Viagra has a very short ‘window’ during which it can take effect, whereas Cialis has a very long window – 36 hours – during which the user can achieve erections when provided with sexual stimulation. For some guys that’s great, for others it may be problematic for any number of reasons. Be aware of this when choosing Viagra or Cialis for ED.

Understand as well that your prescribing physician may also suggest that you take the pill everyday, rather than in advance of planned or expected sexual relations. For this reason it is important to understand that Cialis is dispensed in different volume units, and understanding how they pertain very specifically to either the once-as-needed / once-daily prescribing advice from your physician is helpful.

Cialis Dosage

The recommended starting dose for patients taking it one the once-as-need basis will be 10mg. Any number higher than this (up to 20mg – the highest safe dose) will again only be in adherence to the once-as-need prescribing guideline. These dosages can go down to 5mg, but again only in direct consultation with your physician.

The recommended starting Generic Cialis dose for once-daily administering (which is usually suggested for men who have severe and chronic ED and are in a committed, exclusive relationship) is 5mg. It should not go  above this dosage, but lowering it to 2.5mg is acceptable.

Patients should NOT under any circumstances be altering their tablets to match perceived dosage strengths, with the exception of breaking a 20mg or 5 mg tablet in half for 10 or 2.5mg dosages. Speak with your physician regarding this if you need further clarification on this.

Risks / Side Effects

  • Before beginning with Cialis, you should make your physician aware if any of the following apply to you:
  • Heart problems (angina / cardiac failure / irregular heartbeat)
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Previous stroke or heart attack
  • Liver or kidney problems
  • Previous need for kidney dialysis
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Severe vision loss
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Peyronie’s disease or a previous erection lasting 4 hours or more
  • Blood cell conditions like sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, or leukemia

Side effects may also come with Cialis, and being aware of them may help you in deciding if this medication is for you. They include:

  • Vision changes or vision loss (including impaired color perception most notably)
  • Hearing changes or hearing loss
  • Chest pains and / or pains spreading to the arms or shoulders
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen hands or feet
  • Seizures
  • Light-headedness or fainting
  • An erection that won’t subside after more than 4 hours (priapism)

Drug Interactions

Cialis has the potential for negative interactions with the following classes of pharmaceutical drugs. Speak with your doctor is you are on any of them currently and thinking of starting Cialis. They are:

  • Nitrates
  • Alpha-Blockers
  • CYP3A4 Inhibitors (like ketoconazole or ritonavir)

Hopefully some or all of the information provided here today will be of assistance in helping you decide if you’d like to look into Cialis further as a solution to erectile dysfunction.