Tadalafil (brand name Cialis) is a treatment for erectile dysfunction. It works in combination with sexual stimulation to help men achieve and maintain an erection for long enough to engage in sexual activity.
Tadalafil is a type of medicine called a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor and works by relaxing blood vessels and increasing blood flow to the penis. When a man is sexually aroused, this helps him to achieve and maintain an erection.
Tadalafil is effective in 60-70% of people who use it and is popular for its longer duration of action. However, it is not uncommon to try several different types of ED medication before finding one that suits you, so speak to your doctor if you feel that Tadalafil is not working for you.
ED often has a psychological cause, such as anxiety or depression, in which case counselling is an effective treatment. This can take some time, and Tadalafil is suitable for use to treat ED in the meantime. However, it is important to be aware that this may mask the issue and counselling should nevertheless be pursued for effective, long-term results.
The active ingredient in Tadalafil is tadalafil.
The inactive ingredients in Tadalafil are lactose monohydrate, croscarmellose sodium, hypromellose, cellulose microcrystalline, sorbitan stearate, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide (E171), triacetin, talc, and iron oxide yellow (E172).
Please Note: Generic Tadalafil is made by a range of different manufacturers and may contain different ingredients than those listed here.
When taking Tadalafil for the first time, you should take it 1 to 2 hours before sexual activity. Once you become familiar with the treatment, you can adjust the dose and activation time accordingly.
Always take Tadalafil as instructed by a doctor or pharmacist. Swallow one tablet of Tadalafil with water at least 30 minutes before sexual activity. Tadalafil may remain effective for up to 36 hours after taking the tablet.
The recommended starting dose for Cialis is 10 mg taken at least 30 minutes before sexual activity. If you feel this dose is too weak, your doctor may increase it to 20 mg.
Tadalafil should be taken at least 30 minutes before engaging in sexual activity in order to enhance your ability to achieve and maintain an erection.
Like all medications, Tadalafil can cause side effects in some patients. If you experience any of the following rare but serious side effects, stop taking Tadalafil and seek immediate medical care:
Common side effects, affecting up to 1 in 10 people, include:
Uncommon side effects can affect up to 1 in 100 people and include:
Rarely (1 in 1 000 cases) the following side effects may occur:
Dizziness has been reported as a side effect in men over the age of 75 taking Tadalafil and diarrhoea has been reported in men over the age of 65.
Do NOT take Tadalafil if:
Take particular care with Tadalafil and inform your doctor if:
Do NOT take Tadalafil with:
Before taking Tadalafil, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medications, including those purchased over the counter without a prescription. In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking:
Tadalafil can cause dizziness in some men and you should avoid drinking alcohol in excess during treatment. Alcohol can contribute to problems with sexual performance, so it is best to limit your alcohol intake to experience the full effects of this medication.
Tadalafil can cause dizziness in some users. If this affects you, avoid driving or using heavy machinery.
The root cause of erectile dysfunction is often psychological. Finding ways to reduce stress in your life can be extremely beneficial, as can maintaining a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly. Anxiety may also contribute to the problem and can be further exacerbated by difficulties with sexual performance. Being open with your partner about your anxieties can often help you to relax. For advice on dealing with anxiety or depression, speak to a doctor or nurse.
Tadalafil is the generic name for the branded drug Cialis. Both contain the active ingredient tadalafil and work in exactly the same way, although the generic version is significantly cheaper.
Tadalafil (brand name Cialis) is designed for one-time or occasional use and should not be taken daily. Cialis Daily contains a lower dose of tadalafil and is taken on a daily basis for long-term results.
Prescription treatments for ED in the UK are all PDE-5 inhibitors. The earliest and most popular treatment for ED is Sildenafil (Viagra), which is also available over the counter at a low dose in the form of Viagra Connect. Since Viagra was first approved in 1998, other ED treatments have been developed, including Vardenafil (Levitra) and Tadalafil (Cialis). Cialis stands out for its long action time of up to 36 hours, while Cialis Daily can be taken once a day for continuous, long-term treatment. The most recent treatment to be developed is Avanafil (Spendra) which is fast-acting and can take effect in as little at 15 minutes.
Different ED treatments are better suited to different people, and it is not uncommon to try a few different treatments to begin with. If Tadalafil is not working for you, speak to your doctor about alternative treatments.
Tadalafil is not a cure for ED, the root cause of which is often psychological. but can help to relieve the stress and worry associated with performance issues.
Tadalafil only works in combination with sexual stimulation, helping men achieve and maintain an erection when aroused. A very rare side effect is a prolonged and sometimes painful erection (priapism). If you experience this, stop taking Tadalafil and seek medical attention.
Tadalafil can have a lowering effect on blood pressure. This is not an issue for most men, but you should alert your doctor if you are already taking another blood pressure-lowering medication.
Tadalafil can be used to treat an enlarged prostate by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and bladder, relieving symptoms and easing difficulties urinating.
Over the counter treatment
Works in 15-30 minutes
Effective for up to 5 hours
Effective for up to 4 hours
For daily or intermittent use
Sildenafil, Tadalafil, Vardenafil