Cialis FAQ

What is Cialis? Cialis is a prescription drug that is taken orally by men who are suffering from erectile dysfunction. In other words, men who have difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse.

How is Cialis different from other approved products for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, such as Viagra and Levitra?

Cialis stays in the body longer and so its effects last longer – in the region of 36 hours. It also works a little quicker after the dose is taken.

How is Cialis taken?

Not more than one tablet a day should be taken before sexual activity. For men who have regular sex, the new Cialis once a day tablet may prove to be more convenient than the classic Cialis 36 hour tablet.

What dose of Cialis is appropriate?

Cialis is available in tablets of the following strengths: 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg and 20mg. The recommended dose for the majority of men is 10mg to be taken before sexual activity. However, in men for whom 10mg does not provide an adequate response, the dose can be increased to 20mg. The drug at these dosage levels is not considered appropriate for continuous daily use.

For men who anticipate regular sexual activity (i.e. at least twice a week), a once a day dose of Cialis may be considered to be appropriate. In these patients, a dose of 5mg can be taken once a day, at about the same time every day. In certain patients, this can be reduced to 2.5mg a day.

The higher doses of Cialis are marketed as Cialis, or Cialis 36 hour. The lower doses of Cialis are marketed as Cialis once a day.

What are the most common side effects?

Usually, side effects are mild and include headaches, indigestion, muscle and / or back pain, a blocked nose and facial redness. More serious side effects are rare and are detailed in the side effects section of this site, and can include changes in vision.

How should this drug be stored?

It should be stored in a cool dry place out of the reach of children and in its original labelled container or packet. Discard any medication that has passed its use by date.

Is there anything else I should know?

Cialis can cause your blood pressure to drop to an unsafe, possibly lethal, level if it is taken in conjunction with any medicine containing nitrates (typically used to treat chest pain caused by angina) or any alpha blocker other than FLOMAX 0.4mg daily (typically alpha blockers are used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia or high blood pressure). It is vitally important that you inform your doctor about any medicines that you are taking before Cialis is prescribed for you. You should also not take Cialis in conjunction with any other treatment for erectile dysfunction.

Cialis is not recommended for patients who have recently suffered heart attacks, heart failure or angina, have uncontrolled high or low blood pressure, problems with the retina or severe liver disease.

Is it available on private prescription?

Yes.