Cialis (Tadalafil) for ED Treatment

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition in which a man experiences difficulty attaining and maintaining an erection that is firm enough for sex. It is also referred to as impotence. One of the clinically proven ED treatments available in Australia is Cialis. Because Cialis and its generic counterpart Tadalafil are prescription medications, it’s important to understand how it works and how to best use it for your needs.

What is Cialis?

Cialis is the brand name for the generic drug Tadalafil. They belong to a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors that are commonly prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction in adult men of all ages. Both Cialis and Tadalafil are available in varying dosages, from 5 mg to 20 mg. Based on your medical history and symptoms, doctors may choose to prescribe different dosages to suit your needs.

What is the difference between Cialis and Tadalafil?

Tadalafil is the generic version of the brand name ED drug Cialis. It is the active ingredient in Cialis that helps treat erectile dysfunction. From a medical perspective, Tadalafil and Cialis work in the same way and are effective treatments for ED. The difference between Cialis and Tadalafil could be in the shape of the tablet as well as cost. Generic medications like Tadalafil tend to be cheaper than their brand name counterparts. 

How does Cialis work?

Like other ED medications, Cialis and Tadalafil only work when you are sexually aroused. When a man is aroused, the brain sends messages to the penis that release chemicals. One of these chemicals is called cyclic GMP. It relaxes and widens the blood vessels in the penis and the muscles in the erectile tissue, allowing blood to flow and cause an erection. 

Erections go away when PDE5 enzymes break down the cyclic GMP chemicals in the penis. That’s why PDE5 inhibitors like Cialis and Tadalafil help treat erectile dysfunction - they inhibit or block PDE5 enzymes from taking action and reducing erections.

How long does Cialis take to work?

Cialis takes up to 2 hours to take effect, so it is recommended to take Cialis or Tadalafil 2 hours before sex. You can take it with or without food. It’s important to note that sexual arousal is required in order for Cialis and Tadalafil to work; these drugs will not treat erectile dysfunction if you are not aroused. 

Cialis and Tadalafil stay in your bloodstream for up to 36 hours, which is why some patients prefer it to Viagra or Sildenafil. The drug can remain active in your system for 36 hours, allowing for more spontaneous sexual activity without having to take the pill again. This doesn’t mean that you will have an erection for 36 hours; it means that you may be able to achieve an erection throughout the 36 hour time period. How long the medication lasts depends on the dose, other medications you may be taking and your general health and age. 

Side effects of Cialis and Tadalafil

Like all medications, there are potential side effects of Cialis and Tadalafil. The most common side effects include:
- Back and muscle pain
- Diarrhea
- Nausea
- Headache
- Flushing

Serious side effects are not common, but can occur. Call 000 if you experience any of the following: 
-
Sudden decrease or loss of vision in one or both eyes
- Sudden decrease or loss of hearing
- Allergic reaction
- Priapism (long-lasting and sometimes painful erection)
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Dizziness
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat

Cialis compared to other ED treatments

Because Cialis stays in your bloodstream for up to 36 hours, compared to 4 to 5 hours for Viagra, some men prefer it to other ED medications. Cialis and Tadalafil can continue to help achieve erections during the 36 hour time period that the drug remains active in your system, even after your first erection is over. 

Viagra and Levitra are commonly prescribed ED medications that both stay in the bloodstream for about 4 to 5 hours. Their effectiveness can be impacted by eating heavy or fatty meals shortly before consumption, so it’s advised to wait at least 2 to 3 hours after heavy meals before taking Viagra or Levitra. 

Spedra is another PDE5 inhibitor prescribed to help treat ED. It can take effect as quickly as 20 minutes after taking the pill, so it’s recommended to take Spedra about 30 minutes before sex. It’s possible to see faster results with Spedra if taken on an empty stomach.

Is Cialis safe? 

Yes, Cialis and Tadalafil are both safe to use to treat erectile dysfunction. However, they may not be suitable for men with a history of heart disease, stroke, vision loss, liver disease, kidney disease or high or low blood pressure, or men who are currently taking nitrites. It is important to disclose as much accurate medical information as possible to your doctor to assist them in providing the most appropriate treatment options for you. 

Depending on your medical history, symptoms and needs, your doctor will prescribe an appropriate erectile dysfunction treatment. Like all medications, there are potential side effects to be aware of. Always use your prescription medication exactly as prescribed and contact your doctor if you’re experiencing any issues.

Now you can get authentic, clinically proven ED treatments online through Rosemary. Online assessments are 100% confidential and take about 5 minutes to complete. Start your visit with an online doctor for ED treatment today.

References:

Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management (December 2008) - Tadalafil in the treatment of erectile dysfunction
BMC Urology (November 2015) - Tadalafil 5 mg once daily for the treatment of erectile dysfunction during a 6-month observational study (EDATE): impact of patient characteristics and comorbidities
International Urology and Nephrology (July 2017) - Direct comparison of tadalafil with sildenafil for the treatment of erectile dysfunction: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Clinical Interventions in Aging (December 2006) - Tadalafil in the treatment of erectile dysfunction; an overview of the clinical evidence

ARTG Registered Medications:

Product CIALIS tadalafil 5 mg tablet blister pack is registered in the ARTG, AUST R, Product CIALIS tadalafil 20mg tablet blister pack is registered in the ARTG, AUST R, Product CIALIS tadalafil 10mg tablet blister pack is registered in the ARTG, AUST R, Product NOUMED TADALAFIL tadalafil 20 mg film-coated tablet blister pack is registered in the ARTG, AUST R, Product ADIRAMED TADALAFIL tadalafil 20 mg film-coated tablet blister pack is registered in the ARTG, AUST R, Product ADIRA TADALAFIL tadalafil 20 mg film-coated tablet blister pack is registered in the ARTG, AUST R, Product ADIRAMED TADALAFIL tadalafil 10 mg film-coated tablet blister pack is registered in the ARTG, AUST R, Product NOUMED TADALAFIL tadalafil 10 mg film-coated tablet blister pack is registered in the ARTG, AUST R, Product ADIRA TADALAFIL tadalafil 10 mg film-coated tablet blister pack is registered in the ARTG, AUST R, Product TADALAFIL LUPIN tadalafil 20 mg film-coated tablet blister pack is registered in the ARTG, AUST R, Product ADIRAMEDICA TADALAFIL tadalafil 20 mg film-coated tablet blister pack is registered in the ARTG, AUST R

Ready for an online assessment today?

Start assessment