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How does Tadalafil work?
Tadalafil works in a very similar way as other erectile dysfunction medications. When you get an erection, the blood within your penis increases, which makes it harden. In men who have erection problems, the blood within the penis is usually reduced.
Tadalafil acts on your blood vessels and widens them. As a result, the blood flow to the penis is improved and you will find it easier to get an erection. Unlike Viagra, Spedra and Levitra, the effect of Tadalafil does not only last for four hours but 36 hours.
Tadalafil is the generic version of another erectile dysfunction medication called Cialis. Cialis is the branded version but both medications contain the same active ingredient, tadalafil citrate, and they work exactly the same. Some people call Cialis a weekend pill because it remains effective for more than one day.
How to take Tadalafil tablets
You need to get a prescription for Tadalafil. Your doctor can advise you on the dosage you need. Tadalafil is available in dosages of 5, 10 and 20mg. The 5mg dosage is for men who would like to take a small dose on a daily basis.
Always take your Tadalafil tablets exactly as you have been advised. You need to take the tablet at least 30 minutes before you are planning to have sex. The tablet only gives you an erection if you are sexually stimulated. You will not get an erection if you are not sexually aroused.
Swallow the tablet whole with a drink of water. You can take it with or without food. Do not drink an excessive amount of alcohol while taking the medication, as this increases your risk of side effects such as dizziness when you stand up.
You should avoid drinking grapefruit juice while you are using the drug as it may affect how well tadalafil works.
Who can take Tadalafil?
Your doctor or online doctor will check whether you can take tadalafil when you request your prescription. Men who suffer from certain medical conditions or who take medications which affect the drug will not be able to take it.
Make sure you tell your prescribing doctor about any medication you are currently taking, as well as any illnesses affecting your health.
You mustn’t take Tadalafil if you:
- Have ever had NAION (a condition which causes loss of vision)
- Are taking a medication that is in the nitrate family
- Suffer from a heart disease
- Have had a heart attack or stroke in the past six months
- Have low blood pressure levels
- Have uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Are allergic to any ingredient in the tablets
Tell your doctor if you suffer from any of the following:
- Multiple myeloma
- Sickle cell anaemia
- Any penis deformation
- A liver problem
- A kidney problem
Or if you:
- Have recently undergone pelvic surgery
- Had your prostate or part of it removed
Side effects of Tadalafil
Stop taking the tablets and see a doctor immediately if you experience:
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as wheezing, difficulty breathing, rash or swellings
- Chest pain
- A prolonged or painful erection
- Sudden loss of vision
Common side effects
- Back and muscle ache
- Pain in your limbs
- Nasal congestion