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What is Cialis?

Cialis is an FDA approved medication that is taken as needed to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) in men.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction, also known as ED, is a condition a man experiences when he is not able to achieve or maintain an erection.

How does Cialis work?

When it comes to erectile dysfunction in men, blood flow issues are the most common cause. Cialis treats ED by targeting the chemicals in the brain that relax the penis muscles in order to allow for adequate blood flow. When these muscles are relaxed and no longer constricted, the proper amount of blood can move into the penis in order to achieve and sustain an erection for sexual intercourse.

How do I take Cialis?

Cialis is only taken as needed, and never more than once in 24 hours. Cialis is a pill that is swallowed whole with a glass of water shortly before you would like to engage in sexual activity. The effects of Cialis will often begin within 15 to 30 minutes of taking the pill. Do not crush or chew Cialis, as this will alter its effects in your blood stream and Cialis may not work properly if not taken as directed.

Does Cialis have any side effects?

As with any medication, Cialis is a medication that does have some side effects. Side effects with Cialis are generally mild and well tolerated. The most commonly reported effects with Cialis are headache, flushing, stuffy nose, indigestion, and back or muscle pain. Side effects are reported in less than 5% of patients. Patients who experience muscle or back pain usually experience these effects within 12 to 24 hours of taking the medication and this goes away on its own within 48 hours. Blurred vision or sudden vision loss is a more serious side effect of Cialis. If you experience serious side effects when taking Cialis, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Will my medical history prevent me from taking Cialis?

Always talk to your doctor and discuss your medical history thoroughly before trying any new medication. Erectile dysfunction can sometimes be caused by underlying health conditions, and Cialis should be taken under a doctor's care. Cialis however is a very well tolerated medication and is very safe to take by many men. Talk to your doctor if you have diabetes or a family history of cardiovascular troubles, high blood pressure, or a family history of stroke or heart attacks.

Will Cialis interfere with other medication?

Do not take Cialis if you are also taking nitrate medication or alpha blockers as this will interfere with your blood pressure. Do not take Cialis in combination with other medications for erectile dysfunction. Always talk to your doctor or health care provider about starting new medication if you are already taking medication for a health condition.