Cialis

Cialis Medication Information:

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What is Cialis

Cialis is an orally consumed pill used for treating erectile dysfunction (ED). Cialis was approved by the FDA in December 2003 and is marketed by Eli Lilly and Company.

How does Cialis Work

Cialis, a PDE5 inhibitor, is a prescription pill marketed to treat erectile dysfunction. It also has been approved to help treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and other conditions. Cialis differs from other erectile dysfunction drugs because it is the only prescription drug which is marketed as only being needed to take once daily. The effects are marketed as lasting for up to 36 hours, which has given Cialis the nickname of "The Weekend Pill." Prior to approval, Cialis went through various clinical trials in which over 15,000 men participated. After proven success, Cialis was approved by the FDA in December 2003. Cialis is recommended only for men who are suffering from ED.

When should Cialis be taken?

Cialis is an orally administered tablet, which should only be taken after consultation with a doctor. Cialis should be taken prior to sexual activity, although the effects of Cialis can remain in effect for up to 36 hours. Cialis should not be taken more than once per day, and the dosage taken should adhere to the patient's prescription. Cialis may be taken without regard to eating food, and can be taken at any time of the day. To prevent developing a dependency on Cialis, a patient should avoid usage if there is no chance of sexual activity taking place within the next 36 hours. If Cialis was prescribed for a reason other than to help with ED, then instruction of when to take it will be different.

Side Effects

To date, Cialis has been used by over 8 million men world wide, which includes the 15,000 who participated in the clinical trials. The most common side effects are headaches, indigestions, muscle aches, facial flushing, back pain, and runny noses. Most of these side effects are due to blood vessels widening termporarily after taking Cialis. These symptoms normally go away 12 to 24 hours after taking the pill, and seem to be less of an issue in me who continue to take Cialis.

Cialis may cause a decrease in blood pressure which can cause dizziness, fainting, a heart attach or stroke.

Other more serious side effects include sudden vision or hearing loss, although the direct cause and effect of Cialis and these side effects is not known for sure.

Other Brand Names

Cialis's medical name is tadalfil, and is not presently sold under any other trade names. There two other FDA approved erectile dysfunction drugs available. They are as follows:

  • Viagra - Medical name is sildenafil citrate
  • Levitra - Medical name is vardenafil

Safety Information:

Prior to taking Cialis, be sure to check with your doctor. Cialis should not be taken without a prescription. Do not take Cialis if you are taking medications which contain nitrates. Nitrates are typically included in medications which are used to treat the heart disease symptom, angina. Some recreational drugs, commonly referred to as "poppers," contain nitrates as well.

If you are experiencing dizziness or nausea during sexual activity, be sure to stop immediately. Since both Cialis and sexual activity can put excess strain on your heart, dizziness could precede a more serious heart attack.

Keep in mind that Cialis does not protect men from contracting a sexually transmitted disease or help prevent pregnancy

Dosage:

The recommended initial dosage for most patients is 10 milligrams, to be take prior to sexual activity. Based on the effect of each individual, the dosage may be increased to 20 milligrams or decreased to 5 milligrams.

Visual Description:

Cialis tablets come in 2 and a half milligram, 5 milligram, 10 milligram, and 20 milligram doses. All three of the tablets are yellow, almond shaped and film coated.

Cialis will come in one of two forms of packaging. The first is a green and white box which says "Cialis" in thin dark lettering. The other is a standard plastic bottle, similar to that of a bottle of asprin, which comes with a child proof top. It is also green and white with "Cialis" written on it.

About Cialis

What Cialis is used for

CIALIS is used for treatment of erectile dysfunction in men. This is when a man cannot get, or keep a hard, erect penis suitable for sexual activity.

What Cialis does

CIALIS belongs to a group of medicines called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors. Following sexual stimulation CIALIS works by helping the blood vessels in your penis to relax, allowing the flow of blood into your penis. This results in improved erectile function.

It is important to note that CIALIS works only with sexual stimulation. CIALIS alone does not increase sexual desire.

CIALIS will not affect your fertility.

CIALIS does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STD's), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

When Cialis should not be used

Do not take CIALIS:

  • If you are taking any medicines that contain nitrates in any form (oral, sublingual [under the tongue], skin-patch, or by inhalation). Similarly, nitrates must never be used by men who take CIALIS. Nitrates are found in many prescription medicines used in the treatment of angina pectoris (chest pain due to heart disease), such as nitroglycerin, isosorbide mononitrate, or isosorbide dinitrate. If nitrates have previously been prescribed to you, even though you may not have used them, or are unsure, tell your doctor.

    If you take CIALIS with any nitrate-containing medicines or any other nitrates (e.g., amyl nitrite “poppers”), your blood pressure could suddenly drop to a life-threatening level. You could get dizzy, faint, or even have a heart attack or stroke.

  • Do not take CIALIS if you have had an allergic reaction in the past to tadalafil or any of the other ingredients in CIALIS listed below.

What the medicinal ingredient is

Tadalafil

What the nonmedicinal ingredients for Cialis are

The other ingredients are: croscarmellose sodium, hydroxypropylcellulose, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, iron oxide, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium lauryl sulfate, talc, titanium dioxide and triacetin.

What dosage forms Cialis comes in

CIALIS comes as yellow or yellow-orange film-coated tablets. They are in the shape of almonds and have “C2½”, “C5”, “C10”, or “C20” marked on one side. The active substance is tadalafil. Each tablet of CIALIS contains 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg or 20 mg of tadalafil.


Warnings and Precautions

Before taking CIALIS talk to your doctor if you

have or had any of the following conditions:

  • Heart disease or previously had a heart attack: Sexual activity carries a possible risk to patients with heart disease because it puts extra strain on your heart. Before you start any treatment for erectile dysfunction, ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough to handle the extra strain of having sex. If you have chest pains, dizziness or nausea during sex, stop exerting yourself and tell your doctor you have had this problem.

  • Stroke.

  • Low blood pressure or uncontrolled high blood pressure.

  • Liver or kidney problem.

  • Sickle cell anemia (an abnormality of red blood cells), multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow), or leukemia (cancer of the blood cells).

  • Peptic ulcer or other bleeding disorders.

  • Deformation of the penis.

  • Ever had severe loss of vision, including a condition called Non-Arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION). The specific type of vision decrease or loss known as NAION has been reported rarely after the intake of CIALIS or other PDE5 inhibitors. Vision decrease or loss may be partial or complete, in one or very occasionally in both eyes. While in some cases the condition may improve over time, it can also be irreversible. If you are taking CIALIS and experience temporary or permanent loss or change in vision, stop taking CIALIS and call your doctor.

Only your doctor can decide if CIALIS is right for you. You will need to have a physical examination to diagnose your erectile dysfunction and to find out if you can take CIALIS alone or with your other medicines.

Long-term studies have shown that CIALIS therapy may decrease sperm concentration in some men. The relevance of this effect on fertility in men is unknown.

Sexually transmitted diseases

CIALIS offers no protection against sexually transmitted diseases including Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) AIDS.

Use in women or children

CIALIS is not intended for use by women or by children under the age of 18.

Information for men intolerant of lactose, one of the ingredients for Cialis of CIALIS

CIALIS contains a small amount of lactose (about 250 mg), which is unlikely to affect you.


Interactions With Cialis

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicine, including the medicine you can buy without prescription and natural health products.

Drugs that may interact with CIALIS include:

  • nitrates (see previous section)

  • rifampin (an antibacterial product used against tuberculosis)

  • ketoconazole or itraconazole (used against fungal infections)

  • erythromycin (an antibacterial product)

  • protease inhibitors such as ritonavir and saquinavir (HIV treatments)

Tell your doctor if you are taking:

  • medicines to treat high blood pressure

  • alpha-blockers (such as doxazosin) for the treatment of prostate problems.

The combination of these medicines with CIALIS may add to the blood-pressure-lowering effect of these drugs.

You should not use CIALIS together with any other treatments for erectile dysfunction.


Proper Use of Cialis

This medicine has been prescribed for you personally and you should not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.

How To Take Cialis

Always take CIALIS exactly as your doctor has instructed you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure.

CIALIS tablets are for oral use. Swallow the tablet whole, with some water.

You may take CIALIS with or without food.

CIALIS for “On-Demand” Dosing: The recommended dose is one tablet (20 mg) before sexual activity, as needed. You should NOT take more than the prescribed dose of one CIALIS 10 mg or 20 mg tablet per day. The 10 mg and 20 mg doses are not recommended for continuous daily use.

You can engage in sexual activity within 30 minutes of taking the tablet and up to 36 hours later. The amount of time CIALIS takes to work varies from person to person. After you have taken CIALIS, you may wish to attempt sex at different times, to decide what the best time range is for you and your partner.

CIALIS for Once-a-Day Use: Your doctor may recommend that you take one tablet of CIALIS (5 mg or 2.5 mg) every day, at approximately the same time each day, regardless of when you are planning to have sex.

Alcohol consumption may decrease the ability to attain an erection and may also temporarily decrease blood pressure.

You should not take a higher dose than the one which your doctor prescribed for you.

Overdose

If you take more CIALIS than you should: Tell your doctor.


Side Effects for Cialis and What to Do About Them

Like all medicines, CIALIS can have some side-effects. These effects are usually mild to moderate in nature.

The most common side effects are headache (11%) and indigestion (7%). Less commonly reported side effects are back pain (4%), muscle aches (4%), nasal congestion (4%), and facial flushing (4%). Swelling of the eyelids, eye pain, conjunctival hyperemia (red eyes) and dizziness are uncommon effects.

If you have any of these side-effects and they are troublesome, severe, or do not go away, tell your doctor.

Allergic reactions (including skin rashes) could occur.

In rare instances it is possible that a prolonged and possibly painful erection may occur after taking CIALIS.

If you have such an erection which lasts continuously for more than 4 hours, you should contact a doctor immediately. If this is not treated immediately, permanent penile tissue damage and erectile dysfunction may result.

Sudden decrease or loss of vision has occurred rarely after the use of oral erectile dysfunction medications, including CIALIS. It has not been established whether the loss of vision is related directly to the use of PDE5 inhibitors or other factors. People who have previously experienced a type of vision loss called Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION) may be at an increased risk of reoccurrence of NAION. If you experience reduction or loss of vision in one or both eyes, stop taking CIALIS and call your doctor.

In case of chest pain occurring during or after sexual activity you should NOT use nitrates but you should seek immediate medical assistance.

If you notice any side effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Side Effects, How Often They Happen and What to Do About Them
Symptom/Effect Talk with your doctor or pharmacist Stop taking drug and call your doctor or pharmacist
Only if severe In all cases
Common
Headache    
Indigestion    
Back Pain    
Muscle Aches    
Nasal Congestion    
Facial Flushing    
Uncommon
Swelling of Eyelids    
Eye Pain    
Red Eyes    
Dizziness    
Allergic Reaction    
Prolonged Erection    
Chest Pain    

This is not a complete list of side effects. For any unexpected effects while taking CIALIS, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Cialis Facts

The drug CIALIS is manufactured and distributed by Eli Lilly and Company.

In clinical trials for CIALIS, more than 6,550 men were evaluated throughout the world.

More than one thousand male subjects were treated with CIALIS for one year during clinical trials.

CIALIS obtained its first approval from the FDA on November 21, 2003.

 

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