Cialis (Tadalafil) is one of the most popular and effective pharmacotherapies available to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) and Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Cialis demonstrates a strong therapeutic effect and extraordinary rapid action. The effects of this medication may last for up to 36 hours.

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Dosage: 20 mg / 10 mg / 5 mg


For men, erectile dysfunction, otherwise known as impotence, is a condition affecting approximately half of the global adult population aged eighteen to sixty-five. In addition to significantly affecting the health of men, relationships with women are negatively influenced by ED.

Once Cialis is taken and is presented with sexual stimulation, blood vessels within the penis dilate, and it becomes erect. Tissues within the penis become more relaxed allowing more blood flow to occur and this leads to achieving a powerful erection.

What is Tadalafil?

Cialis is also widely recognized as Tadalafil, which is its generic name. The main active ingredient in Cialis is indeed tadalafil citrate. Although Tadalafil is sold at a significantly cheaper price compared with Cialis, the effectiveness of generic Cialis is not comparable with the brand name drug.


Prior to using Cialis, it is recommended to note what dosages are available since this highly influences the effectiveness of this medication. Cialis is dispensed in three different dosage strengths: 5 mg, 10 mg, or 20 mg pills. The recommended dose is dependent on patient condition and severity of impotence.

In all cases, it is of the utmost importance to always follow prescription guidelines provided by a doctor to avoid an overdose and other undesirable side effects.

An initial dose of Cialis is recommended at 10 mg, which may be later increased or decreased depending on the sensitivity to the medication. For men demonstrating severe impotence and need a more powerful treatment, doctors may prescribe Cialis in 20 mg doses.

How to take Cialis

Cialis should only be taken when needed. As a general guideline, it is recommended that patients take one pill of Cialis approximately half an hour before sexual intercourse. However, Cialis should not be taken more than once per day. When taking Cialis, pills should not be split, crushed, or chewed, but should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.

Cialis can be taken with or without food.

The effects of Cialis can remain active within the system for up to thirty-six hours! This is why it is recommended that not more than one pill of Cialis should be taken per day.

Cialis and alcohol

In general, drinking moderate quantities of alcohol when taking Cialis won’t cause any problems. However, excessive drinking (such as five shots of vodka or a bottle of wine) may lead to some serious side effects. Read more about alcohol consumption combined with Cialis.

Common side effects

Consistent with all medications meant for treating ED, use of Cialis is associated with the potential for side effects to occur. The most common side effects that may occur include dizziness, impairment of senses, and fatigue.

If these side effects appear when taking Cialis they typically can be expected to disappear within a few hours. However, these side effects can be extremely dangerous for drivers or those who perform physical, mental, or dangerous activities. Such activities should be avoided after taking Cialis.

Sexual stimulation is key

All PDE5 inhibitor acting drugs (Cialis vs Viagra comparison), require sexual stimulation for them to take effect. Because these medications will not work alone, it is important to communicate with a sexual partner of the need for sexual stimulation for the effects of Cialis to begin working. Thus, it is important to take Cialis before the start of sexual stimulation. If Cialis is not taken before sexual activity, it will not work, and no amount of stimulation will help after the fact!

Cialis for women

Although Cialis is designed to be used by men, there is a version available for women that is prescribed for treating female sexual arousal disorder. This is a condition in which a woman cannot become aroused or maintain arousal, and is equivalent to impotence in men.

For women, Cialis relaxes muscles of the vagina, helps with relaxation, and allows women to have satisfying sexual intercourse.

Cialis demonstrates a faster rate of action in women compared with men. Therefore, for women, Cialis can be taken in as short of time as 15 minutes before having sex. The active ingredient in Cialis will begin to work at top strength in as short as half an hour after consumption.