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Is Tadalafil the best solution for my ED?

Posted 19 December 2017 in Erectile Dysfunction, Men's Health, Sexual Health

Genuine Erectile Dysfunction treatment from a UK regulated Pharmacy. Free, discreet, next day delivery in a 1 hour time slot.Cialis has become popular as an erectile dysfunction (ED) prescription medication as it is effective for 36 hours. All other medications, Viagra, Sildenafil, Levitra and Spedra are active for 4-6 hours.

Cialis is the brand name for the medication created by Eli Lilly in 2003. The active ingredient in Cialis is Tadalafil and the composition couldn’t be recreated, by law, until Eli Lilly’s production patent ended on 14th November 2017. Now it can be produced and distributed by other drug manufacturers, in the generic form of Tadalafil.

Generic forms of any medication are medically identical to the branded originals and are quality controlled to the same standards as the brand name versions; they are just as safe and effective but generally cost much less.

Tadalafil on demand is known as “the weekend pill” as, due to it's 36 hour duration of action, it can be taken on a Friday night and still be active on Sunday morning.

There is also a low dose tadalafil option taken on a daily basis, called Tadalafil daily, so you don’t have to plan ahead and can be ready for action “anytime, anyplace, anywhere”.

Cialis (tadalafil) has been licensed in the UK for over a decade. It was the third erectile dysfunction (ED) prescription medication of its type to receive a UK license, after Viagra and Levitra.  Its prolonged duration of action and the option to take a low dose daily tablet have led to Cialis(tadalafil) becoming increasingly popular and being more widely prescribed.

How does tadalafil work?

Erections are primarily achieved through blood flow.Tadalafil works by helping to relax the blood vessels in your penis and the erectile tissue itself, allowing blood to flow into your penis when you get sexually excited. It does not have an effect on your sexual desire but can greatly improve your erection when you become sexually aroused.

Is tadalafil more effective than sildenafil (generic Viagra)?

Both medications have a high success rate, helping the majority of men to regain control over their erection and have an improved sex life. Clinical trials have indicated that both are equally effective.

Does tadalafil have fewer side effects than sildenafil?

As both drugs work in the same way, they share many of the same side effects. These include facial flushing, headaches and indigestion.  However, sildenafil has an effect on your vision that doesn’t seem to affect users of tadalafil to the same extent, as it may produce a green-blue visual tinge.  Headaches also occur more commonly with sildenafil but may last longer with tadalafil.  Any side-effects experienced may last longer with tadalafil.

Is tadalafil a safe medication?

Generally, tadalafil is a safe drug but is not recommended to be taken if you have certain conditions or are taking specific medications that might interact with tadalafil. This is the same for all other phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors like Spedra, Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and sildenafil.

Sildenafil and tadalafil should not be taken by men who take medicines or recreational drugs containing nitrates.

Nitrates interact very adversely with all phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors like Spedra, Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and sildenafil. They can cause a FATAL lowering of blood pressure and should NEVER be used together.

Nitrates include medications like GTN spray, isosorbide mononitrate, nitrate patches, gel or ointment and nicorandil. These are usually prescribed for heart conditions. If you take nitrates you should consult your GP for other options for your ED. Also, the recreational drugs called "poppers" should be avoided.

Tadalafil should not be taken by men who are on medicines called alpha blockers which are sometimes used to treat prostate problems or high blood pressure. Men who take alpha blockers can use Viagra, sildenafil, Levitra or Spedra but must allow at least a six hour gap between taking the alpha blocker and the ED medication.

There is a full list of the contra-indications and interactions on the website and on the medical questionnaire that is sent to our doctor for approval.

Can I drink alcohol with tadalafil?

Having just one or two drinks is unlikely to affect tadalafil (or any other similar ED medication) or cause any health risks. However, if you drink excessively while taking tadalafil you may experience some adverse effects and not achieve as firm an erection.

The main problem you may experience by drinking too much alcohol while you take tadalafil is orthostatic hypotension. This can cause a headache, dizziness, and fainting, which can lead to you injuring yourself. Hypotension may also make your heart beat at a faster rate which can lead to severe heart problems.

This effect can occur because tadalafil and alcohol both act as vasodilators. Vasodilators are substances that lower your blood pressure by relaxing the walls of your blood vessels, which allow the blood vessels to open wider.

Orthostatic hypotension can be even more likely with tadalafil than with the other erectile dysfunction drugs as it stays in your system longer than the other ED drugs.

Does tadalafil have any advantages over other ED medications of a similar type?

The main differences between tadalafil and other ED medications of a similar type is three-fold.

1) Tadalafil’s long duration of action - 36 hours. Where other Ed products only last for 4 to 6 hours.

2)  Low dose tadalafil can be taken on a daily basis, called Tadalafil Daily, so that you don’t have to plan ahead and can be ready for any sexual activity at any time.

3) It's not affected by food.


Tadalafil is unique in that it can either be taken when required or on a daily basis so that no planning ahead is needed and enables spontaneity. It’s also not affected by food and since it’s now off patent it can be bought at a much lower price than Cialis.

Due to all of these advantages, tadalafil will probably knock sildenafil off the number one spot as the drug of choice for men with erectile dysfunction.

Medically reviewed by: Superintendent Pharmacist Margaret Hudson BSc(Hons)MRPharmS 19/12/17

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