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What is Cialis?
Cialis (also known as tadalafil for its active ingredient) was initially developed as a drug to help relieve the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (weak flow or frequent urination) by relaxing the smooth muscle in the prostate and the bladder. It also helps promote blood flow to the penis resulting in erections.
The main difference between Cialis and other erectile dysfunction treatments is in its half-life. The duration of the effect of Cialis is longer than with other medications. Viagra (sildenafil) lasts for about four hours, whilst Levitra’s (vardenafil) effect lasts for about twelve. The effects of Cialis can last for up to 36 hours. It is important to note that the erection will not be instantaneous nor constant during this 36-hour period. Medication requires up to an hour to take effect and arousal and sexual stimulation are still required to achieve an erection. This longer duration of effectiveness has led Cialis to be labelled the ‘weekend drug’.
Cialis is also known to help with symptoms related to an enlarged prostate. Its dual effect is one of the characteristics that set it apart from other ED treatments. The longer effect of the pill allows for it to be taken either thirty minutes before sexual activity or once a day. It also adapts to a patient’s needs as it comes in several different presentations (2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg and 20mg). Consult a doctor before starting treatment with Cialis to determine which dose and presentation is right for you.
Keep in mind that Cialis should not be taken for recreational purposes and should always be used under the supervision of a physician. It is only useful to men who have erectile dysfunction.
The patent for Cialis expired November 2017 and lower cost generic Tadalafil is now available.