Introduction to tadalafil
Tadalafil is a prescription medication used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate enlargement, and pulmonary hypertension. It belongs to the class of drugs known as phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. This article will focus on the most common use for tadalafil, which is erectile dysfunction. For this condition, tadalafil works by increasing blood flow to the penis when sexually aroused. Tadalafil is also referred to as Cialis and is available by prescription only.
What are the benefits of taking tadalafil?
Tadalafil improves the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, making it easier to achieve and maintain a healthy erection. Erectile dysfunction can negatively impact one’s relationships and mental wellbeing. Taking medication to treat ED effectively helps improve these parts of your life.
Potential side effects and risks
Although tadalafil is generally well-tolerated, there may be a few side effects associated with its use. The most common side effects of tadalafil include headache, indigestion, facial flushing, and muscle ache. Other potential side effects include dizziness, nausea, abdominal pain, back pain, and blurred vision. Rarely, more serious side effects can occur, such as an erection lasting more than four hours, chest pain, fainting, and blood clots.
Proper use of tadalafil
It is important to take tadalafil as prescribed by your doctor. Tadalafil can be taken either daily or on an as-needed basis 1 hour before sexual activity. Do not take more than one dose of tadalafil in a 24 hour period. Additionally, you should not take tadalafil if you are taking any medications that contain nitrates, such as a nitroglycerin spray or nitrate tablet.
Tadalafil should not be taken with any medications that contain nitrates, such as a nitroglycerin spray or tablet for relieving chest pain. Additionally, it should not be taken with any other drugs that are used to treat erectile dysfunction. Combining tadalafil with blood pressure pills known as alpha blockers (such as doxazosin, terazosin, or prazosin) can increase the likelihood of very low blood pressure. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist about new medication combos and let them know you are taking tadalafil.
It is safe to stop tadalafil, but it may be a good idea to discuss why you want to stop using it with your doctor. If you are experiencing side effects, an adjustment in dosage or change to a different medication may help you. If you feel it is not effective, your doctor can review other options with you. Finding the right solution for ED takes a few tries sometimes, so don’t be discouraged if the first try doesn’t work.
If you think you may have overdosed on tadalafil, you should seek medical treatment immediately.
Signs of overdose
The signs of tadalafil overdose include dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, fainting, headache, blurred vision, increased heart rate, chest pain, swelling in the hands and feet, and difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
Tadalafil doesn’t cause withdrawal symptoms if you stop using it.
When to see a doctor
If you experience any serious side effects from taking tadalafil, such as an erection lasting more than four hours, chest pain, fainting, or a blood clot, you should seek medical attention immediately. Additionally, if you find you have taken too much tadalafil or have any symptoms of overdose, seek immediate medical attention.
Life while on tadalafil
While taking tadalafil, practice healthy habits like eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress. These further improve your physical and mental health to decrease the negative effects of erectile dysfunction.
Tadalafil is a prescription medication used to treat erectile dysfunction in men. It is effective for improving erectile function, but it is important to take it as prescribed and to avoid taking it with certain medications. Additionally, it is important to follow a healthy lifestyle while taking tadalafil, including eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly.