Reviewed by Dr. Hasan Feroz, M.D,
Tadalafil is used to treat diseases like erectile dysfunction, impotence, BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia. It works by increasing the blood flow to the veins of the penis and helps in maintaining an erection. It is not used to treat sexual transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, syphilis etc. It also gives relief to the patients who have been suffering from increased prostate. It relaxes the muscles of the bladder and prostate that helps in maintaining the issue less flow of urine.
Tadalafil comes with tablet form only and the brand names of the tadalafil are Cialis and Megalis. It starts from 2.5 mg to 20 mg. The Initial dose started with the lowest strength and increase gradually.
Dosage For BPH
The possible dosage for benign prostatic hyperplasia is 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg daily. If you are taking finasteride or dutasteride for the treatment of BPH you must have to consult with your doctor for the best dosage options.
For erectile dysfunction your doctor may recommend you to start with lowest dose i.e. from 2.5 mg and gradually it will be increased. For best results, it can be taken before the 1-2 hours of bed time. It remains in the body for 24-36 hours.
Most of the patient complaints about not working the tadalafil. The reason behind it is they have taken the highest dose from starting but gradually the medicine decreases the working in the body. That is why it is recommended to take it from 2.5 mg per day. By taking higher dose initially it will work but later body does not respond to medicine.
Side effects of Tadalafil
Headache, upset stomach, flushing, dizziness and stuffy nose are the common side effects that everybody faces. Some patients may face lightheadedness also.
You may also face extra pressure on your heart if you are in old age and you may face heart problems while using the tadalafil to treat the ED. If this medicine causes problems to you you may consult to your doctor as soon as possible. If you face vision loss or one eyes vision loss you should have to stop the medication immediately and consult your doctor.
You may also experience hearing problems, prolonged erections that may last 4 hours and itching/swelling in tongue.
This is not the complete list of the possible side effects. Except these side effect you may face other different side effects.
Some Facts about Tadalafil
Tadalafil may last in your body for upto 36 hours. So it is recommended not to use the tadalafil before 24 hours of completion. It is slow acting drug known as PDE5 inhibitor. It helps to relax the blood vessels.
By taking tadalafil you can see the changes in your blood pressure. Your blood pressure may go down when you take the pills as it dilates the blood vessels.
Viagra and tadalafil both are for erectile dysfunction but tadalafil works for 36 hours while viagra works only for 5-6 hours. Viagra has more side effects and it causes headache more severe than tadalafil.
If you have kidney or liver disease you must have to consult with your doctor as the medicine is metabolized in the liver and eliminated from the kidneys.