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Cialis is an erectile dysfunction medication that can be used as a safe, effective treatment for ED. Most people who take Cialis have no side effects or problems at all.

Cialis is available as a generic drug. Brand names for Cialis include:

  • Cialis
  • Edegra
  • Edivox

What is the dosage for Cialis?

The starting dose for Cialis is 2.5 milligrams (mg) once daily in the morning. The dose can be increased every two to four weeks until a dosage of 10 mg is reached.

When taking Cialis, it is important to follow the directions for taking the medication exactly. It is not known if Cialis can be used safely if certain foods or drinks are mixed in with it.

This medication can be taken with or without food.

What are the side effects of Cialis?

The most common side effects of Cialis include:

  • Headache
  • Flushing (warmth or redness) of the face or neck
  • Back or side pain
  • Indigestion or upset stomach
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Increased blood pressure

Other less common side effects may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth

If you notice any of these side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

What is the most important information I should know about Cialis?

Always ask a doctor before taking any medication, especially a new medication.

Do not use Cialis if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid (Marplan, Marplan XR), linezolid (Zyvox), methylene blue injection (blue-green), phenelzine (Nardil), procarbazine (Procrit), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), tranylcypromine (Parnate), or others.

Do not use Cialis if you have had a heart attack or stroke within the past 12 months or have a history of heart disease, heart rhythm problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or liver disease.

Cialis can cause low blood pressure and fainting. Do not drive or operate machinery if you experience these symptoms.

Cialis is not approved for or recommended for use in people with certain health conditions such as:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Glaucoma
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer

It is not known whether Cialis is safe and effective for use in people with a certain health condition called pulmonary hypertension. This drug should not be used by people with pulmonary hypertension unless other treatments have failed.

Before taking Cialis, tell your doctor if you:

  • Have diabetes
  • Have kidney disease
  • Have liver disease
  • Have low blood pressure

Cialis is not recommended for use by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether Cialis passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Cialis without medical advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How to take Cialis?

The length of time it takes for Cialis to take effect is different for everyone. The following information describes how long it takes for Cialis to take effect. All possible side effects may occur, but many of these effects are less likely to occur when the medication is started at the right dose.

If you are taking Cialis 1 hour before your bedtime, take the medication as soon as you can.

If you have trouble remembering to take your medication, you can take it at the same time each day. Do not take your Cialis more often than directed.

Always take Cialis at the same time each day.

When should I not take Cialis?

Do not use Cialis if you have:

  • Had a recent heart attack
  • Had a stroke
  • Have a history of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver disease, or kidney disease
  • Have glaucoma
  • Have a history of low blood pressure, heart disease, or heart rhythm problems
  • Are taking an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, or others
  • Have a weak immune system
  • Have a history of drug or alcohol addiction
  • Are taking a diuretic such as furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, or bumetanide
  • Are using the medication to treat high blood pressure
  • Are taking any other medication that may cause vision changes (such as a beta blocker, a calcium channel blocker, or a diuretic)

If you have any of these medical conditions, talk to your doctor before taking Cialis.

How should Cialis be taken?

Take Cialis at the same time each day. Do not take it more often than directed.

It is best to swallow Cialis whole. Do not cut, crush, or break the tablet. Swallow it as soon as you can or within one hour if you are taking it at the same time each day. If you are taking Cialis 1 hour before bedtime, take it as soon as you can.

If you are having trouble remembering to take your medication, you can take it at the same time each day. Do not take your Cialis more often than directed.

You may take Cialis with or without food. Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Cialis. This can cause stomach upset.

Swallow Cialis whole. Do not cut, crush, or break the tablet. Swallow it as soon as you are able.

Measure liquid Cialis, not the powder that comes in a capsule.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Cialis is taken when you are awake, you may not be able to detect that you have missed a dose. If you are taking Cialis 1 hour before bedtime, do not take a double dose to make up for the one you have missed.

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at its regular time. Do not take more than 2 doses per day unless your doctor has told you to.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 18002221222.

What should I avoid while taking Cialis?

Avoid driving or operating machinery if you experience low blood pressure, dizziness, or fainting while taking Cialis.

Avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking Cialis. This can cause stomach upset.

Avoid taking Cialis if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. This medication should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or if you become pregnant while using this medication.

What other drugs will affect Cialis?

Cialis can interact with other medications, herbs, or vitamins that you may be taking. An interaction is when a substance changes the way a drug works. This can be harmful or prevent the drug from working well.

To help avoid interactions, your doctor should manage all of your medications carefully. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications, vitamins, or herbs that you are taking. To find out how this drug might interact with something else you are taking, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions that increase your risk of side effects

Taking Cialis with nitrates or nitrites

Taking Cialis with medications that lower your blood pressure can increase your risk of low blood pressure. These include:

  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as benazepril, captopril, enalapril, or lisinopril
  • Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) such as losartan or valsartan
  • Beta blockers such as atenolol or metoprolol
  • Diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide, furosemide, or bumetanide
  • Potassium supplements
  • Potassium-sparing diuretics such as indapamide or eplerenone

Taking Cialis with medications that make you more likely to bleed

Taking Cialis with medications that increase your risk of bleeding include:

  • Anticoagulants such as warfarin
  • Amiodarone
  • Clopidogrel
  • Blood thinners such as dabigatran, warfarin, or rivaroxaban
  • Aspirin
  • Heparin

Finally

Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Cialis. This can cause stomach upset.

If you take too much Cialis, you may:

  • Have a severe headache or vision problems
  • Have a severe rash
  • Have a very low blood pressure
  • Have trouble breathing

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