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Cialis Side Effects

Cialis is a medication used for treating erectile dysfunction in men. It is the trade name for tadalafil. Find out how this drug can help treat erectile dysfunction, and what side effects it can produce, by going through this article.
Cialis is the brand name for tadalafil, which is a drug used to relax the muscles and increase the flow of blood to certain specific areas of the body. Tadalafil is sold as 'Cialis and 'Adcirca'. Cialis is used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men, while Adcirca is used for pulmonary arterial hypertension. It is also employed for improving exercise capacity in both men and women.

The main active ingredient of Cialis is tadalafil, which is actually a 'phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor', as it works by inhibiting the actions of the enzyme phosphodiesterase type 5. Though this drug is quite effective in treating erectile dysfunction, it can cause a few side effects, especially if it is not used with adequate care. However, not everyone experiences the side effects of this medicine.

Cialis Dangers

Like many other drugs, it can cause a few adverse effects like:
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion or dyspepsia
  • A stuffy or runny nose
  • Flushing
  • Back pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vision disturbances
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle pain or myalgia
Rarely, this drug may cause angina, high blood pressure, insomnia, dry mouth, decrease or loss of hearing, vertigo, migraine, blurred vision, and chest pain. Occasionally, a person allergic to Cialis can experience a severe allergic reaction after taking this drug. The usual symptoms of an allergic reaction are, itching, hives or skin rash, tightness in the chest, breathing difficulty, and unusual swelling of the mouth, tongue, and the throat.

Another serious, but rare side effect of this drug is 'priapism', which refers to the painful erection of the penis that can last for several hours. If left untreated, priapism can cause permanent damage to the penis. These side effects are usually experienced when this medicine is taken excessively, or when an individual using Cialis is suffering from an underlying condition like heart disease.

Important Facts about Cialis

The effects of this medicine last for approximately 36 hours. Certain other drugs or medications can interact with Cialis to produce some adverse reactions. Generally, this medication should not be taken along with nitrates, blood pressure medications, alpha blockers, erythromycin, and antifungal medications. Do not take this drug if you are already using other medications for treating erectile dysfunction. Avoid drinking excessive alcohol while taking this medication. If both alcohol and Cialis are taken together, it can result in a significant drop in blood pressure, which can manifest in dizziness.

People suffering from certain health conditions should consult their physicians before using this medication. Individuals having heart problems like irregular heartbeat, heart failure, or a history of heart attacks, liver or kidney problems, strokes, high and low blood pressure, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, bleeding disorders, stomach ulcers, physical deformities of the penis, and cardiovascular diseases should not take Cialis without consulting a health care provider.

So, the serious side effects of this medication can be avoided by taking it with adequate care and precaution. To prevent any unwanted adverse effects associated with this drug, it is better to take it only under the guidance of a physician or health care provider. Lastly, if you observe any of the side effects mentioned in this article, especially muscle pain, dizziness, blurred vision, an increase or decrease in blood pressure, and chest pain, then immediately inform your physician.

Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be treated as a substitute for professional medical advice.
By Chandramita Bora
Published: 6/16/2010
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