Tadalafil is a medication used in treating male sexual function problems such as impotence or erectile dysfunction. It is also used in treating symptoms of an enlarged prostate in a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Tadalafil works in combination with sexual stimulation to increase blood flow to the penis to help a man get and keep an erection in impotence or erectile dysfunction.
Tadalafil also works to relieve symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia such as difficulty in beginning the flow of urine, weak stream, and they need to urinate frequently or urgently in the night. It is thought to work by relaxing smooth muscles in the prostate and bladder.
Tadalafil is also sometimes prescribed to treat pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in vessels that supply blood to the lungs).
How do I use tadalafil?
Depending on what country you are in, you may require a prescription to purchase tadalafil. Read the patient information leaflet before you start using this medication, and raise any concerns or reservations with your pharmacist or doctor.
Tadalafil is used by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor. Swallow the pill whole except there is a score line, then you may split the tablet.
Tadalafil should not be used more than once in a day. The dosage of tadalafil is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medication you may be using.
To treat erectile dysfunction, you may be directed to use tadalafil in either of the following ways:
• Use as needed, usually at least 30 minutes before sexual activity. The effects of tadalafil on sexual ability can last up to 36 hours.
• Regular use. This involves using tadalafil once a day, thus allowing you to attempt sexual activity anytime in between your doses.
What are the side effects of using tadalafil?
Some side effects that may result from using tadalafil include:
• Back pain
• stomach upset
• muscle beam
• stuffy nose
• blurred vision
• Chest pain during or after sex
• Prolonged or painful erection
• Serious skin reactions
• Seizures and FITS.
If any of these symptoms persist or worsen inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Do not use tadalafil with any nitrates prescribed for blood pressure related chest pain as it can cause your blood pressure to fall dangerously low. Also, inform your doctor if you are on Riociguat for pulmonary hypertension.
Who can or should avoid using Tadalafil?
Tadalafil should only be used by adults over 18 years of age. Do not use this medication if:
• You are using nitrates for chest pain
• You have had a stroke or heart attack recently
• You have a serious heart or liver condition
• You have ever lost vision due to reduced blood flow to the eyes.
Inform your doctor if you have or have had any of the following conditions:
• Sickle cell anemia
• multiple myeloma
• Multiple myeloma
• Peyronie’s disease (curved penis)
• Liver or kidney problems
• Heart problems,