What is Tadalafil?
Tadalafil is a generic prescription medication using the same active ingredient as the well established brand Cialis. It is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men. If you have trouble achieving or maintaining an erection, Tadalafil may help you to enjoy an active sex life.
As a generic medicine, Tadalafil is cheaper than the branded version Cialis but is still subject to the same rigorous testing to receive UK licensing and regulation.
Tadalafil may also be used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) in adult men.
How does Tadalafil work?
Tadalafil is an erectile dysfunction treatment with long lasting effect that gives you the freedom to have sex at the time of your choosing.
The name Tadalafil is also the active ingredient of the medication, originally used in Cialis. Tadalafil is a PDE - 5 inhibitor that increases the flow of blood to the penis. If you are sexually aroused, the medication will enable you to achieve a full erection for long enough to have normal sex. The effects of Tadalafil may last for up to 36 hours.
Can anyone use Tadalafil?
Tadalafil has been found to be a safe treatment for the majority of men who suffer from erectile dysfunction. Unless you have certain specific medical problems or are using a small number of non-compatible prescription medications, you will be able to use Tadalafil safely.
When you complete your confidential medical questionnaire, our online GP will immediately review your health profile and confirm that Tadalafil is the right medication for your needs.
Please read the Side Effects section for full information about whether Tadalafil is suitable for you.
What doses of Tadalafil are available?
DoktorABC’s online GP will prescribe the dosage that best suits your medical needs.
Tadalafil tablets (active ingredient Taladafil PDE-5 inhibitor) are available at DoktorABC in three different sizes.
- Tadalafil 5 mg
- Tadalafil 10 mg
- Tadalafil 20 mg
Most patients are initially prescribed 10 mg Tadalafil tablets. This dosage is suitable for the majority of users.
If you wish to take Tadalafil on a daily basis, you will usually be prescribed a 5 mg dosage. A daily 5 mg dosage may also be prescribed to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) in adult men.
20 mg Tadalafil tablets are generally only prescribed when 10 mg tablets have proved ineffective.
How to take Tadalafil
Swallow a single tablet with a glass of water 30 minutes - 1 hour before commencing sexual activity. The effects of Tadalafil may last for up to 36 hours.
Use Tadalafil only when you are planning to have sex. Do not use this medication in conjunction with any other erectile dysfunction treatments.
Patients who want to have sex every day (or who always want to have the option of spontaneous sex) may request a prescription for a daily 5mg Tadalafil tablet. The medication will continue to retain its effectiveness, even when used on a long term basis. Rare instances of decreased effectiveness may indicate an underlying health problem such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, poor control of diabetes and weight gain.
Taking a heavier dosage of Tadalafil will not result in a better quality or longer lasting erection, nor will it enhance your sexual performance or level of sexual arousal. If you exceed your prescribed dosage you will increase the risk of unwelcome side effects.
What are the side effects of Tadalafil?
Tadalafil has been sold as a prescription medicine for over fifteen years and most men do not experience serious side effects. Nonetheless, you should be aware of possible adverse reactions before you begin your treatment. Generally, side effects of Tadalafil are well documented and understood by the medical profession.
Possible common side effects
Most patients do not experience any significant side effects when using Tadalafil but the following common side effects may occur in some users:
- Back pain
- Muscle aches
- Pain in arms and legs
- Facial flushing
- Nasal congestion
Possible adverse reactions
Your prescription will come with a patient leaflet giving detailed information about the medication, its ingredients, possible side effects and contraindications. Please read this leaflet carefully before you begin taking your tablets, and retain the leaflet for future reference.
Very rarely patients may experience an adverse reaction to Tadalafil. If you experience any of the following symptoms you should discontinue your treatment and seek immediate medical advice.
- Allergic reactions including rashes
- Chest pain
- Stomach ache, feeling sick, being sick (vomiting)
- Eye pain, blurred vision or sudden loss of vision
- Difficulty in breathing
- Presence of blood in urine
- Fast heart beat or pounding heartbeat sensation
- Higher or lower blood pressure
- Nose bleeds
- Ringing in the ears
- Swelling of the hands, feet or ankles
If you experience serious discomfort, we recommend that you go straight to your nearest casualty department. In an emergency dial 999.
When not to take Tadalafil
DoktorABC’s online GPs generally do not recommend combining any erectile dysfunction medication with excess alcohol. Drinking to excess may reduce the effectiveness of your erectile dysfunction tablet, adversely affect your sexual performance and cause unwelcome side effects.
Do not take Tadalafil if you have:
- Serious heart disease
- Experienced a recent heart attack
- Had a stroke recently
- High or low blood pressure.
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, it is important that you disclose them to our online GP when you complete your confidential questionnaire:
- Past vision issues
- Sickle cell anaemia
- Multiple myeloma
- A penis deformity
- Liver or kidney problems
If you have any questions about your ED treatment you can login to your DoktorABC account and begin a free confidential consultation with an online GP.
You can renew your Tadalafil prescription DoktorABC today. Simply complete our online medical questionnaire by clicking “START YOUR ORDER” at the top of this page.
The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from the PDF-version from this website because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged or the medicine is from another brand.