What is Tadacip (Cialis)?
Tadacip 20 mg is a phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor that helps men suffering from erectile dysfunction achieve and maintain an erection when they are sexually aroused. The active ingredient in this drug is 20mg of tadalafil, which functions by acting on the erectile tissues of the penis to increase blood flow. During sexual activity, nitric oxide is released into the penile tissues which will, in turn, activate the enzyme guanylate cyclase. This enzyme is responsible for increasing the level of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), a chemical which helps to dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow.
Alternative Brand Names
In the US and Canada, this drug is known by brand names such as Cialis.
The maximum dose is 1 tablet per day with or without food. Patients are advised to take this drug 15 to 30 minutes before the start of sexual activity. You can initiate sexual activity at varying time frames from the time of dosing, so as to determine your individual response and the optimal window of effectiveness. The onset of action of this drug is 30 minutes which can be sustained for up to 40 hours. Tadacip should only be taken when planning to engage in sexual activity. The tablets should be swallowed whole without being crushed, split, or dissolved in water. The dosage can be adjusted according to individual response and tolerability.
Tadacip is contraindicated in women and children. A list of other contradictions is as follows:
- Not to be used in patients who are hypersensitive to tadalafil or any of the excipients present in the tablet;
- Not to be used in patients with heart and/or liver disorders;
- Not to be used in patients who have had heart attacks or strokes in the last 6 months;
- Not to be used in patients with abnormally low or high blood pressure;
- Not to be used in patients who are on nitrate medication to treat angina;
- Not to be used in patients who drink large amounts of alcohol and/or grapefruit juice.
Refer to the product pamphlet for a full list of side effects.
Tadacip Side Effects
Some of the reported side effects are:
On the other hand, rarer side effects reported by patients include:
- Priapism (persistent and uncomfortable erection);
- Visual disturbance;
- Watery eyes;
- Changes in blood pressure;
- Loss of hearing;
- Shortness of breath;
- Respiratory tract infection.
These side effects should be reported to your doctor immediately. Read the product pamphlet for detailed information on possible reactions.
Before taking this drug, discuss your current medication and/or supplement intake with your doctor to reduce the risk of drug interactions. Patients are cautioned against driving or operating heavy machinery after taking this drug.
Tadacip has been known to interact with the following drugs and compounds:
- Alpha-blockers (e.g. doxazosin, prazosin);
- Antibiotics (e.g. erythromycin, rifampicin);
- Antifungals (e.g. ketoconazole, itaconazole);
- Anti-hypertensive drugs;
- Antiretroviral drugs (e.g. saquinavir, ritonavir);
- Nitrate drugs (e.g. nitroglycerin);
Pregnancy & Lactation
This medication should not be used by pregnant women or by patients who are breastfeeding.
If this drug is taken on an as-needed basis, the maximum daily dosage is 1 tablet daily. Patients who have accidentally overdosed on Tadacip should obtain immediate medical treatment to prevent health complications. Standard medical supportive measures are employed to counteract symptoms.
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