Any medication, prescription, or over-the-counter that you take has the potential to cause side effects. Some of these drugs have more than others. When you start a treatment for erectile dysfunction, you need to know if it will cause other problems. You might not think you need to know about other possible issues. However, if you do experience them, it’s good to understand what’s happening and why so you can be prepared.
What Is Cialis?
Cialis is a medication that can help you to achieve an erection. You put the tablet in your mouth and let it dissolve, which takes about 30 minutes. The drug works by relaxing specific muscles and increasing blood flow to the penis. An erection should last for about four hours, but you will need sexual stimulation and the medication has a duration of 36 hours, so you don’t have to force the moment after taking a dose.
Also known by its generic name, tadalafil, it requires a prescription from your doctor. Before prescribing the medication, your provider will usually run several tests to ensure it’s safe for you.
There are many benefits to Cialis, including:
- An erection with sexual stimulation
- Increased libido and stamina during partnered sexual activity
Before taking the medication, tell your doctor if you’ve ever experienced any of these conditions:
- Numbness in your penis or other parts
- Chest pain
- Heart attack or stroke
- Eye problems like blurred vision or loss of vision
Side Effects of Cialis
Cialis has the potential to cause side effects in some people. The most common ones include:
- Tingling in your penis and other parts
- Facial flushing (redness)
- Visual problems like blurred vision or loss of vision
An erection that won’t go away or that keeps you from participating in activities. This side effect might seem like a good problem, but it can be a sign of serious issues that needs treatment. An erection that lasts for more than four hours can cause damage to your penis and might even lead to a permanent condition called priapism.
There is some evidence that Cialis may also cause:
- Upset stomach, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Coughing or a tight feeling in your chest
Chest pain and shortness of breath are possible, particularly if you have an already severe heart condition. Although this is a very rare side effect, you should tell your provider right away if it happens.
Unknown Side Effects of Cialis
The FDA requires medication providers to report any possible side effects to the manufacturer as soon as they become known – which can be before or after a drug is approved. In addition, studies often continue after the drug is on the market, which leads to more side effect reports from consumers and medical providers.
If you experience any of these symptoms while taking Cialis, talk to your doctor right away:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Shortness of breath, wheezing, and cough
- Extreme weakness and dizziness
- Slurred speech
In addition to those listed above, your provider might prescribe Cialis to help treat other conditions like:
- Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
- High blood pressure (hypertension), which can cause shortness of breath and chest pain
- Chest pain is caused by coronary artery disease, which is when the arteries in your heart become narrowed by cholesterol and other deposits, which can decrease blood flow to your heart muscle.
Patients That Shouldn’t Take Cialis
Anyone with cardiovascular trauma in the last six months, including a heart attack, stroke, or “mini” strokes – Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIAs). Also, conditions such as unstable angina pectoris which is chest pain or discomfort that is unpredictable.
If you’ve experienced severe lower limb arterial disease – blockages in your legs, especially in the veins, you’ll need to be cautious with Cialis. This issue can cause pain while walking, cramping calves on exercise, increased heart rate with exertion, and swelling in your ankles or feet.
Other medical conditions that prevent patients from taking tadalafil for ED include:
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Chest pain caused by heart disease
- A severe liver problem or severe kidney problem that requires dialysis
- A physical deformity of the penis called Peyronie’s disease
- If you have ever had an erection that did not go away after 4 hours
As you can see, many potential Cialis side effects. The most common ones include tingling sensations in the body part and other parts of your anatomy, as well as redness on your face. Remember to talk to your doctor about all possible risks before deciding whether or not to use the drug.