FAQ : Common questions about Cialis

What is Cialis?

Cialis is a medication used to treat erectile problems in adult males aged over 18 years. It is a prescription treatment that helps men to gain an erection in order to have sex. However, it does not cure the problem. As soon as you stop taking the treatment, your erections normally decrease again. Cialis has been sold since 2003 and is produced by Eli Lilly Laboratories.

How long does Cialis last?

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get and maintain an erection that is good enough to have sex.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Can Cialis protect you against pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections?

No. Cialis cannot protect you against STIs; nor is it a contraceptive.

Does Cialis cause any undesirable side effects?

Yes, a few. In 2005 the FDA released a number of alerts about the possibility of vision loss linked with using Cialis. This is also known as non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION) and has been observed in some patients using Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. You are therefore advised by the FDA to stop taking the treatment if you experience this symptom.

Who should not take Cialis?

Those taking Nitrates or drugs such as “poppers” should not take Cialis. Those who were recently advised against having sex should also avoid taking Cialis.

Are there any risks involved with taking Cialis?

You will sometimes see a sudden drop in your blood pressure after taking Cialis. This phenomenon is usually seen in those who combine Cialis with nitrates and can result in dizziness, a heart attack, or stroke.

Side effects associated with Cialis

The most common side effects linked to Cialis are headaches, backache, indigestion, muscle pain, flushing and nasal congestion. Rarer side effects include priapism and vision problems.

What should I tell my doctor if I take Cialis?

Patients should tell their doctor they are taking Cialis during any medical consultation. If you are experiencing any heart problems, it is important that the doctor knows when you last took Cialis.

What should I tell my doctor before he prescribes me Cialis?

You should tell your doctor of any heart problems you have had, whether currently or in the past, before he prescribes you Cialis. The doctor must know if you have experienced any of the following: high or low blood pressure, a heart attack or stroke, kidney or liver problems, severe vision loss, retinitis pigmentosa, stomach ulcers, penile deformity, erections lasting longer than 4 hours, blood problems such as sickle cell anaemia, multiple myeloma or leukaemia. You should also inform the doctor if you are taking alpha-blockers.

Can your diet or other treatments affect the efficacy of Cialis?

You should inform your doctor if you recognise any problems or unusual symptoms whilst taking Cialis.

What should I do if Cialis does not work for me?

You must be using sexual stimulation to get an erection using Cialis. If you still cannot get an erection despite stimulation, it could be due to tiredness. However, if it still does not work after several attempts, you should see your doctor to discuss another solution.

Is Cialis reimbursed by social security or health insurance?

There are some health insurances that reimburse medication for erectile problems. You should verify with your own provider to be sure.

Can women take Cialis?

Cialis is not advised for female use. It has only been tested and approved for men aged at least 18 years.

Can Cialis be harmful if my partner is pregnant?

No conclusion has been found by clinical trials on this subject. It is not clear whether or not Cialis has an impact on fertility, sperm mobility, or birth defects in animals.

Can Cialis cause cancer?

No, animal testing showed no signs of cancer.

Will Cialis boost my libido or make me aggressive?

Cialis does not increase your libido. Clinical trials showed no increase in sexual desire.

Is there an age limit to take Cialis?

Cialis is advised for men aged 18 and over. Men can use it up to the age of 85. It is not advised for children.

How Cialis works?

Cialis affects the phosphodiesterase type 5 enzyme (PDE-5), which is found in the penis. It serves to relax the smooth muscles and arteries in the penis in order to help blood flow into the cavernous tissue. This helps to produce a good erection for sexual intercourse.