Cialis Side Effects

Cialis is one in a class of erectile dysfunction treatments called selective phosphodiesterase Type 5 inhibitors, or PDE5s. Viagra and Levitra are the precursors to Cialis. All of these drugs work in a similar fashion in that they suppress the phosphodiesterase enzyme that basically opposes the brain’s stimuli that allows for muscle tissue relaxation in the penis. This action of smooth muscle relaxation allows for an increase in blood flow that enables an erection to occur. Contrary to myth, though, none of these drugs creates a spontaneous erection. Cialis and the like put the body/brain functions into a state that make it possible for a man to achieve and maintain an erection.

The 36-Hour Myth

Although Cialis promises 36-hour relief from erectile dysfunction, the misconception might be that it provides a long-lasting erection. The only benefit with Cialis versus Viagra and Levitra is the long-term availability of the drug in the bloodstream. The marketing strategy with Cialis is that taking this erectile dysfunction drug allows for a more flexible and relaxed environment in which neither partner feels rushed. No man should have an erection that lasts for hours. Priapism is the medical term for an unusually long and painful period of erection. Priapism is not a common side effect of Cialis, but is one to be aware of.

Typical Side Effects of Cialis

The typical side effects of Cialis are headache, muscle aches, and skin flushing or reddening. Many doctors believe the side effects of Cialis use are minimal as opposed to either Viagra or Levitra side effects. Viagra patients can also have vision distortion, especially a change in colors. This visual side effect is not as commonplace among users of Cialis. Overall, most patients taking Cialis do not report side effects extreme enough to stop taking it.

Contraindications to Cialis

More serious side effects can accompany the use of Cialis and other erectile dysfunction drugs when taken contrary to drug interactions or medical warnings. Cialis should always be prescribed by a medical doctor who has performed a full medical exam and discussed all the treatment options with a patient.

Men who have had heart attacks or strokes can be in danger taking Cialis. Also, the use of alpha-blocker medications and nitrates can lead to serious life-threatening conditions when used in conjunction with Cialis. Mixing Cialis and recreational drugs is not advised, either. As with most potent drugs, Cialis carries the risk of other reactions such as allergies, heart attacks and strokes, but these are rare occurrences.

Men taking Cialis should avoid alcohol in excess. Also, there is some evidence that grapefruit juice and Cialis can combine adversely in the body.