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Cialis® is flexible. It can be taken daily so that any time is go time or as needed if you anticipate when you need a boost before sex.

Dosage options

  • 2.5mg or 5mg (daily)
  • 10 mg or 20 mg (as needed)
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Important Safety Information

  • * A prescription will only be issued if deemed appropriate by a licensed medical professional.
  • * This page has been medically reviewed by Naeem Kasmani, R. Ph.
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What is Cialis®?

Cialis® is a medication approved by Health Canada to help men who are suffering from ED. Cialis® works by blocking the action of the PDE5 (phosphodiesterase 5) enzyme, resulting in higher blood flow to areas of the body, including your penis.

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Cialis® vs. Viagra®?

Both Cialis® (active ingredient is tadalafil) and Viagra® (active ingredient is Sildenafil) belong to the same group of medications (PDE5 inhibitors) that help you get and maintain your erection.

Cialis® can be taken either before sex as needed or it can be taken as a low dose once daily.

The big advantage of taking a pill daily is that you don’t have to wait for the pill to start working (usually 30 to 45 minutes) before you start sex.

When Cialis® is taken as needed, it is the longest lasting ED treatment. In fact, it can last up to 36 hours.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Cialis®

What are the side effects of Cialis® (tadalafil)?

Cialis® is usually well tolerated. The most common side effects are headaches and facial flushing. Less commonly reported side effects are indigestion, dizziness, stuffy nose, effects on vision (including colour tinge, increased brightness of light and blurred vision), seizure, seizure recurrence, sudden decrease or loss of hearing and temporary memory loss.

In extremely rare instances, an erection may last for hours. Call a doctor immediately if you ever have an erection that lasts more than 4 hours.

Please see our important safety information to learn more about side effects and how to manage them.

Does Cialis® keep you hard after climax?

No, it shouldn’t. Cialis® allows your penis to return to its resting state after ejaculation.

Do Erectile Dysfunction treatments make you last longer in bed?

It depends. There is some evidence that ED pills may be beneficial in treating premature ejaculation, especially in cases where ED leads to the development of early climax. If you are experiencing both ED and PE, our doctors can personalize your optimal treatment plan through a free consult.

More Erectile Dysfunction Treatments

Tadalafil

From $12 per use
Taken before sex and may be effective for up to 36 hours after.

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Vardenafil

From $10 per use
Another generic option for on demand sex.

Sildenafil

From $9 per use
For those who can anticipate sexual activity. The famous blue pill without brand name pricing.

Important Safety Information

What Cialis® does:

CIALIS® belongs to a class of medicine called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. Following sexual stimulation, CIALIS® works by helping to relax the blood vessels in your penis by allowing blood to flow into your penis. This results in improved erectile function.

When Cialis® should not be used:

  • If you are taking any medicines containing nitrates in any form (oral, sublingual [under the tongue], skin patch, or by inhalation [spray]). Although CIALIS® is used occasionally, nitrates must never be used. Nitrates are found in many prescription medicines that are used in the treatment of angina pectoris (chest pain due to heart disease), such as nitroglycerin, isosorbide mononitrate, or isosorbide dinitrate. If you do not understand what nitrates are, or are unsure about whether a medication you are taking is a “nitrate”, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If you take CIALIS® with nitrate containing medicines or any other nitrates (e.g., amyl nitrite “poppers”), your blood pressure could suddenly drop to a life-threatening level. You could get dizzy, faint, or even have a heart attack or stroke.

  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to Cialis® or the nonmedicinal ingredients in CIALIS®.
  • CIALIS® is not to be used in men for whom sexual activity is inadvisable.

This medicine has been prescribed for you personally and you should not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.

BEFORE you use CIALIS® talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you:

  • have heart problems (irregular heartbeats, angina, chest pain or had a heart attack). If you have heart problems, ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough to handle the extra strain of having sex. If you have chest pain, dizziness or nausea during sex, stop exerting yourself. You should not use nitrates, but you should seek immediate medical assistance.
  • are 65 years of age or over
  • have had a stroke
  • have low blood pressure or uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • have liver or kidney problems
  • have sickle cell anemia (abnormality of the red blood cells), multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow) or leukemia (cancer of the white blood cells)
  • are allergic to Cialis® or any of the other ingredients of CIALIS® tablets
  • have a deformed penis or Peyronie’s disease
  • have ever had an erection that lasted more than 4 hours
  • have stomach ulcers or other bleeding problems.
  • have a rare inherited eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa
  • Ever had temporary, decrease, or permanent loss of vision, including a condition called Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION). The specific type of vision decrease or loss, called non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION), seems to occur rarely when blood flow to the optic nerve is reduced or blocked. Vision decrease or loss may be partial or complete, in one or very occasionally both eyes. While in some cases the condition may improve over time, it can also be irreversible. Rare cases of central serous chorioretinopathy (serous detachment of the macula layers of the retina) have been reported.
  • Rare but serious skin reactions of Stevens-Johnson’s Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) have been reported during the post-marketing period.

CIALIS® is not recommended for use in children under 18 years of age and in women.

CIALIS® does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STD), including Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

Alcohol consumption may decrease the ability to get an erection. Patients should know how to react to the drug before operating a motor vehicle or any machinery. If you are taking CIALIS® and experience temporary, decrease, or permanent loss of vision, stop taking CIALIS® and call your doctor.

In case of chest pain occurring during or after sexual activity you should not use nitrates, but you should seek immediate medical assistance. Sudden decrease or loss of hearing has been reported in a few number of post-marketing and clinical trial cases with the use of PDE5 inhibitors, including Cialis®. It has not been established whether these are related directly to the use of these medications or to other factors. If you experience these symptoms, stop taking CIALIS® and call your doctor.

Drugs that may interact with CIALIS® include:

  • nitrates (see previous section)
  • rifampin (an antibacterial product used against tuberculosis)
  • ketoconazole or itraconazole (used against fungal infections)
  • erythromycin (an antibacterial product)
  • protease inhibitors such as ritonavir and saquinavir (HIV treatments)

You should not use CIALIS® together with any other treatments for erectile dysfunction or PDE5 inhibitors for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), such as ADCIRCA (Cialis®) or REVATIO (sildenafil).

Tell your doctor if you are taking:

  • medicines to treat high blood pressure
  • alpha-blockers (such as doxazosin) for the treatment of prostate problems.

The combination of these medicines with CIALIS® may add to the blood-pressure-lowering effect of these drugs.

SIDE EFFECTS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT THEM

As with most drugs, CIALIS® can cause some side effects. These effects are usually mild to moderate in nature and do not last for a long time.

The most common side effects are headache and facial flushing. Less commonly reported side effects are indigestion, dizziness, stuffy nose, effects on vision (including color tinge, increased brightness of light and blurred vision), seizure, seizure recurrence, sudden decrease or loss of hearing and transient global amnesia (temporary memory loss).

In extremely rare instances, a man may have an erection that lasts many hours. You should call a doctor immediately if you ever have an erection that lasts more than 4 hours.

Reports of sudden loss of vision have occurred rarely with the use of oral erectile dysfunction medications (PDE5 inhibitors). It has not been established whether these are related directly to the use of these medications or to other factors. There may be an increased risk to patients who have already experienced a condition called Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION). You should stop taking CIALIS® and consult your doctor if you experience a decrease in, or loss of, vision in one or both eyes.

Reports of serious skin reactions characterized by rash, blisters, peeling skin and pain, which require immediate medical attention, have also occurred rarely. You should stop taking CIALIS® and consult your doctor if you experience such reactions.

If you notice any side effects not mentioned above, or any of the above-mentioned side effects persist or become bothersome, please contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Source: Eli Lilly Inc. Product Monograph