How to Take Cialis For Best Results
Obviously if you are taking a prescription medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, ED, you will want to take every step you can to ensure that it is doing the job it is intended for.
Although ED medications work in similar ways, there are slight differences in timings and things that may affect the performance. One of these is what you eat and when you take your pill in relation to it. For example, if you eat a high-fat meal such as a steak dinner with Viagra, it may take longer for it to start to work.
Cialis can be taken with or without food. However, it is advisable to avoid high fat foods when taking Cialis as this can slow down how your body absorbs the medication.
How to Take Cialis
Cialis is provided in an easy to swallow tablet and should be swallowed with a glass of water. As mentioned above, it can be taken with or without food, but some PDE5 inhibitors may have a slower response time if taken with a big meal.
When you first take an erectile dysfunction drug, don’t expect to get an erection straight away. The medication works by boosting the effects of a chemical in your body called nitric oxide. This chemical relaxes the muscles in your penis and improves your blood flow.
However, you need to be sexually stimulated for any ED medication to take effect. Take time to get fully aroused, engage all of your senses and don’t be in a rush to get an erection.
Cialis is not an aphrodisiac on its own. You have time, use it to get in the mood.
Timing is Everything
For 10 mg and 20 mg doses of Cialis you should aim to take the tablet at least half an hour, but possibly up to 2 hours before you wish to achieve an erection as you won’t get an erection immediately. The effects of the medication will usually last for 36 hours.
As regular Cialis can last for up to 36 hours, it should not be taken more than once within that time frame and you may be advised by your doctor to wait for at least 24 hours after the effects have worn off before you should take another dose.
If you are taking either 2.5 mg or 5 mg Cialis daily dosage, then you should try to take them at the same time every day to ensure consistency of efficiency. You should not take more than one a day.
As with all erectile dysfunction medication, Cialis will not cause an erection unless you are sexually aroused. So as mentioned above, try to stay relaxed and just enjoy your intimacy with your partner.
The Effects of Alcohol
Drinking alcohol may increase your heart rate and reduce your blood pressure, which can impact on the effectiveness of Cialis and may make it more difficult to get an erection.
Alcohol can also increase the chances of suffering with side effects such as headaches and dizziness when taking Cialis.
Little side note, grapefruit juice should also be avoided as it can cause unsafe reactions when taking Cialis.
Cialis is Not a Recreational Drug
Cialis is a prescription medicine for the treatment of erectile dysfunction and/or benign prostatic hyperplasia, it is not a drug for enabling you to stay erect for longer periods of time.
You will need to be diagnosed by your doctor and be issued with a prescription to obtain Cialis. Do not take Cialis unless you have been prescribed it as there could be serious side effects to the misuse of this drug.
Which Dosage Should I Buy?
Cialis comes in two different varieties. There is the Daily Dose and the Weekend Dose.
The daily dose is a small amount of Cialis, either 2 mg or 5 mg, that should be taken at the same time every day. The Cialis Daily tablet provides erectile potency 24 hours a day. This type of dosage is best suited to men who have a regular sex life and have intercourse more than twice a week.
The weekend dose also comes in two strengths, 10 mg and 20 mg. This is better suited to men who wish to engage in sexual activity within a 36 hour window and require help getting and maintaining an erection.
Your doctor will probably start you on the lower dose, whether the daily or the regular Cialis. It is advisable that you give the lower dose chance to work before resorting to increasing the dose and your doctor will be able to advise you on this. As a general rule though, it can take between 3 - 5 times of taking the medication before it begins to have the desired effect. The Cialis may need to build up in your system a little before it begins to truly work for you.
A 20 mg tablet will take effect within an hour, usually after half an hour, but can take up to 2 hours, and lasts for up to 36 hours, exactly the same as a 10 mg tablet. The only reason for a higher dose will be your body’s chemical reaction to the medication. You just may need a higher strength to have the same effect.
When to Increase the Cialis Dose
If your 2 mg daily or 10 mg ‘weekend’ pill is not producing an erection that stays firm during intercourse or does not last for the full 36 hours, then you may need to increase your dose.
However, before you rush off to your GP and ask for a higher dosage, check that you have followed the guidelines above on food and alcohol which can have a negative impact on the effectiveness of the drug. Make sure you are following the guidelines fully before asking your doctor to increase the dosage.
How Does a 20 mg Dose Compare to 10 Mg?
Clinical studies have shown that men using Cialis 20 mg dose were able to maintain an erection that was prominent enough for vaginal penetration 81 percent of the time.
The same report revealed that the level of firmness proficient enough to complete intercourse was in 71 percent of cases.
Comparatively the 10 mg dosage reported figure of 73 percent and 59 percent.
Who Should Not Use Cialis 20 mg?
If you notice that you are suffering from side effects when using a milder dose of Cialis, then you should notify your doctor/health care professional and it is not advised that you increase the dose you are currently on.
There are certain medications and conditions that restrict the usage of Cialis and your doctor will be able to advise you on this.
You should not be tempted to double up on your existing dose to achieve a stronger effect as this may cause serious side effects. Always consult your doctor if you feel your medication is not working properly.
It is not recommended that people who are using Cialis for the first time start with a 20 mg dose. You should always start with the lowest dose first.