Cialis was developed to treat erectile dysfunction. Just like Viagra and Sildenafil, Cialis contains a PDE5-inhibitor as the only active ingredient. PDE5 is a chemical which reduces your ability to gain an erection. PDE5-inhibitors block this particular chemical, which means that the arteries in your penis are more relaxed and the blood flow is increased. As a result, you will find it easier to get an erection and enjoy sexual intercourse. The PDE5-inhibitor in Cialis is called Tadalafil. You will notice an increased responsivity to sexual stimulation within about 30 minutes of taking the tablet, as Tadalafil will begin to work within this time frame.

Can I buy Cialis online?

Superdrug Online Doctor provides a safe and reliable service if you would like to order Cialis online. We employ experienced doctors, who are licensed to practise in the UK. Our service has been approved by the General Medical Council as well as the Care Quality Commission. In order to obtain a prescription you need to fill in a simple, easy to use questionnaire and select your preferred treatment. One of our doctors will review your details and issue a prescription for an appropriate treatment. You can receive your treatment via post (we offer free delivery) or pick up your order at your local Superdrug pharmacy.

Can you get Cialis over the counter?

You can’t buy Cialis over the counter. As Cialis is a prescription-only drug, it is necessary that a doctor or nurse checks whether it is suitable for you before you take it.

Whether Cialis is the right medication for you depends on your general health, medical history and whether you are currently being treated for other conditions.

While Cialis isn’t available over the counter, you can order online from Superdrug Online Doctor. You can use our click and collect service to collect your medication from a Superdrug pharmacy of your choice.

Cialis vs. Viagra

Men frequently ask us what the difference between Viagra and Cialis is. Both medications essentially work in the same way. The main difference is that Cialis works for up to 36 hours, whereas the effect of Viagra will subside within four hours of swallowing the tablet. Once you have taken Cialis, you will find it easier to gain an erection for up to 36 hours without having to take any additional pills. Some men prefer Cialis on the basis that it gives them more flexibility. It eliminates the necessity to “plan ahead” and allows spontaneous sex from 30 minutes after you have taken the tablet.

Can I take Cialis every day?

Cialis is not meant for everyday use. The 10mg and 20mg tablets should not be taken daily. If you would like to take Cialis on a daily basis, you can discuss this option with a doctor. Depending on your general health, you may be able to take a Cialis daily 5mg to aid your erections.

Is Cialis safe to take?

Cialis is licensed in the UK and as all other medications, it has been tested to establish that it is clinically safe to take. However, it is important that you buy from a reputable source to avoid potentially dangerous counterfeit medication. It is also vital that you consult your GP or an online doctor before you start your treatment to ensure that Cialis is suitable for you.

Cialis Dosage

How do I take Cialis?

You need to take Cialis 30 minutes before sex in order to allow time for the active ingredient to take effect. You can take Cialis with or without food and you should drink a glass of water when you swallow the tablet. Normally, you will take one 10mg or 20mg tablet when you know that you will be having sexual intercourse. If you expect to be having sex every day, please consult your doctor to discuss dosage options.

Taking Cialis for the first time

When you take Cialis for the first time, we recommend beginning with a 10mg dose. If you have never used Cialis before, you may wish to allow an hour for it to work – just to be on the safe side. After the first time, you will know how quickly it works for you. If you find that the 10mg dosage is too strong or too weak, you can adjust the dosage the next time you use Cialis. Make sure you do not exceed the maximum recommended dosage of 20mg, as this could result in side effects.

Does Cialis need to be taken on an empty stomach?

You can take Cialis with or without food but the tablets work quicker if taken on an empty stomach. If you take Cialis after a fatty meal, it can take longer for it to take effect.

Ingredients

Each Cialis tablet contains the active ingredient tadalafil. Tablets are available in 5mg, 10mg and 20mg dosage. Additional ingredients are magnesium stearate, lactose monohydrate, triacetin, hydroxypropylcellulose, iron oxide yellow (E172), titanium dioxide (E171), croscarmellose sodium, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium laurilsulfate, talc and hypromellose. Please see the patient information leaflet for more information.

Cialis Side Effects

Common Cialis Side Effects

  • headache
  • indigestion or heartburn
  • dizziness
  • flushing
  • nasal congestion
  • back pain
  • muscle pain (myalgia)

Uncommon Cialis Side Effects

  • blurred vision/ eye pain
  • abdominal pain
  • increased heart rate or palpitations
  • increase in blood pressure levels (hypertension)
  • decrease in blood pressure (hypotension)
  • rash
  • sweating
  • chest pain
  • prolonged erections (priapism)

Rare Cialis Side Effects

  • swelling of the face or eyelids
  • nosebleeds
  • temporary loss of memory
  • hives
  • seizures
  • sudden decrease or loss of hearing
  • heart attack, stroke or mini stroke (mostly in men with pre-existing risk factors)

Who can not take Cialis?

Cialis is not to be taken by:

  • women
  • men under the age of 18
  • anyone who has been advised not to have sexual intercourse
  • anyone taking any form of nitrate medication

Tell your doctor if you suffer from:

  • heart problems or a cardiovascular condition
  • angina
  • hypotension or hypertension
  • galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose malabsorption
  • an eye condition, for example NAION
  • you have suffered kidney failure or have problems with kidney function
  • leukemia
  • a history of prolonged erections
  • liver disease
  • Peyronie’s disease
  • sickle cell anaemia
  • multiple myeloma