Cialis is the third prescription pill released globally in hopes of treating erectile dysfunction in men. While the pill is often confused by the more popular term of Viagra, the two pills differ in their approach as Viagra contains the active ingredient of sildenafil while Cialis is considered under the term tadalafil. Glaxo began development in the mid 1990’s though their aim was not originally to treat erectile dysfunction, but discovered that men were encountering increased erections in the clinical study of a heart medicine. As such, this is sometimes labeled as an accidental discovery.
Cialis comes on the heels of a market that exploded in the late 20th century as the advent of the internet helped market and develop these products through early social media avenues such as chat rooms. With the success of Pfizer’s product Viagra, other pharmaceutical companies looked to join into the fray with their own products in this accelerating market.
Though approved for use in 2003, it was only recently that the drug was also approved to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension in afflicted patients. Though this approval only exists in the United States, other government programs globally are undergoing formal approval in their locales to bring the drug into their market and cascade its use.
The drug comes in various forms as the dosage (measured in milligrams) can vary from 2.5 milligrams all the way up to 20 milligrams. As with all drugs that presume to treat erectile dysfunction, Cialis is only available upon a prescription from a licensed medical practitioner.
As with most medications, Cialis sees some side effects which any user needs to be made aware of prior to ingesting. These side effects can range in many different ways, but the most widely known are flushing of the face, upset stomachs, muscle pains including those in the lower back, and most importantly, an increased risk of low blood pressure and vision problems. These effects can often be made worse as users have easily overdosed on the drug due to taking far beyond the recommended amount in a vain attempt to keep erections even longer. Indeed, worldwide deaths because of the drug have occurred due to this misunderstood perception.
Even though Cialis itself should be acquired through an approved pharmacy, a simple internet search shows dozens of websites claiming to sell the drug at aggressive price margins. These generic pills are, in most cases, not actual Cialis, but copycat versions which may or may not look similar to the familiar brown pill Cialis commonly looks like. As with taking any strange pill, these pills often show no or unintended side effects and could in fact be placebos which do nothing or are simple herbal pills. Because of an aftermarket showing hundreds of millions of dollars in sales, one needs to proceed with caution prior to ever buying these pills online.
As stated previously, it’s imperative that one only ingests Cialis if approved to do so by their doctor. Depending upon your health care insurance, Cialis may or may not be fully covered and there may be no out of pocket cost. Prospective buyers are encouraged to ask additional questions to their doctor if they feel that the use of Cialis could provide beneficial use to them.
I am medical practitioner from Cape Town. My professional interest: new treatments of erectile dysfunction.