What is Cialis?
Known generically as tadalafil, Cialis is a prescription drug indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and BPH with erectile dysfunction. It was approved by the FDA in February of 2003 as a first-line treatment for these disorders, making it the third Phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor to be marketed worldwide, next to Pfizer’s Viagra and Bayer’s Levitra. While it is generally well tolerated by most men, commonly reported side effects include headache, indigestion, flushing, and stuffy nose. Self-limiting muscle pain (myalgia), back pain, and abnormal vision have also been reported with Tadalafil use.
How Does it Work?
Cialis works by inhibiting PDE5, an enzyme that specifically degrades cyclic guanosine monophosphate, or cGMP. The process of erection is governed by cGMP activity, which relaxes the smooth muscle cells to increase blood supply to the penile erectile tissues.
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Your Options To Treat Erectile Dysfunction Extend Beyond Viagra
When sildenafil began marketing in 1998, the drug company Pfizer sold half a billion dollars’ worth of its brand name, Viagra, in its first quarter. It was luck when the drug failed its study as an antihypertensive, but its male participants began reporting all of the erections they were experiencing.
Now there was a drug which took the closeted “impotence” out into the open, made it a “dysfunction,” and offered a treatment for it. Because it did not cure erectile dysfunction (ED) and required continued use, for Pfizer it was the gift that kept on giving.
Today, there other colors the “little blue pill” has to compete with—orange: tadalafil (Cialis); and yellow: vardenafil (Levitra).
Choosing Levitra, Viagra, or Cialis
Cialis is dubbed “the weekend pill” because it can last up to 36 hours; the two that are the most alike, however, are Levitra and Viagra. ...