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Cialis Dosage Guide: What Is The Right Dosage?

If you live with erectile dysfunction, you've probably heard a lot about the drug Cialis, and its potential in helping you get and keep an erection. 

This medication (available as the generic tadalafil), has been proven effective in managing erectile dysfunction in men. But more than that, it also allows for some flexibility in sexual intercourse.

Cialis is available in four doses that cover all the bases. There are daily dosages — 2.5mg and 5 mg — that allow for spontaneous sexual activity. It is also available in 10mg and 20mg which you can take if you have sex once or twice every week, this dosage gives you the choice of taking Cialis only when needed. 

This can last up to 36 hours in your body, saving you the need to always plan an hour ahead, which other medications like Viagra® (sildenafil) and Levitra® (tadanafil) require.

But with these options to choose from, you’re probably wondering what dosage might be right for you.

Let’s help in making your decision clearer. We’ll start at the beginning, examining how Cialis works to help manage erectile dysfunction, then, we’ll look through the dosages available to help in determining the most effective choice you should be looking at.\

How Does Cialis Help You Last Longer in Bed?

You’re probably way more interested in its outcome and less in the mechanics, but in understanding how Cialis works, keep a note that it is a PDE5 inhibitor. This means that it helps to increase the flow of blood to the soft tissue of the penis, causing erections.

This medication becomes necessary where the flow into, and exit of blood from the penis is affected. The active ingredient in Cialis — tadalafil, makes it easier for blood flow, allowing you get and keep an erection when aroused.

Cialis is also effective in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia. Tadalafil, the active ingredient in Cialis is also approved for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a disorder that causes high blood pressure in the lungs, which can be associated with other medical conditions.

Dosages of Cialis

Right off the bat, you should know that there is no uniform dosage of Cialis that will work for everyone. The correct dose for you will depend on your needs, as well as your healthcare provider's assessment. After both are determined, your options may lie between the daily or as-needed dosages of Cialis.

Cialis is available in daily dosages of 2.5mg and 5mg. These drugs are for once-daily use, and are typically recommended for patients who already respond to PDE5-inhibitor therapy. If you engage in sex at least two or more times every week, these options may be better suited for your needs.

Cialis 2.5mg is usually the recommended starting dosage for daily use. Depending on how effective the dose is, or your tolerance for it, it may be increased or decreased.

Cialis is also available as-needed. This simply means that you take this medication whenever you expect to have intercourse within a day. It is available in 5mg,10mg and 20mg options. 

You’ll probably get started on the 10mg when you use Cialis as needed. This may then be increased to 20mg — the highest dosage of Cialis for erectile dysfunction. 

An increase can happen where 10mg isn’t as effective in getting and maintaining an erection. 

Likewise, if 10mg is a little too much to tolerate, it can be reduced to 5mg.

When you engage in routine use of Cialis however, it doesn’t matter if you’re taking it in 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg or 20mg doses, only one per day is enough to have you sorted for sexual activity within that time.

You should also know that your daily dose of Cialis (2.5mg or 5mg) should be taken at around the same time everyday.

Even though tadalafil may begin action within 15 minutes of dosing, this drug typically doesn't reach its maximum concentration in your body until after about two hours

And P.S — two hours is two hours, Cialis absorption is not affected by food.

Which Is Better: Daily or On-Demand Dosages of Cialis?

So, this is a trick question there is no better dosage of Cialis. Either option, daily or on-demand, has its own set of benefits and drawbacks in managing erectile dysfunction. Let’s check them out.

Advantages of Daily Cialis

If you're on a daily dose of Cialis, you will enjoy the very important option of having spontaneous intercourse. 

You're essentially always on and ready to go, without needing to schedule your medication and intercourse to collide. 

And while this is a great plus, it isn't without its downside, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Using 2.5mg or 5mg of Cialis low doses of the medication may help to diminish the overall drug exposure of men who engage in frequent sex on a weekly basis.

This can help to minimize the side-effects Cialis can have on your wellbeing, especially with its higher doses, which may not be well tolerated in certain individuals.

Disadvantages of Daily Cialis

Remember how we said a daily dose of Cialis guarantees you’re always ready to go? Well, that isn't 100 percent accurate. Before you can reach a steady state of tadalafil in your system, you need to have first administered a daily dose of the drug over the course of five days.

Then again, there's the issue of always being on. If you don't engage in intercourse frequently, or say your activity is limited to one or two days in a week — it may seem excessive to be on daily medication to manage your erections. 

Also, the continued use of Cialis, even in low doses, can bring long-lasting adverse effects like headaches.

Advantages of On-Demand Doses of Cialis

With on-demand doses of Cialis, you’re allowed more autonomy when it comes to drug-use. You only need to take a 5mg, 10mg or 20mg dose of Cialis when you're certain of imminent sexual activity.

Also, compared to daily doses which require a minimum number of days to achieve a suitable level of Cialis, on-demand dosages take effect immediately.

Disadvantages of On-Demand Cialis

These high doses of Cialis may however be hard to tolerate, and with Cialis side-effects shown to be dose-dependent in some cases, higher dosages may increase the likelihood of adverse effects.

Whether daily or on-demand, each formulation of Cialis has its pros and cons. They are both however, effective measures in treating erectile dysfunction. 

To make sure you're extra convinced, a study carried out on patients with erectile dysfunction following radiotherapy for prostate cancer made use of both formulations of Cialis. 

Results showed that each dose had high response rates and was well tolerated

Side-Effects of Cialis

As with any medication, Cialis has its fair share of side-effects. Headaches, dyspepsia, back pain, myalgia, nasal congestion, flushing and pain in the limbs are common adverse reactions to the medication.

Cialis usage may come with more serious side-effects, however. Instances of priapism, vision and hearing loss, hypotension and cardiovascular events are typically rare, but have been linked to its active ingredient, tadalafil.

In Conclusion

There is no question that Cialis is an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction, but when it comes to determining the correct dosage for managing ED, one or two queries may come up.

You may prefer an on-demand dose if your sexual activity is predictable and limited to one or two times every week. 

A daily dosage may be a preferred option if you're more active sexually, and will likely have intercourse multiple times a week.

Lifestyle requirements and what's safest/most effective for you, are really what you have to look for when determining the right dosage to use.

Whether daily or on-demand however, Cialis dosage options are more than capable of helping you get and maintain an erection during sexual activity.

To determine the best course of action for your ED treatment with Cialis, you can consult with one of our healthcare providers from the comfort of your home. After determining if a 2.5mg or a 5mg dose is appropriate for you, your provider will make sure you have easy reach to your medication by writing a prescription to your local pharmacy.

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.