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Is There Generic Cialis Available In The US?

Katelyn Hagerty

Medically reviewed by Katelyn Hagerty, FNP

Written by Our Editorial Team

Last updated 6/8/2021

Cialis® is a star player when it comes to options for managing erectile dysfunction.

Unlike other options like Viagra®, which only last around four hours and require you to have at least a half hour’s prior notice before sex happens — Cialis allows for more spontaneous sex, thanks to its ability to last about 36 hours.

But that's not the only reputation this ed medication has. If you're familiar with Cialis, then you know this drug can attract a heavy price point. 

For context, we offer Cialis at $570 a month for daily use — an amount that tends to adds up, especially if you have an active sex life. Which is where tadalafil comes in.

Since 2018, tadalafil — the active ingredient in Cialis — has been available as the generic form of this medication in the United States.

At a much lower price point, you can enjoy the benefits of longer, stronger erections and unplanned intercourse that come with using Cialis. 

But what should you know about his generic medication, and how can you get your hands on it?

Is Generic Tadalafil Different From Brand Name Cialis?

The short answer? Not at all. 

You can push any fears about using this generic medication because it is one and the same thing with brand name Cialis, a potent PDE-5 inhibitor.

As the active ingredient in Cialis, tadalafil is the muscle that acts to prevent the actions of phosphodiesterase-5, an enzyme that prevents the flow of blood to the penis and other parts of the body. 

This enzyme is able to restrict blood flow by degrading cyclic guanosine monophosphate cGmp, yet another enzyme that plays the important role of relaxing smooth muscles in the penis to allow for erections.

By preventing the actions of PDE-5, tadalafil is able to enhance the relaxation of these muscles, improve blood flow to the penis and promote strengthened erections — all the right effects when you're looking to manage erectile dysfunction.

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How Much Tadalafil Should I Take?

Like Cialis, Tadalafil is available in four doses: 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg, and 20mg. And just like the brand name, this medication is available for use as needed, or as a daily drug.

Where you have an active sex life and engage in sex say around three or more times a week, the daily dose of tadalafil in 2.5 may be right up your alley. 

If it misses its stop and doesn't quite get the job done, your dosage may be increased to 5mg to enjoy the full effects of this medication.

However, where you engage in sex a little less frequently — say once every week, or every other week — taking tadalafil as needed may be the preferred option. 

In this case, you could get started on 10mg of this medication, or have it doubled to 20mg if it doesn't get things going the way you'd like. 

In other cases, a 10mg dose may be reduced to 5mg if that amount packs too much of a punch for you.

To make sure you're taking the dosage that fits your requirement, the best person to reach out to for advice is always a trusted healthcare provider.

How Much Does Tadalafil Cost?

The price of tadalafil depends on a number of factors: where you’re purchasing the medication, the dosage you require, as well as your insurance status.

One certainty however, is that you’ll be spending considerably less to care for your ED than you would with the brand name.

While the price of Cialis can set you back between $12 and $70 per pill (give or take) depending on the dosage, most generic versions of tadalafil can cost between $5 and $25 per tablet.

We offer once-a-day generic tadalafil at $240, a significant reduction from what you'd pay for a month's supply of Cialis.

Tadalafil Side Effects You Should Know About

Tadalafil works like any other medication. That means that while it will improve the symptoms of your condition (i.e erectile dysfunction), there’s a chance that you may experience some side effects from its use. 

Some common tadalafil side effects include:

  • Headache

  • Dyspepsia

  • Back pain

  • Myalgia

  • Nasal congestion

  • Flushing 

  • Limb pain

You also want to be very careful when enjoying your favorite grape juice. 

Tadalafil doesn't do too well in combination with this juice as it can increase the percentage of this medication in your blood, raising the chances of developing side-effects.

It's also not advisable to have your dosage of tadalafil in combination with drugs like nitrates,  anti-hypertensives, and alpha-blockers. 

This is because the combination of these substances with PDE-5 inhibitors can cause low blood pressure.

It's also a pretty bad idea to have tadalafil as a chaser with alcoholic drinks, as this combination is also known to lower blood pressure.

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How To Get Your Hands On Tadalafil

Tadalafil has all the qualities you want your ED medication to possess: affordable, effective, and available in two forms to allow for options when engaging in sexual activity.

Tadalafil is available as a prescription medication in the United States, and may be picked up in local pharmacies, or delivered straight to your home using online services.

If you live in the US, there are many options to choose from to get tadalafil. 

However, before receiving any dosage of this medication, a prescription must first be written up by a trusted healthcare professional.

However, if you'd rather keep intimate details of your sex life away from your healthcare provider, especially if you have a personal relationship with them, there are other ways you can receive your tadalafil prescription. 

We offer a monthly subscription of tadalafil delivered straight to your home, without the stress of having to visit a physical pharmacy. 

Because tadalafil is by prescription only, you'll need to speak with an independent healthcare provider who will assess whether or not this is the best course of action to manage your ED.

Where they believe you are a good fit, your tadalafil will then be shipped discreetly to your address without hassle — or any insurance complications.

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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.

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