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Tadalafil (Generic Cialis®)

Tadalafil, the generic equivalent to brand name Cialis® (made by Eli Lilly), helps men with ED get and maintain erections with greater ease. Tadalafil stays in your system for longer than other ED meds to help you stay in the moment, without the need to "slip away" or "time" your dose. Plus, you can treat ED with over 50% in savings from Cialis. Talk about hard made easy.

Tadalafil (Generic Cialis®)

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* This page medically reviewed by Peter J. Stahl, MD.

What is Tadalafil?


Tadalafil is an FDA-approved erectile dysfunction pill that helps men with ED get and keep harder erections. Tadalafil is the generic equivalent to the brand name drug Cialis. Like Cialis or Viagra®, tadalafil is a PDE5 inhibitor that relaxes blood vessels and improves blood flow to specific parts of the body, including the penis. Tadalafil is unique in that it can be used as-needed or once daily to be ready for sexual activity as it suits you.

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How Tadalafil Works


Tadalafil (generic for Cialis) works by promoting a balance of enzymes necessary to produce and maintain an erection. When aroused, the penis produces nitric oxide plus an enzyme that normally gets your penis hard. Like all PDE5 inhibitors, tadalafil protects the enzyme from breaking down, which results in more blood flow in and less blood flow out. Tadalafil can last for 24-36 hours, so it can support erections longer than other ED pills.

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Buying Tadalafil Online


Hims offers access to prescriptions for Tadalafil online, without in-person trips to a doctor’s office or insurance complications. When you start your online medical visit through the Hims platform, you will answer questions and consult with a medical professional licensed in your state, who can evaluate you and prescribe your dosage if they determine tadalafil is right for you. If prescribed, genuine, FDA-approved tadalafil from a licensed pharmacy will be shipped discreetly to your door. Remember, over the counter tadalafil cannot be sold legally in the US so it is important to work with medical providers licensed to provide care in your state and pharmacies that are licensed to fulfill medications in your area.

Tadalafil Dosage


Hims offers once-a-day tadalafil in a 5mg dosage. Typically, this dosage of Tadalafil is taken once a day at the same time, no matter how often you have sex. After 4-5 days, the level of tadalafil in your blood reaches a steady state that keeps your body ready for sex whenever the time is right. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’ll be walking around with an erection - erections should still only occur in response to sexual arousal and stimulation. Tadalafil can be taken with or without food; it is not to be taken more than once every 24 hours. As always, read all safety and other information that comes with your prescription and only take tadalafil as directed by your provider.

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Tadalafil Side Effects


Side effects most commonly associated with tadalafil include headaches, flushing, upset stomach, abnormal vision, runny or stuffy nose, back and muscle pain, nausea, dizziness, and rash. If you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away, talk to your provider. If you have a prolonged erection that lasts longer than 4 hours, you may have a medical condition called priapism, which requires prompt medical treatment. If this happens, seek emergency care immediately.

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