Cialis (tadalafil) relaxes muscles and increases blood flow to the penis and other particular areas of the body.
Cialis is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men. Cialis is also used to treat the signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition in which the prostate gland becomes enlarged.
Adcirca, another brand of tadalafil, is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and improve exercise capacity in men and women.
Cialis may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Cialis Vs. Viagra Vs. Stendra
Cialis works the same way as Stendra and Viagra: both inhibits the enzyme that prevents production of hormones responsible for penile erection during sexual intercouse. They are both called PDE-5 inhibitor. However, their similarities end here. In terms of side effects and longevity of effect, the two varies.
Cialis is known to cause muscle pains while with Viagra, a few men complain of having blue-like vision after a few hours of taking it. However, these two erectile dysfunction medicine shares common side effects such as headache, flushing of the face and nasal congestion.
In the longevity department, it has been found that Cialis works overtime (in as long as 36 hours) while Viagra lasts for four hours only. This is the reason why Cialis has been called the “weekender” because you can have an active sex life during the weekends with a single dose of Cialis taken on a Friday night.
The FDA has approved a new ED drug called Avanafil what is supposed to work in as little 15 minutes with far less side effects than Cialis or Viagra.
Now seeing these comparisons, which side are you in the Cialis vs. Viagra showdown? Honestly, these two drugs haven’t been compared head to head. This Cialis vs. Viagra comparison is based only on independent studies conducted on each of these two medicines. What is best for you would largely depend upon your needs and how your body would react to the chemical components of the medicine. Since these two erectile dysfunction medicines have been found to be effective treatment for sexual dysfunctions in men, you will not lose whether you chose Cialis over Viagra or Viagra over Cialis.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
Tadalafil (Cialis) has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for the treatment of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) signs and symptoms – a condition in which the prostate gland enlarges. It has also been approved for the treatment of simultaneous BPH and ED (erectile dysfunction). Since 2003, the medication has been on the market legally in the USA for ED treatment. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also called benign prostatic hypertrophy (really a misnomer), benign enlargement of the prostate (BEP), oradenofibromyomatous hyperplasia, are all terms which refer to an increase in the size of the prostate gland. Signs and symptoms can include difficulty in starting urination, a weakened urine flow which causes stopping and starting, strain when passing urine, urinating too frequently, waking up in the night often to urinate (Nocturia), sudden urges to urinate which can result in incontinence if a toilet is not found immediately, inability to fully empty the bladder during urination, and sometimes blood in urine.
There are rumors that the new FDA approved drug, Stendra will be added to the list of BPH treating ED medicines.
History of Cialis
Cialis is the first joint product of Lilly, an Indiana based pharmaceutical company and ICOS, a biotechnical firm located in Washington state.
ICOS conducts its first study in patients with impotency problems and by 1998, a partnership between Lilly and ICOS is formed. The goal: to commercialize drugs for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
The newly formed company did not file a new drug application with the Food and Drug Administration until 2001. At this time, the manufacturer names the drug Cialis.
In April of 2002 the FDA reviews the application, but declines to approve it. The government agency wants to see more clinical studies, the resolution of some manufacturing issues and the complete labeling for the product.
Data demonstrate that Cialis stays in the male’s system for up to 36 hours, providing a larger window for sexual activity than with Viagra. These findings are presented in Orlando, Florida to the 97th meeting of the American Urological Association.
Meanwhile, in July 2002, the European Committee Proprietary Medicinal Products recommends the approval of the drug in Europe. Approval comes in November of 2002 for European sales, with marketing of the product following in February 2003.
The FDA approves the sales of Cialis in the United States in November 2003.