What is the Difference Between Prescription Cialis and Generic Tadalafil?

According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, erectile dysfunction (ED) (also known as erectile disorder) affects up to 40% of men at age 40 and nearly 70% of men at age 70.  While this is a very personal and sensitive topic, it is important that men experiencing ED speak to their doctor.

Erectile dysfunction may be a result of several factors, including diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, other prescription medications, stress, injury, or other factors.  Your doctor will look at your medical history and possible psychosocial factors, and determine the best course of treatment for you.  Fortunately there are prescription medications like Cialis and tadalafil which can help.

Cialis is a prescription medication used to increase blood flow to the penis so a man can attain an erection when sexually stimulated.    It is the brand name of tadalafil, which is the main ingredient.   Cialis does not lead to sexual arousal and must be taken under medical supervision.

Tadalifil was approved by the FDA in 2003 for the treatment of ED.  Currently it is also used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement of the prostate gland).

Tadalifil is the generic equivalent of Cialis.

    • The active ingredient in Cialis is tadalifil
  • The active ingredient in Tadalifil is tadalifil

Cialis comes in almond shaped yellow tablets and is available in 5, 10, and 20 milligram (mg) doses.

The usual first dose is 10mg at least 30 minutes before sexual activity, with the maximum single dose being 20mg.

Cialis can be taken as needed, but it should not be taken more than once every 24 hours. A daily dose of 10mg to 20mg is not recommended as some of the active ingredient does remain in your system for 24 hours.  Some patients may be able to take Cialis Daily, a 5mg dose which may be lowered to 2.5mg daily if they expect to be sexually active at least twice a week. However, dosages do depend on the needs of the patience and its effectiveness, so speak to your doctor and pharmacist about your particular needs.

What is the Difference Between Prescription Cialis and  Prescription Generic Tadalafil?

Cialis is manufactured by Eli Lilly Inc. while generic tadalifil is manufactured by several generic manufacturers including Auro Pharma Inc. and Teva. The other difference is the cost:

    • Four 10mg tablets of Cialis – $84.00
  • Four 10mg tablets of tadalafil – $66.50

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In 2015 the FDA issued a warning about counterfeit tadalafil pills being sold in the United States.  It is always important to purchase your prescriptions from safe, certified sources such as CanadaOnlineHealth.

How to take prescription Cialis for best results

    • As with any prescription medication, you should speak to your pharmacist about how to take Cialis for best results.
    • If you are taking Cialis daily , be sure to take it at the same time every day. This ensures erectile potency 24 hours per day and is best for men who anticipate sexual intercourse two or more times per week.
    • Avoid excess alcohol use.
  • While Cialis may be taken with or without food, it is best to avoid heavy meals when taking your pill.

Who Should Take Prescription Cialis and Prescription Generic Tadalafil?

If you are experiencing problems attaining and maintaining an erection for sexual intercourse speak to your doctor to see which course of treatment is best for you.

Further information on Cialis can be found at the following link: Learn More

If you have questions about your prescription or non-prescription medication, please contact the team at Canada Online Health by calling toll free 1-800-399-DRUG (3784) or visit their website at https://www.canadaonlinehealth.ca. One of the friendly and discreet pharmacy representatives will be happy to answer your questions.

This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnosis or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

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