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|How does this medication work? What will it do for me?|
Tadalafil belongs to a group of medications called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors. It is used to treat erectile dysfunction (male impotence). It helps to achieve and maintain an erection sufficient for sexual activity to occur. It does this by allowing a greater flow of blood into the penis when a man taking the medication is sexually aroused. It works only with sexual stimulation and does not increase sexual desire.
Tadalafil is also used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with enlarged prostates. It helps to relieve symptoms such as the frequent need to urinate, painful urination, or the sensation of not completely emptying the bladder. It does this by relaxing muscles in the prostate and bladder.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
|How should I use this medication?|
For the treatment of erectile dysfunction:
Tadalafil may be taken with or without food.
For the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplastia (BPH):
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take higher doses of this medication than prescribed by your doctor. Contact your doctor if you take a greater dose of tadalafil than prescribed.
Store this medication at room temperature (between 15°C and 30°C) and keep it out of the reach and sight of children.
|What form(s) does this medication come in?|
2.5 mg (for once-a-day use)
5 mg (for once-a-day use)
10 mg (for "on-demand" dosing)
20 mg (for "on-demand" dosing)
|Who should NOT take this medication?|
Do not take this medication if you:
Nitrates are found in medications that are used to treat angina (chest pain). If you are not sure if you are taking nitrates, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Nitrates must NOT be taken by anyone who is using tadalafil because they can cause your blood pressure to drop very low. This may cause dizziness, fainting, heart attack, or stroke.
|What side effects are possible with this medication?|
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.
|Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?|
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Alcohol: Consumption of alcohol may decrease the ability to get an erection and may also temporarily decrease blood pressure, causing dizziness and fainting.
Blood pressure: Tell your doctor if you are taking medications to treat high blood pressure, as the combination of these medications with tadalafil may add to the blood-pressure-lowering effect of these medications.
Grapefruit juice: Grapefruit juice can increase the amount of tadalafil in your blood. Do not drink grapefruit juice when taking this medication.
Hearing problems: If you experience a sudden decrease or loss of hearing, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Heart condition: Speak to your doctor before taking any medication for erectile dysfunction if you:
If you experience chest pains, dizziness, or nausea during sex, stop the exertion, and inform your doctor as soon as you can.
Kidney problems: Lower doses of this medication should be used if you have impaired kidney function. Daily use of "on-demand" medication is not recommended. It should not be used more than 3 times per week. Once-a-day use with 5 mg dosing or less may be considered for some people with mild-to-moderate kidney problems.
Liver problems: Men with poor liver function may need lower doses of this medication. Daily use of this medication is not recommended. It should not be used more frequently than 3 times per week. Once-a-day use with 5 mg dosing or less may be considered for some patients with liver problems.
Nitrate-containing medications: Tadalafil should never be taken with any medications that contain nitrates. Blood pressure may drop to life-threatening levels if tadalafil is taken with any nitrate-containing medication (e.g., nitroglycerin tablets, spray, or patches) or any other nitrates (e.g., isosorbide dinitrate or amyl nitrite "poppers"). Dizziness, fainting spells, heart attack, or stroke may be experienced.
If use of a nitrate-containing medication is considered medically necessary, 48 hours must pass after the last dose of tadalafil before taking a nitrate, and only under close medical supervision.
Penis deformation: As with other medications for erectile dysfunction, men with an anatomical deformation of the penis such as angulation, cavernosal fibrosis, or Peyronie's disease should be closely monitored by their doctors if they take this medication.
Prolonged erection (priapism): If an erection lasts longer than 4 hours (a rare occurrence), seek immediate medical assistance. If this condition is not treated quickly, tissue damage and permanent loss of the ability to have an erection could result.
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions, as they may increase your risk of a prolonged erection: sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, or leukemia.
Prostate problems: If you are taking other medications to treat BPH called alpha blockers (e.g., doxazosin), let your doctor know. The combination of alpha blockers with tadalafil is not recommended for treatment of BPH. People who are taking tadalafil for erectile dysfunction may be able to continue taking alpha blockers. Talk to your doctor for more information.
Vision problems: If you experience a sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes or other vision-related problems, contact your doctor immediately. Vision loss may be partial or complete. While in some cases the condition may improve over time, it can be permanent in other cases. This rare condition is more likely to occur if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or eye problems, if you are more than 50 years old, or if you smoke.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Tadalafil is not intended for use by women.
Children and adolescents: Tadalafil is not intended for use by children or adolescents under 18 years old.
|What other drugs could interact with this medication?|
There may be an interaction between tadalafil and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
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