Interactions of Cialis: with Food, Alcohol, Medications and Nitrates

Interactions of Cialis: with Food, Alcohol, Medications and Nitrates

Thankfully, modern medicine has afforded us various different choices when it comes to medication that can help treat the condition. One of the most popular of these is Cialis.

Interactions of Cialis: with Food, Alcohol, Medications and Nitrates

Cialis is known to interact with hundreds of different medicines. The vast majority of these interactions are quite minor and aren’t really likely to cause too much stress or discomfort.

For generations, millions of men around the world have suffered from erectile dysfunction. As a matter of fact, studies suggest that over 50% of men between 40-70 will experience the effects of ED in their lifetime. Despite this relatively large number of men affected by the condition, it’s often the case that stigma and embarrassment surrounding the subject leaves many people unwilling to discuss their issues. All this despite the fact that it’s more common that gastrointestinal problems!

Interactions of Cialis: with Food, Alcohol, Medications and Nitrates

Thankfully, modern medicine has afforded us various different choices when it comes to medication that can help treat the condition. One of the most popular of these is Cialis; a chemical compound which is known to affect the width of blood vessels. By widening these vessels, blood is allowed to more easily flow into the penis. The result of this is the achievement of an erection.

Cialis Uses

Cialis 5 mg is taken across the globe by millions of men each day in order to alleviate erectile dysfunction. Results are generally favorable (hence the popularity of the drug) although the way Cialis works can vary greatly dependent on various circumstantial and biological factors which can vary from day to day and from person to person. For example, subtle differences in the food and drink you consume can make all the difference in terms of the efficacy of the drug. With this in mind, it makes sense to understand how Cialis works before taking it.

Cialis was initially developed as a treatment for pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure within the lungs). During clinical trials, a number of men suffering from ED reported an interesting Cialis side effect: they were able to get and maintain an erection. Since then, Cialis has been primarily marketed for this purpose.

Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding Cialis 40 mg pills is the idea that it automatically causes erections for prolonged periods of time. In reality, a man must be mentally stimulated before an erection is possible. When a male gets aroused, his body will release a chemical called nitric oxide. This converts to an enzyme called cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). The main function of cGMP is to help the muscle cells within the penis to relax. Once relaxed, the arteries within the penis become dilated and fill easily with blood. When sufficiently filled, an erection is achieved.

Can I Take It Without ED

Although there is anecdotal evidence that taking Cialis 10 mg recreationally can improve sexual experiences or prolong the ability to last in bed, there are currently no known studies in scientific journals which support this theory. Despite this, forums on the web are full of personal Cialis testimonies from both men and women who are convinced that recreational use has improved their lovemaking prowess.

Interactions of Cialis With…

Food

In an ideal world, Cialis 20mg should be taken between an hour and thirty minutes prior to having intercourse. This allows the body plenty of time to absorb the medication via the stomach and intestine into the bloodstream. If at all possible, Cialis should be taken without food.

You might be wondering about why Cialis consumption on an empty stomach is a good idea. Without getting too deep into the science behind how the body processes ED drugs, it essentially boils down to the fact that foods which are rich in proteins and fats will mean that Cialis will take longer to work.

Cialis is absorbed from the stomach. With a large amount of food intake, you will find that your Cialis tablet has to “queue” during the time your stomach digests the food, delaying the medication from getting to work.

That said, it might not always be feasible to avoid food before taking Cialis. You might, for example, be out on a date which involves a meal. If you can’t avoid mixing food and Cialis, it might be worthwhile choosing a lighter meal such as a salad or healthy soup in order to make the most of your medication.

Cialis and Grapefruit

Although many fruits can be enjoyed with Cialis, grapefruit and grapefruit juice cause a Cialis interaction with the drug and mixing both is not recommended. Although Cialis 2,5 mg will still work in terms of helping you with the physiological symptoms of erectile dysfunction, certain enzymes in the fruit prevent the breakdown of the medication in the body, resulting in a much larger uptake of Cialis. This then results in:

  • headaches;
  • flushing of the skin;
  • low blood pressure;
  • the potential to faint.

It therefore, makes sense to cut all grapefruit and grapefruit related products out of your diet prior to using Cialis – remember that certain foods can remain in the body for up to 48 hours, too.

Alcohol

Medical professionals advise that alcohol should generally be avoided when using PDE-5 inhibitors such as Cialis 60 mg. You may be wondering can I drink alcohol? While the answer isn’t a definite no, caution is advised. This is because alcohol has similar effects to Cialis in some respects, and taking the drug with alcohol increases the likelihood of unwanted side effects. Depending on your size, you may be able to enjoy one or two units of alcohol, but in order to get the most out of Cialis, doctors recommend abstaining altogether from alcohol.

Medications

Cialis is known to interact with hundreds of different medicines. The vast majority of these interactions are quite minor and aren’t really likely to cause too much stress or discomfort.

It’s worth bearing in mind that combining certain medications (such as nitrates) with Sildenafil is not advised, as this can potentially cause fatal side effects. The table below highlights some popular drugs and their interactions with Cialis.

Medication Interaction
Nitroglycerin Сauses blood pressure to fall rapidly
Omeprazole Increased blood levels of Tadalafil
Boceprevir Increased blood levels of Tadalafil
Clarithromycin Potentially increased blood levels of Cialis
Amoxycillin Potentially increased blood levels of Cialis

For complete clarification on how Cialis interacts with other medications, or to find out whether any medicines you are currently prescribed could potentially interact with Cialis, you should consult your doctor.

Antibiotics

If you are currently undertaking a course of antibiotics, you should avoid using Cialis until approximately a week after your course ends. Certain types of antibiotic have a longer half-life and will, therefore, remain in your system for longer. In order to ascertain whether it is safe to use Cialis, you should consider contacting a physician.

With Blood Pressure Pills

If you are wondering if you take Cialis with blood pressure medication, the answer is that it should be avoided. This is because the two drugs combined have the potential to cause an irregular heartbeat which can put unnecessary strain on the cardiovascular system, with potentially fatal consequences. On top of this, tablets which combat high blood pressure have similar effects to Cialis and could cause a potentially fatal drop in blood pressure (hypotension). In the event of this occurring, the patient should be placed in the recovery position and medical assistance should be sought immediately.

Dapoxetine

One similar issue to erectile dysfunction is premature ejaculation. As a matter of fact, some people find that although Cialis enables them to get an erection, they find that premature ejaculation then becomes an issue. In order to combat this, Cialis can be combined with a drug called Dapoxetine, a form of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor. These are among the most popular antidepressants on the market today and come with very little side effects. Because of this, they are frequently used for ‘off label’ issues like premature ejaculation. It is actually possible to get a combination compound of Cialis and Dapoxetine known as Tadapox.

Tamsulosin

Recent studies have suggested that Cialis may be beneficial in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, particularly in conjunction with (or in place of) tamsulosin. The two combined help to make the flow of urination much easier. Although studies are in their early days, it is hoped Cialis can play an active role in the management of BPH symptoms.

Cialis and Nitrates

Nitrates used for angina and chest pain do not interact well with Cialis and should be avoided completely. Recreational drugs containing amyl nitrate (often known as poppers) should not be inhaled when taking Cialis, as the potential to cause a fatal drop in blood pressure is incredibly high.

Those with stable angina may be able to make use of Cialis for erectile problems, but it is imperative to contact a doctor to monitor your health before doing so. Did you know that we supply free samples of Cialis?