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Cialis® (tadalafil)

Cialis (tadalafil) is an oral tablet that is taken before sexual activity to treat male erectile dysfunction, or impotence. It was developed by the biotechnology firm ICOS and marketed worldwide by Eli Lilly and Company. Cialis works by enhancing the effects of one of the chemicals the body normally releases into the penis during sexual arousal. This allows an increase of blood flow into the penis. Cialis is different from other currently approved products for erectile dysfunction in that it stays in the body longer.

Why is Cialis prescribed?

Cialis is prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction in men for increased and/or elongated sexual activity.

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What are the FDA approved uses for Cialis?

Cialis was approved by the FDA in 2003 for the treatment of men who experience difficulty having and maintaining an erection, or impotence.

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What are the side effects of Cialis?

The most common side effects when using Cialis are headache, indigestion, back pain, muscle aches, flushing, stuffy or runny nose, and abnormal vision. These side effects usually go away after a few hours. Back pain and muscle aches can occur 12 to 24 hours after taking the drug and the symptoms usually disappears after 48 hours.

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Cialis warnings and alerts

In May 2005, the FDA found that the use of tadalafil could lead to blindness and the loss of vision in certain patient groups. Thus, the FDA approved new labels for Cialis to include information on possible eyesight loss, also known as non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION). NAION causes a sudden loss of eyesight because blood flow becomes blocked to the optic nerve. Cialis also has been reported to cause blood pressure to drop suddenly to an unsafe level if it is taken with any nitrate medication or with any alpha-blocker medication. Further complications can include hypotension, myocardial infarction, ventricular arrhythmias, sudden death, and stroke.

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Cialis drug contradictions

Cialis is contraindicated in patients who take nitric oxide donors, organic nitrites and nitrates, such as glyceryl trinitrate (nitroglycerin), sodium nitroprusside, and amyl nitrite, or ‘poppers,’ in men for whom sexual intercourse is inadvisable due to cardiovascular risk factors, severe hepatic impairment (decreased liver function), severe impairment in renal function, hypotension (low blood pressure), recent stroke or heart attack, and hereditary degenerative retinal disorders (including genetic disorders of retinal phosphodiesterases).

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Cialis FAQs

What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a condition where the penis does not harden and expand when a man is sexually excited, or when he cannot keep an erection.

Are their people who are at a higher risk for NAION?

People who have a higher chance for NAION include those who:

  • Have heart disease
  • Are over 50 years old
  • Have diabetes
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Smoke
  • Have certain eye problems

Can I file a lawsuit if I have suffered damages from taking Cialis?

Possibly. While all medications have certain, anticipated side effects, a drug manufacturer has a duty to inform physicians adequately regarding the known risks associated with its drugs. If a manufacturer fails to do so, it can be held responsible to patients who are injured as the result of inadequate warnings, under a legal theory known as “product liability.” Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Emotional distress

If you or a loved one has experienced any health problems while taking Cialis, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced Cialis lawyer to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.

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