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Image courtesy of [renjith krishnan] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

They say that time waits for no man. As a man gets older, he will no doubt notice some things changing- probably slowly, but inexorably. Appearances change- hair may thin, jowls may sag and you may find it more difficult to stay trim and not put on excess weight. Physically a man’s body changes too. Eyesight may fade a little, and you may find it harder to walk up that hill without getting out of breath. In the past, older men have also looked upon ED (Erectile Dysfunction; the inability to achieve and maintain a penile erection during sex) in this way.  But that was then and this is now.  It is no longer the case that because you are getting older, you are not entitled to have a full and fun sex life.  ED is a very common condition for men over a certain age. But the good news is that it is treatable, and treatable both quickly and easily in the great majority of cases. Welcome to Cialis- a tried and tested drug that is used to treat ED.

Cialis has an active ingredient known as Tadalafil. Tadalafil belongs to a group of medications called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors. It helps to achieve and maintain an erection sufficient for sexual activity to occur and 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. You have to want to have sex to begin with. But if you do, then it has been proven to work, and work well, for the majority of men. It is taken in tablet form, with a glass of water, an hour before sexual activity. It well last for at least four hours, and many men report that is still has the desires effect for up to 24 hours after  being taken.

However, like all drugs, Cialis can have side effects and it is important to be aware of these before you start taking Cialis. You can discuss these possible side effects with your doctor when he or she prescribes Cialis. But before talking to your doctor, you can begin by learning more about what you may experience (but also remember that many men experience no side effects whatsoever).

First, the most serious side effects are those that might be caused by an allergic reaction to the active ingredient in Cialis, tadalafil: These are difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. Although such side effects are extremely rare, if they do occur then get immediate emergency help.

If you become disoriented, dizzy or nauseated during sexual activity, you should stop taking Cialis and contact your doctor for medical advice. Do the same if you have pain, numbness, uncharacteristic sweating or a tingling in your chest, arms, neck, or jaw, or any general feeling of being unwell. Stop your sexual activity and call your doctor right away.

Other side effects that some people experience are presented here. Depending on the severity you may want to contact your doctor right away.

  • changes in vision or sudden vision loss;
  • a ringing in your ears, or difficulties in hearing;
  • irregular heartbeat;
  • swelling in your hands or feet;
  • feeling light-headed or close to fainting;
  • redness or warmth in your face, neck, or chest;
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, or sore throat;
  • headache;
  • memory issues- forgetfulness;
  • diarrhoea, upset stomach;
  • muscle pain, or
  • an erection lasting beyond 4 hours.

These may seem alarming, but are only experienced by a minority or Cialis takers, and many men experience no side effects whatsoever.  Some men may experience a very mild side effect, but you should still let your doctor know what the effects have been, even if you intend to carry on with the tablets.