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How long does Cialis last?

19th February 2020

Cialis is a brand name for the generic Tadalafil, which is an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. It’s used by men all over the world and is a popular alternative to the famous Viagra.

How long does Cialis last?

Cialis was the third PDE5 inhibitor drug approved for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, after Viagra (Sildenafil) and Levitra (Vardenafil). However, unlike its competitors, Cialis has a much longer window of effectiveness.

Viagra and Levitra should each be taken approximately 30 minutes before you want to have sex and the drug will remain active in your system for 4-5 hours after that. That doesn’t mean your erection will last that long; it means that it can assist you with any erections you do get within that window.

However, Cialis boasts a 36 hour window of effectiveness. This means that after taking it, the drug can assist with any erections for the next 36 hours. It's this time window that has earned Cialis the nickname of “the weekend pill”.

How does Cialis work?

Tadalafil (the active ingredient in Cialis) is a phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitor, which means that it blocks the action of PDE5.

When a man gets an erection, the blood vessels that carry blood to the penis dilate and the penis fills with blood. Simultaneously, the blood vessels that carry blood away from the penis contract, which holds the blood in the penis and sustains the erection.

The control of the dilation and contraction of the blood vessels is done by a substance called cGMP. For men who have healthy erections and don’t suffer with erectile dysfunction, the process stops there. 

However, for men who suffer from ED, a substance called PDE5 destroys cGMP, which causes the blood vessels in the penis to return to normal and the erection ends.

This is why Cialis (Tadalafil) is an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction - because the drug blocks the action of PDE5 and enables a man to maintain his erection for much longer.

Does Cialis cause an erection without stimulation?

Cialis is an extremely effective drug and is hailed by men everywhere who struggle to get or maintain an erection. However, it’s not a magic pill and taking Cialis will not cause an instantaneous erection all on its own.

When taking any erectile dysfunction medication, you will also need sexual stimulation in order for the drug to work. Cialis works by relaxing the blood vessels in the penis and blocking the substance that causes you to lose an erection. It does not cause an erection in the first place though, so you’ll still need sexual excitement in order to get things moving.

If you’re suffering with not actually feeling in the mood for sex (low libido) then you should discuss this with your doctor. Often, erectile dysfunction is linked to other health conditions or ailments, and suffering from erectile dysfunction and low libido can be a sign of low testosterone.

Cialis Daily

Although Cialis already has a large window of effectiveness, it still requires a small amount of forward-planning (it needs to be taken 1-2 hours before sex). For men who would rather be able to have spontaneous sex whenever the opportunity arises, there is the option of Cialis Daily.

Most erectile dysfunction medication is designed to be taken on an as-and-when basis, however, Cialis Daily (as the name suggests) is taken once a day. Whereas normal Cialis tablets are available in 10mg and 20mg strengths, there are also low-dose 2.5mg or 5mg tablets that can be taken once a day (at the same time each day).

Cialis Daily keeps a low dose of Tadalafil active in your system so that it can assist with any spontaneous sex and stop erectile dysfunction from getting in your way.

How to buy Cialis

Currently, all kinds of Cialis and Cialis Daily are only available on prescription. However, you don’t need an existing prescription to order these from UK Meds, you can simply fill out an online consultation and wait for the treatment to be delivered straight to your door.