Can you take Cialis and Alcohol?

Wednesday 9 February 2022
Cialis
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Table of Contents


I. How Alcohol Affects the Body

II. Cialis Side Effects with Alcohol

III. What to Drink to Last Longer in Bed

IV. How to Get Maximum Effect from Cialis


Tadalafil (generic Cialis) is a market leader in erectile dysfunction treatment and is a popular medication for men around the world. Extensive studies show that tadalafil significantly improves symptoms compared to a placebo. [1]

Cialis is also available in different dosages, so patients have the choice of taking this medication daily or as needed. Cialis is well-tolerated and effective, but drinking alcohol while on this ED drug can lead to adverse outcomes. Read on to learn more about the relationship between Cialis and alcohol.

How Alcohol Affects the Body

To understand why Cialis and alcohol do not mix, it is important to know how alcohol affects the body. Excessive drinking can negatively impact the brain, heart, and liver. Alcohol can disrupt the communication pathways in the brain, leading to mood and behavioral changes.

Disruptions in the brain may also affect motor skills and clear thinking. Alcohol abuse can cause cardiomyopathy, irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), and low blood pressure (hypotension). The liver also takes a toll from heavy drinking, and conditions like cirrhosis, fibrosis, and alcoholic hepatitis are common in alcohol-dependent individuals.

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The brain, heart, and liver play critical roles in sexual function. Arousal begins when visual or physical stimulation activates the brain, which then sends signals through the central nervous system to ready the body for sexual activity. The blood vessels in the body then dilate, and the pressure of blood flowing into the penis creates an erection. If you take Cialis to aid with this process, the liver must function properly to metabolize tadalafil. An impaired liver does not break down Cialis effectively, leading to dangerously high levels of tadalafil in the bloodstream.

Cialis works by dilating the blood vessels and promoting blood flow, an effect that can slightly lower your blood pressure. Alcohol decreases your blood pressure as well, meaning that drinking too much while taking Cialis can cause your blood pressure to drop too low. [2]

Common side effects of Cialis include headache, back pain, and flushing. Alcohol may worsen these side effects and cause further adverse events. Low blood pressure is a serious medical condition, so you may want to avoid heavy drinking when tadalafil is in your system.

Cialis and Alcohol

Low blood pressure caused by combining Cialis and alcohol can lead to fatigue, nausea, and lack of concentration. In older people, low blood pressure tends to cause confusion. Taking Cialis 5 mg with alcohol may also lead to extreme hypotension, indicated by a weak and rapid pulse, shallow breathing, and pale skin. Alcohol may also cause dehydration, leading to severe complications if left untreated.

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If you experience any indication of low blood pressure, you may want to contact your doctor as soon as possible. Early treatment of hypotension is important to avoid extreme low blood pressure, which may result in shock. Going into shock is a life-threatening condition that requires emergency medical attention. If you have low blood pressure but do not drink, your doctor may adjust your Cialis dosage to prevent any adverse outcomes.

What to Drink to Last Longer in Bed

Having too many drinks with Cialis leads to hypotension and dehydration, which may cause poor sexual performance. Swapping alcohol with water can improve erectile function in many ways. Firstly, water hydrates every organ in your body and increases your energy levels. Water also increases your blood volume, increasing blood flow to the penis for a stronger erection.

Finally, water does not cause dizziness or the loss of concentration, meaning your intimate time will be unaffected by side effects. If you still opt for an alcoholic beverage before sex, learn when to take Cialis for best results. 

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How to Get Maximum Effect from Cialis

Tadalafil works for up to 36 hours, but not taking Cialis properly can significantly reduce this working time. [3] Avoiding (or drinking less) alcohol is one step to maximizing the benefits of Cialis. Preventing drug interactions and taking the right dosage is just as important for Cialis to work effectively.

Talk to your doctor if you have more questions like: how does Cialis work? Erectile dysfunction is not a normal part of aging, and men who are experiencing erection troubles should see if Cialis is a suitable medication. Local pharmacies that sell Cialis price this medication quite high, but you can save on Cialis by filling your prescription at Canada Pharmacy Depot today.

The content in this article is intended for informational purposes only. This website does not provide medical advice. In all circumstances, you should always seek the advice of your physician and/or other qualified health professionals(s) for drug, medical condition, or treatment advice. The content provided on this website is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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