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How to Take Cialis Daily vs. As Needed

Wednesday 9 February 2022
Cialis
4 minute(s) read
Dr.Stanley Zaslau

Medically reviewed by

Dr Stanley Zaslau, MD

on 22 September 2022


Table of Contents 


I. Cialis daily

II. Cialis as needed 

III. How long does it take for Cialis to work?

IV. How long does Cialis last?


A significant benefit of generic Cialis is its flexible dosing options and varying dosage strengths. Men may take other erectile dysfunction drugs as needed, but you can take Cialis daily as well.

Having both options is extremely convenient for many men because it caters to traditional dosing methods while opening up the possibility of spontaneous sexual activity. Read on to learn about your options and find out which dosing method is right for your lifestyle.

Cialis Daily

So, your doctor has determined that Cialis is suitable for you because of its flexible dosing options. But how do once-daily and as-needed dosing differ, and how does Cialis work? Once-daily Cialis is for men who do not want to plan ahead for sexual activity. Taking Cialis daily means there will always be tadalafil in your system. Constantly having tadalafil in your blood means you can achieve an erection at any time. This is very reassuring for men with ED.

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If you choose this option, your doctor will likely prescribe a lower dose such as 2.5 mg to keep your risk of side effects low. Taking your daily Cialis tablet at approximately the same time each day can help maintain a consistent concentration in your bloodstream.

If 2.5 mg of Cialis is not helping your ED symptoms, 5 mg is also approved for once daily use. Your doctor will assess your tolerability and adjust your prescription accordingly.

Cialis is also approved to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The recommended treatment for BPH is 5 mg once daily. This treatment is often combined with finasteride to increase efficacy.

Cialis As Needed

If you prefer as-needed use, your doctor may prescribe 10 mg to start. Depending on your reaction to this dosage, your doctor may increase your prescription to 20 mg or decrease it to 5 mg of Cialis. Finding the right dosage for you is important, and you will want to take the lowest dose possible that achieves the intended results.

Because as-needed Cialis comes in higher doses, it is important to avoid taking more than one dose per day. Following your doctor’s directions lowers your risk of side effects. Too much tadalafil in your body can cause low blood pressure and prolonged erections. These are dangerous side effects because they may result in fainting or permanent tissue damage in the penis.

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How Long Does it Take for Cialis to Work?

When you begin Cialis for daily use, you can expect benefits in as little as 30 minutes. If you take daily Cialis there is no waiting time before it starts to work. If you take Cialis as needed, you will usually need to take it approximately 30 minutes before you plan on having sex.

Taking Cialis two hours before sexual activity can maximize results. Studies show that tadalafil takes two hours to reach its maximum concentration. [1] Giving this ED drug enough time to work is important to ensure everything goes smoothly.

How Long Does Cialis Last?

While most erectile dysfunction drugs on the market last up to 8 hours, Cialis can work for up to 36 hours, making it the longest-lasting ED medication available. This was proven in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 483 men with ED. After a 6-week assessment and a 6-month extension, researchers found that both the 10 mg and 20 mg increased the success rate of sexual intercourse attempts within the 36-hour window. [2]

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Because Cialis works for a long time and can stay in your body for approximately two days, it is important to avoid taking drugs that interact with tadalafil while it is still in your system. It can be easy to forget you took Cialis a few days ago, but antifungals, antibiotics, nitrates, and many other medications do not mix well with tadalafil and can lead to severe side effects. Cialis and alcohol also have a tricky relationship. Heavy drinking can interact with tadalafil and lower your blood pressure to dangerous levels. [3]

You may prefer as-needed dosing to avoid interactions with other medications you take daily. On the other hand, taking Cialis daily takes planning out of the equation, and you will never be unprepared for sex. No matter which dosing method you choose, you can save up to 90 percent on your ED medications through an online Canadian pharmacy like Canada Pharmacy Depot.

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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