Liquid Cialis: An Ultimate Guide

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Written by the UPGUYS Editorial Team
Published on June 20, 2022

Did you know that Canadian men reported having 23 partners, on average, over a lifetime? By contrast, women noted a lower number, averaging ten partners.

Unfortunately, having a partner doesn't equate to having an active, enjoyable sex life. And that's what a University of Waterloo study found in its study published in 2019. Of the participating couples, 39% of men said that the frequency of sex was a relationship issue.

Erectile dysfunction (ED), in turn, is a common culprit behind sex life woes. After all, it can prevent successful erections.

Fortunately, liquid Cialis prescribed by a licensed physician may help.

But what exactly is this prescription drug? How does it work, and what side effects may it cause?

We'll answer those questions below, so read on to learn more about this liquid medication.

In this article, we talk about the following:

  • What is Cialis or tadalafil?
  • What is liquid Cialis?
  • Why use liquid Cialis?
  • How does it work?
  • How long do its effects last?
  • What are available liquid Cialis doses?
  • How do you use liquid Cialis?
  • How much liquid Cialis should you use?
  • What precautions should you take?
  • What are potential liquid tadalafil side effects?
  • How to manage Cialis' side effects?

What Is Cialis or Tadalafil?

Cialis is the brand-name version of the generic oral medication called tadalafil. Doctors may prescribe it to patients with erectile dysfunction (ED). ED, in turn, is a condition causing an inability to achieve or maintain an erection for sex.

Aside from ED, doctors also prescribe Cialis for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It's a condition wherein the prostate swells or grows in size due to cell overgrowth. It's non-cancerous, but it affects almost all men aged 70 or older.

What Then Is Liquid Cialis?

Prescription Cialis or tadalafil is most commonly available in tablet form. It's the standard form of the drug.

However, you can get liquid Cialis or liquid tadalafil with a valid prescription. As the term suggests, it's a liquid form of the medication.

This article is written for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information provided in the articles cannot and should not replace advice from a healthcare professional. Talk to your healthcare provider about any physical or mental health concerns or the risks and benefits of any treatment or medication.

Why Use Liquid Cialis?

You might be wondering why there's a liquid version of Cialis if it's available in tablet form. One reason is that the drug may be too difficult to swallow for some people. It's not tiny, after all.

Another reason is that inactive ingredients used in tablets may be allergens. An example in Cialis is lactose monohydrate, a filler that helps bind the active drug. Unfortunately, people with lactose intolerance cannot handle anything with lactose.

Lactose intolerance is common in Canada, affecting an estimated seven million people. And if you're one of them, you may experience adverse reactions to Cialis or tadalafil tablets. For example, you may develop belly cramps, gas, diarrhea, bloating, or nausea.

In that case, please tell your ED doctor about your allergies. Your physician may then prescribe you the liquid form of the medication.

How Does It Work?

Like other erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra, Cialis is also a PDE-5 inhibitor. As the term suggests, PDE-5 inhibitors inhibit PDE-5, a type of enzyme found in the body. PDE-5 plays many roles in physiological processes, such as those in smooth muscles.

Unfortunately, PDE-5 may affect how the penis works and becomes erect. The good news is that blocking the enzyme may prevent it from working. That may then lead to the blood vessels being able to relax or widen to allow more blood to enter.

Liquid tadalafil or Cialis may also enhance the effects of nitric oxide (NO) found in the body. NO, in turn, plays a role in blood vessel activity and erections, according to scientists. Thus, boosting its effects may help make erections easier to achieve and maintain.

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How Long Do Its Effects Last?

One of the primary benefits of Cialis, liquid or tablet, is its long half-life. Of all PDE-5 inhibitors prescribed by doctors for ED, it has the most prolonged effect.

Half-life refers to the time it takes to halve a drug's active substance that remains in the body. Tadalafil has a half-life of 17.5 hours, meaning it takes 36 hours to eliminate it from the body completely.

What Are Available Liquid Cialis Doses?

The dosages for Cialis or tadalafil tablets don't differ from the liquid form. There are also no variances in their side effects, use, and mode of action.

Thus, you can get Cialis or tadalafil in doses of 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, or 20 mg, whether in tablet or liquid form.

How Do You Use Liquid Cialis?

Always use a dropper to take the correct liquid tadalafil or Cialis dosage. This tiny device usually comes with your liquid medication. You'll see numbers and lines in it representing the dosage amounts.

Once your dropper is ready, fill it up to the level prescribed by your doctor. Then, gently squeeze the device to make it release the drug into your mouth. Try to aim the dropper's hole between the tongue and the cheek to avoid spilling any of the liquid.

How Much Liquid Cialis Should You Use?

Your physician will prescribe a specific amount of liquid tadalafil you need to take. Please follow your doctor's instructions, as you don't want to raise your risks of side effects.

As a general guideline, though, most doctors start first-time patients on a 2.5 mg dose. If your physician goes this route, you may also have to take the liquid medication daily.

Read more: Cialis Side Effects

Since it's the lowest dose, it might not give you your desired results. In that case, tell your doctor that it's not helping with your symptoms. Your physician may then bump your daily dosage to 5 mg.

If your doctor puts you on a daily liquid tadalafil dose, they may also tell you to take it at around the same time each day.

However, your physician may also tell you to take liquid Cialis or tadalafil only as needed. The standard dosage for occasional use of the medication is typically 10 mg. In this scenario, taking the drug two hours before your planned sexual activity is vital.

What Precautions Should You Take?

Although Cialis works for many people who take it, it's still a drug, so precautions are necessary. Follow these measures, and they may help reduce side effects. They may also help prevent the medicine from failing or taking longer to kick in.

Never Increase Dosage Without Doctor's Consent

Remember: It can take up to two hours for Cialis taken as needed to take effect. Thus, ensure you give the drug adequate time to work. Please don't take another dose even if your first liquid tadalafil dose doesn't work.

If you've been taking liquid Cialis as directed for a week or more to no avail, then that's the time you can call the doctor. Your physician may already have to increase your dosage. Your healthcare provider may also consider switching you to another ED medication.

Know Which Drugs Interact With Tadalafil

Nitrate drugs include isosorbide dinitrate, isosorbide mononitrate, and nitroglycerin. Doctors prescribe these medications to help with vasodilation or blood vessel widening.

Keep in mind that PDE-5 inhibitors also work by widening blood vessels. Thus, taking them with nitrates can cause a significant decrease in blood pressure.

Aside from nitrate, please don't take alpha-blockers if you're also on tadalafil. These include doxazosin and tamsulosin, which can interact with Cialis. Taking them together can also result in dangerously low blood pressure.

Certain antibiotics, such as clarithromycin, erythromycin, or telithromycin, may also interact with tadalafil. They can raise blood levels of Cialis, which may trigger low blood pressure. Some patients may even experience priapism (prolonged, painful erections).

By contrast, other antibiotics, such as rifampin, may reduce blood levels of tadalafil. That can result in a decrease in the liquid medication's efficacy.

Don't Take Other PDE-5 Inhibitors

If you're already on Cialis, you shouldn't take other PDE-5 inhibitors. These include Viagra (sildenafil) and Levitra (vardenafil). Taking them together may result in more side effects and more severe adverse effects.

Skip the Grapefruit

In the small intestine is an enzyme known as CYP3A4. This compound helps break down many types of medications, including Cialis.

Enter grapefruit and grapefruit juice, which, in turn, block CYP3A4 activity. That action can inhibit the enzyme's ability to metabolize drugs. As a result, more of the medication enters the bloodstream and remains in the body longer.

Ultimately, that can lead to the drug, for instance, liquid tadalafil, being in your body. That can increase the number and severity of the side effects of Cialis.

So, please avoid consuming grapefruit or its juice before or after taking Cialis.

Mind the Alcohol

Alcohol, like tadalafil and nitrate drugs, is a vasodilator. Therefore, taking alcohol and liquid Cialis may lead to orthostatic hypotension. It's a condition characterized by a temporary but sudden decrease in blood pressure.

A sudden fall in blood pressure can then cause symptoms like dizziness and fainting.

You don't want either in bed, so it's best to limit your alcohol intake if you're about to take Cialis.

Avoid High Fat Foods

Heavy meals packed with high-fat foods can give you indigestion and heartburn. Moreover, their consumption before liquid Cialis (and sex) may affect the drug's efficacy. A full stomach coated with grease may also lead to tadalafil taking longer to kick in.

You can always eat before taking your Cialis dose, but it's best to stick to light meals.

Read more: Cialis Warnings & Precautions

What Are Potential Liquid Tadalafil Side Effects?

All medications, even OTC ones, can induce adverse side effects. So, as you can imagine, prescription drugs can do too, especially since they're more potent. Thus, it pays to be aware of the potential side effects of liquid Cialis before taking your dose.

Some of the most common but temporary adverse effects of tadalafil are the following:

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Indigestion or upset stomach
  • Nasal congestion

Fortunately, those effects become less severe as more of the drug gets metabolized. So that's another reason to avoid grapefruit or grapefruit juice.

In some people, more severe side effects may occur, such as:

  • Sudden and severe dizziness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Angina or chest pain
  • Vision problems like blurriness or colour changes
  • Hearing problems like tinnitus or aural fullness
  • Priapism or erection that lasts for more than four hours

How likely you are to experience those symptoms depend on your prescription adherence. Having existing health conditions and your overall health may also influence side effects.

How To Manage Cialis' Side Effects?

If you experience headaches or pain, your doctor may advise you to take OTC pain relievers. These may include acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Aleve). These over-the-counter pain medications don't interact with Cialis.

What if you experience nasal congestion or a feeling of "fullness" in your nasal area? In that case, don't worry, as it's only a temporary side effect. It usually fades by itself as the body metabolizes more of the medication.

As for indigestion and heartburn, both are usually manageable with increased water intake. Your doctor may also have you take over-the-counter antacids to help ease the symptoms.

For more severe side effects, such as angina or hypotension, please tell your doctor ASAP. Your physician may have to prescribe a lower dose or switch you to another ED medication.

Get a Prescription for Liquid Cialis

Now you know that liquid Cialis or tadalafil is a drug prescribed by doctors mostly for ED. However, healthcare professionals may use it to help treat patients with BPH.

In either case, Cialis is a drug you can only safely obtain with a doctor's prescription.

So if you think liquid tadalafil or Cialis may be a good option for your case, speak to a doctor now. Our team here at UPGUYS can help by connecting you to a licensed Canadian physicist. You can also check our product page or blog for more informative articles.




Disclaimer
This article is written for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information provided in the articles cannot and should not replace advice from a healthcare professional. Talk to your healthcare provider about any physical or mental health concerns or the risks and benefits of any treatment or medication.