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Sildenafil (generic Viagra®) is the most commonly prescribed treatment for erectile dysfunction, but it’s far from the only available option. Depending on your needs, preferences and recommendations from a medical professional, tadalafil can be effective in improving sexual performance. 

Tadalafil is available in a variety of available dosages. The standard 10mg tablet begins to take effect in as early as 30 minutes. Conveniently, the effects of one 10mg dose can last for up to 36 hours—another one of tadalafil’s appeals. But for men who live more on the spontaneous side and find taking a pill before sex intrustive to their overall love life, a once-daily alternative exists. 

What is daily-dose tadalafil?

The lower-dose tadafanil is usually prescribed to men who have sex more than twice per week. The longer lasting effects of the standard 10mg dose can allow for sexual enjoyment within the 24-36 hour window, but might not be sufficient if the plan is to have sex more than a couple times a week. Hence, 5mg tadalafil is taken on a daily basis whether or not the person plans to engage in sexual activity. 

The benefits

The convenience factor

If you can remember to brush your teeth everyday, you can remember to take your tadalafil. Taking one pill every morning—no matter what you may or may not get up to in the evening—can be a simpler approach to improving sexual performance than synchronizing a regular dose of tadalafil to your love life. 

The spontaneity factor

Everyone has a different definition of romance. If yours includes scheduling time to take medicine, then 10mg tadalafil could work just fine. But for those who want to be ready for romance at any time, daily tadalafil allows for that. 

The side effect factor

There are several side effects associated with erectile dysfunction medications like tadalafil, sildenafil and vardenafil. Opting for a daily dose of tadalafil could result in fewer severe side effects by virtue of its lower dosage. 

The drawbacks 

The side effect factor

While you may not experience side effects as acutely using the daily dose as opposed to the regular dose, you could potentially experience them more often, given that the active ingredient is in your bloodstream almost constantly. Common mild side effects are muscle and joint aches and pains, headache and heartburn. A complete list of mild and more serious side effects can be found here

The delay factor

It usually takes three-to-five days of taking daily tadalafil before it starts to work. If you and a medical professional decide that the daily approach is the right one, know that it will take a few days to kick in. 

Always on-guard factor 

The good news about tadalafil—in daily or regular doses—is that it has proven to be effective. But taking tadalifil every day means effectively having the active ingredient in your bloodstream at all times. Just when you thought the days of hiding inopportune erections were reserved for your early teens, daily tadalafil does increase the potential of becoming aroused when you might not want to be. 

Is it right for you? 

At the end of the day, your desired outcomes and the support of a qualified health professional will determine which, if any, erectile dysfunction medication is right for you. As it pertains to daily dose tadalafil versus a 10mg dose—or choosing different medication altogether—here are some factors to consider.

How frequently do you plan on having sex? 

If you have sex twice a week or less, the daily dose might not be necessary. If you plan on having sex more often than that, a daily dosage might be your best bet

How important is spontaneous sex?

If you know approximately when you’ll be having sex, then taking a 10mg pill 30 minutes to an hour prior to sexual activity might not be overly burdensome. But if sponetanous sex is part of the enjoyment for you, the 5mg daily pill could work better. 

Are you experiencing side effects from your current ED medication?

If you’re experiencing side effects from a 10mg dose of tadalafil or other medications, lowering to a 5mg dosage could help relieve some of them. 

What other medications are you taking? 

There are several common medications that can interact with tadalafil and create complications. It is vitally important to share all of your current medications with a healthcare professional before taking daily tadalafil or any other ED medications. 

How much alcohol do you consume? 

Daily tadalafil can cause a drop in blood pressure if you consume five or more drinks. A sudden drop in blood pressure can result in feelings of dizziness, headaches and even fainting. Heavy drinkers should be extra cautious when taking daily tadalafil and, as always, need to consult a doctor before taking it. 

What’s next?

If you and your medical professional decide that tadalafil—daily or otherwise—is right for you, then you’ll have access to an effective treatment that might help you on your way to improving sexual performance. 

Other medications like sildenafil and vardenafil can also be effective in treating erectile dysfunction if tadalafil isn’t the right fit for you. The first step in figuring out what you need to treat erectile dysfunction should be to contact a doctor. 

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