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How Long Does It Take Daily Cialis Therapy to Start Working?

Highlights

  • How long does it take daily Cialis to start working? Usually four or five days.
  • Daily Cialis is an effective solution for many men who want to be more ready for spontaneous sex.
  • If you have been taking daily Cialis for more than five days with no effect, you should speak with your doctor.
  • Some men may need their daily dosage adjusted, but only a licensed physician is qualified to consult on this issue.

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You’re excited to try a new medication solution and wondering how long it takes daily Cialis to start working. Maybe you’re tired of taking a pill that only works for a short time, and you’d like to be more spontaneous with your sex life. Daily Cialis therapy could be for you. [Español]

What Is Cialis?

Cialis, also sold as the generic medication tadalafil, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) in 2003. For almost twenty years, men have used Cialis to effectively treat their ED. 

Cialis works by helping your body increase blood flow to your penis, a necessary step in the process of getting and maintaining an erection. Like other ED medications, Cialis works by increasing the effects of one of the chemicals that your body uses to tell your system to get ready for sex. 

Cialis is an oral medication that men can take before sexual activity, with or without food. When you take Cialis before sex, it normally takes between 30 to 60 minutes to gain effectiveness.

Cialis is different from other ED medications, such as Viagra or Levitra, because it stays in the body longer. While Viagra can allow men to achieve and maintain an erection for four to six hours, Cialis improves most men’s erectile function for up to 18 hours and can last up to 36 hours. Keep in mind, however, that these times will vary from person to person.

A standard 20 milligram dose of on-demand Cialis or tadalafil may be taken once, up to a day before sexual intercourse. Another option, however, is for men to take a smaller dose — 2.5 or 5 milligrams — every day.

Next, we’ll answer your most frequently asked questions about daily Cialis.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Daily Cialis Use

How is Cialis for daily use different from other erectile dysfunction medications?

Not all sexual encounters are planned ahead of time. Sometimes, you and your partner may find the moment right, the atmosphere perfect, or the mood especially romantic. In these cases, you don’t want to have to wait for your medicine to kick in before you can really enjoy sex. 

Most ED drugs, including the on-demand version of Cialis, require you to take the medication when you think you may become sexually active. You may need to plan for a waiting period before the medication begins working. You may also need to plan your medication use around meals. This makes it hard to be spontaneous and be ready in the moment. 

While Cialis for daily use works in a similar way to other ED medications, you take it at a lower prescribed dose every day. These 2.5 or 5 milligram doses work to increase your ability to achieve an erection anytime you are sexually aroused, without having to wait for an on-demand medication to kick in. The long half-life means the smaller daily dose “tops off” the medication in your body to maintain a steady level.

How long does it take daily Cialis to start working?

Daily Cialis (or tadalafil) is a lower-dose medication, unlike Viagra, which works relatively quickly but over a period of several hours. When you take low-dose Cialis daily, you reap the benefits of the medication for a long time, but you need to be patient at the beginning. Cialis for daily use can take four to five days to begin maintaining a continuously effective dose in your body. 

It’s important to remember that every man is different and it may be necessary for you to visit with your doctor more than once to change your dosage or make other adjustments. For example, if your doctor starts you at the 2.5 milligram level, you may find that you need to increase that to 5 milligrams a day.

Can you take both daily Cialis and on-demand Cialis for a “boost”?

No, you can’t take more than one ED medication, even if they’re the same product. Because you can’t take both forms of the medication together, you will need to choose between daily and single-dose Cialis. 

If you would prefer not to take an ED medication every day, the on-demand, single-dose version may be a better choice for you. It lasts for up to 36 hours (perfect for a romantic weekend!) and may work in as little as 30 minutes. 

However, if you have a particularly active sex life, you may prefer the low-dose, daily version so you don’t need to think about your medication in advance of intimacy.

What are the side effects of Cialis?

The side effects of Cialis and tadalafil are similar to those that men experience with Viagra, but there are some differences.

For both medications, the most common side effects included:

  • Stuffy nose and congestion
  • Headache
  • Back and muscle pain
  • Skin flushing and redness

Side effects commonly seen with Viagra (but not Cialis) include:

  • Dizziness
  • Changes in vision
  • Skin rashes

Side effects commonly seen with Cialis (but not Viagra) include:

  • Limb pain
  • Indigestion

For men who suffer from erectile dysfunction, the choice of which medication is best is a question that can only be answered by a doctor. Each man is different, and each man’s needs will vary. 

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Are you ready to try Cialis?

Do you have questions about Cialis for daily use or need to speak to a doctor? eDrugstore.com is here for you. We offer free online consultations with U.S.-licensed physicians who can help you determine which medication and which dosage are right for you. 

Visit our erectile dysfunction page to learn more about your lifestyle medication options, or call us at 1-800-467-5146 and get ready to fire up your sex life!

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