Cialis ® 20mg film-coated tablets
The active substance is tadalafil. Each tablets of Cialis ® contains 20mg of tadalafil. The other ingredients are:
Tablet Core: lactose monohydrate, croscarmellose sodium, hydroxyproplycellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium laurilsulfate, magnesium stearate.
Film-Coat: lactose monohydrate, hypromellose, triacetin, titanium dioxide (E171), iron oxide yellow (E172), talc.
WHAT CIALIS IS AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR:
Cialis ® comes as yellow film-coated tablets. They are in the shape of almonds and have "C 20" marked on one side. These tablets are available in blister packs containing 2, 4 or 8 tablets.
Cialis ® is a treatment for men with erectile dysfunction. This is when a man cannot get, or keep a hard, erect penis suitable for sexual activity.
Cialis ® belongs to a group of medicines called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors. Following sexual stimulation Cialis ® works by helping the blood vessels in your penis to relax, allowing the flow of blood into your penis. The result of this is improved erectile function. Cialis ® will not help you if you do not have erectile dysfunction. It is important to note that Cialis ® does not work if there is no sexual stimulation. You and your partner will need to engage in foreplay, just as you would if you were not taking a medicine for erectile dysfunction.
BEFORE YOU TAKE CIALIS
DO NOT TAKE CIALIS:
Take Special care with Cialis ®
Sexual activity carries a possible risk to patients with heart disease because it puts an extra strain on your heart. If you have a heart problem you should tell your doctor. The following are reasons why Cialis ® may also not be suitable for you. If any of them apply to you, talk to your doctor before you take the medicine:
Take other medicines:
As a general rule, always tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicine, even those not prescribed, because occasionally they might interact. This is particularly important if you are treated with nitrates as you should not take Cialis ® if you are taking these medicines. Do not take Cialis ® with other medicines if your doctor tells you that you may not. You should not use Cialis ® together with any other treatments for erectile dysfunction. Cialis ® is not intended for use by women or by children under the age of 18.
Driving and using machines:
As dizziness has been reported in men taking Cialis ® in clinical studies, you should be aware of how you react to Cialis ® before you drive or operate machinery.
Information for men intolerant of lactose, one of the ingredients of Cialis ®:
Cialis ® contains lactose and should not be taken by patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption.
HOW TO TAKE CIALIS
Always take Cialis ® exactly as your doctor has instructed you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure.
The recommended starting dose is one 10mg tablet before sexual activity. If the effect of this dose is too weak your doctor may increase the dose to 20mg. Cialis ® tablets are for oral use. Swallow the tablet whole with some water. You may take Cialis ® with or without food.
You may take a Cialis ® tablet at any point in time from 30 minutes to 12 hours before sexual activity. Cialis ® may still be effective up to 24 hours after taking the tablet. It is important to note that Cialis ® does not work if there is no sexual stimulation. You and your partner will need to engage in foreplay, just as you would if you were not taking a medicine for erectile dysfunction. You should NOT take Cialis ® more than once a day. Daily use of Cialis ® is strongly discouraged.
If you take more Cialis ® than you should:
Tell your doctor.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Cialis ® can have side effects. These effects are normally mild to moderate in nature. The most common undesirable effects are headache and indigestion. Less commonly reported side effects are back pain, muscle aches, nasal congestion, facial flushing and dizziness. Uncommon effects are swelling of the eyelids, eye pain and red eyes. If you have any of these side effects and they are troublesome, sever, or do not go away, tell your doctor.
Allergic reactions (including skin rashes) could occur. In rare instances it is possible that a prolonged and possibly painful erection may occur after taking Cialis ®. If you have such an erection, which lasts continuously for more than 4 hours, you should contact a doctor immediately.
In case of chest pain occurring during or after sexual activity you should NOT use nitrates but you should seek immediate medical assistance.
If you notice any side effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your doctor or pharmacist.
Heart attack, stroke and irregular heartbeats have been reported rarely in men taking Cialis ®. Most, but not all of these men had known heart problems before taking this medicine. It is not possible to determine whether these events were directly related to Cialis ®.
Effects were seen in one animal species that might indicate impairment of fertility. Subsequent studies in man suggest that this effect is unlikely in humans.
Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store in the original package. Do not use after the expiry date stated on the carton and blister.
The above information is the translation of the manufacturer's insert. It is provided under the supplying company's terms and conditions and should not replace the advice of your personal physician.