The Dosages of Cialis for ED and BPH Treatment
Factors such as old age, obesity, high blood pressure, stress, depression and family history usually have a bearing on the nature and health of the male reproductive organs. Consequently, as men age, they become more susceptible to certain health risks which may have adverse effects on their reproductive organs. When it comes to the health of men’s reproductive system, the most notable problems that many men face are erectile dysfunction (ED) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Erectile dysfunction, also called impotence, refers to the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough to engage in sexual intercourse and complete it. The condition is characterized by impaired blood flow to the penis.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, on the other hand, is the abnormal enlargement of the prostate gland, one of the essential men’s organs of the male reproductive system. BPH also blocks the flow of urine out of the bladder, subsequently resulting in bladder, kidney, or urinary problems.
Cialis (tadalafil) is a drug that is specifically intended to combat these two medical conditions. It basically works by relaxing the smooth muscles that are found in the walls of the blood vessels to increase the flow of blood to the particular areas of the body, in these cases to the prostate and to the penis.
A Cialis dosage, which comes in 4 different doses of 2.5, 5, 10 and 20 mg, is prescribed depending on one of the two abovementioned conditions and the severity of a condition. The general tendency is that smaller doses (2.5 and 5 mg) are used to treat BPH and ED on a daily basis, and larger doses (10 and 20 mg) to treat ED occasionally. So the drug may be administered either on a daily basis or “as needed”.
“Daily basis” virtually refers to the act of taking the drug on a regular basis and for a prolonged duration of time mainly to permanently treat any of the two medical conditions mentioned above. “As needed”, on the other hand, means taking the drug periodically, mainly to boost an erection during a sexual activity, but not to permanently treat the condition.
Dosage for Erectile Dysfunction
If intended to permanently treat erectile dysfunction, then 2.5 mg of the drug is taken once a day without any due regard to sexual activity for up to 26 weeks. The quantity taken on a daily basis may be varied upwards to 5 mg depending upon the individual’s tolerability of the drug as well as the drug’s overall efficacy in each particular case.
If the motive is manly to stimulate sexual activity now and then, the drug is to be taken only prior to sexual intercourse. In most cases, the initial recommended dosage is 10 mg for an adult male, though it can be then changed to either 20 or 5 mg depending on its efficacy and the overall tolerability of the patient.
Cialis is the most long-lasting drug among all existing ED drugs today. It improves erectile function up to 36 hours following a dosing.
Dosage for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
When it comes to BPH treatment, Cialis is supposed to be taken on a daily basis for a prolonged time. For this purpose, two possible dosages are used – either 2.5 or 5 mg. Doctors prescribe the exact dosage and duration of treatment depending on the aspects of the disease in each specific case.
Treating ED and BPH Simultaneously
If the intent is to treat both erectile dysfunction and benign prostatic hyperplasia at the same time, then 5 mg of Cialis drug is the most often prescribed dosage. It is better to take it at approximately the same time every day, without regards to any sexual activity.
It is worth noting that the aforementioned two conditions, i.e. erectile dysfunction or benign prostatic hyperplasia, are the only two conditions that Cialis has been approved for by the FDA. However, the main active ingredient of Cialis, tadalafil, is also used (under the brand name Adcirca) to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Additionally, research is still ongoing as regards the other conditions that the drug might be useful for.