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Tadalafil (Generic Cialis) Information

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Cialis is a popular erectile dysfunction tablet that was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2003. Since that time, Cialis has grown in popularity, coming to rival the best-known ED tablet on the market, Viagra. 

With the patent on Cialis set to run out in the UK in November 2017, pharmaceutical manufacturers are now preparing to make the cheaper generic version of Cialis, Tadalafil, available to UK patients. From November, you will be able to order Tadalafil directly from the LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor erectile dysfunction clinic.

What is generic Cialis?

Generic Cialis, or Tadalafil, is the same as Cialis in terms of its active ingredient and effectiveness. Tadalafil is the generic version of Cialis. It comes in the same strengths as Cialis and is just as effective - as they both contain the same active ingredient.

The term ‘generic’ is applied to medicines which have not been produced by the original pharmaceutical company that manufactured them. Generic medicines are not branded, and can only be manufactured after the patent on the original medicine has expired. This happened with the erectile dysfunction tablet Viagra, which saw its patent expire in 2013, after which the generic version, Sildenafil, became available.

Generic Cialis is labelled Tadalafil because Tadalafil is Cialis’s active ingredient (i.e. the chemical that treats erectile dysfunction). 

What is the difference between generic Cialis and Cialis?

The key difference between the two tablets is the pricing. Branded Cialis made by the original manufacturer will be priced higher than generic Cialis, and for this reason patients treating their ED with Cialis may opt to switch over to the generic version. 

In terms of effectiveness, there should be no difference at all, as Tadalafil contains the same active ingredient in the same quantities as Cialis. 

If you have taken Cialis before, you may notice a few superficial distinctions between the two. The packaging and tablets for Tadalafil will look different to the packaging and tablets for Cialis, simply because they have been manufactured by a different company.

How does generic Cialis work?

Generic Cialis works in the same way as branded Cialis. Tadalafil, the active ingredient, is a PDE-5 inhibitor, a chemical that temporarily increases blood flow to the penis. This enables erections for the period in which the chemical is effective. 

One of the reasons ED patients opt for Cialis/Tadalafil over other ED tablets such as Viagra is that the period of effectiveness is much longer. Viagra typically wears off after four to six hours, while Cialis can last for up to 36 hours. This does not mean you will have an erection for that period; it simply means that, during this time, you should be able to get an erection whenever you become aroused.

Within 30-60 minutes of taking either generic Cialis (Tadalafil) or Cialis, you should find that you can get an erection.

How should Tadalafil be taken?

Tadalafil should be taken the same way as Cialis. You should take one Tadalafil tablet, in the dosage prescribed by your doctor, at least 30 minutes before you plan to have sex. Eating beforehand does not typically impact the effectiveness of Tadalafil, however you should try not to drink more than one or two units of alcohol.

You should never take more than one Tadalafil tablet within a 24-hour period, and you should never alter your dosage without talking to your doctor first. It is recommended that you try one type of ED tablet eight times before switching to an alternative treatment.

Where can I obtain Tadalafil?

Tadalafil is available from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, which provides a
safe, efficient regulated online service.

Visit our erectile dysfunction clinic where you can compare the benefits and prices of different ED tablets. To ensure you can take your ED medicine safely, we require you to undertake a short, confidential online consultation, which can then be approved by one of our trained clinicians.