Cialis and Other Medications

When you have a consultation with a doctor you should inform them of any conditions you may have or any medications you may be taking, regardless of whether they are herbal, prescription or non-prescription. For a doctor to make the best diagnosis and to advise the most effective and safe treatment, they need to know all the facts about your health.

There are some medications that should not be taken if you are taking Cialis. When used with Cialis, they could become dangerous and put your health at risk or they can influence how Cialis works. You can find out more about medicines that are likely to be dangerous to take while you are using Cialis below.

You are also taking nitrates

nicorandil as a nitrate

Nitrates are often prescribed for treating chest pain. If you take these with Cialis, you risk suffering from dizziness, fainting and potentially a heart attack. Examples of nitrates are glycerol trinitrate or nicorandil.

You are taking a recreational drug called 'poppers'

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Amyl nitrate and butyl nitrate are both examples of poppers. If you use poppers while you are using Cialis, you risk the adverse reactions listed above, and will likely put your health at risk.

You are taking alpha-blockers

Minipress (alpha-blocker) image

Alpha-blockers are used to treat high blood pressure, and the combination of these two medications can dramatically lead to a significant drop in blood pressure. However your doctor may be able to adjust the dosages so that it is safe for you to take alpha-blockers and Cialis together.

You are currently using other impotence treatments

Viagra pill box

If you are suffering from impotence, taking more than one erectile dysfunction medication at a single time can be dangerous and isn't likely to be any more effective at treating impotence.

You are taking any anti-fungal medications or medicines for HIV

Diflucan anti-fungal medication

If you are taking any anti-fungal medications or medicines for HIV, don't take Cialis because the HIV or anti-fungal medications can extend the duration of the effects of Cialis, which can be dangerous and increase the chance of you experiencing negative side effects.

You are taking erythromycin

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Mixing Cialis and erythromycin medications can lead to severe reactions, but can also hinder your ability to maintain an erection. Erythromycin is a macrolide antibiotic that is used in the treatment of a number of different microbial infections.

You are taking Adcirca

Adcirca for pulmonary hypertension

Adcirca contains the same ingredient (tadalafil) as Cialis but you must not use them together. Adcirca is designed to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension. Taking both of these medications could lead to you overdosing on the main ingredient, tadalafil.

You eat grapefruit on a regular basis

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Grapefruit can influence how Cialis is absorbed in your system as it reduces the level of enzymes involved in breaking down certain medication for absorption. Eating grapefruit while using Cialis can cause the treatment to stay in the body for longer than is considered healthy.

You are using St Johns wort

St Johns Wort natural mood enhancer

St Johns Wort is a natural mood enhancer that can influence how effective certain medications are because of how it influences the liver enzymes.

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