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Can I take Cialis with Alcohol?

Cialis requires more caution when mixed with alcohol. It’s best to stick with non-alcoholic drinks.

Cialis, as you probably know, has a different formulation than Levitra and Viagra, which allows it to work for far longer. You have to be a bit more careful combining alcohol with Cialis than you would with Viagra, Levitra, or Staxyn.

Tadalafil, the active ingredient in Cialis, can lower your blood pressure. Drinking alcohol can further lower your blood pressure, and if your blood pressure drops too much, you can experience light-headedness, fainting, headache, and heart palpitations – not the best conditions for romance. In fact, combining Cialis with alcohol can result in something called “postural hypotension,” which is a sudden drop in blood pressure when you stand up from a lying or sitting position that can cause you to faint.

Bear in mind that the half-life of Cialis is around 18 hours, compared to four to six hours for Viagra, Levitra, and Staxyn. That’s why it’s marketed as the “Weekend Pill.” Therefore, when you take Cialis, you need to avoid drinking for longer than you would with other erectile dysfunction medications? Deal-breaker or fair trade-off for a weekend full of sex? That’s your call.

I’m noticing a common theme here: too much alcohol can hinder effectiveness of these drugs. Why is that?

Alcohol is a depressant. That doesn’t mean that it makes you depressed. For many men, drinking alcohol can relieve some of the anxiety that naturally goes along with meeting potential new partners or dating, which can be good for social interaction to some extent. Too much alcohol – and the exact amount differs from person to person – can not only decrease sexual desire, it can also make sexual activity difficult to impossible until the alcohol has had a chance to exit the system.

If I plan to drink, what are my best choices in erectile dysfunction drugs?

If you have any questions about alcohol and erectile dysfunction drugs, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor.

If alcohol is a non-negotiable part of your game plan, then you should remember two things. One, overdoing it can keep your erectile dysfunction medication from working optimally and two, some erectile dysfunction medications should not be consumed with alcohol. Viagra and Levitra are your best bets if you plan to drink, and in any case, you should plan to drink in moderation.

Cialis is not a good choice for combining with alcohol consumption because of the possibility of your blood pressure dropping too low, potentially ruining a date due to your fainting. Plus, low blood pressure can be dangerous, and you absolutely don’t want to be behind the wheel and experience an interaction between Cialis and alcohol (even if you have kept your alcohol consumption within legal limits). If you’re going to drink while taking Cialis, only do so once you’ve arrived where you plan to stay, and be vigilant for signs of dangerously low blood pressure.

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