A Comprehensive Guide to Cialis Side Effects

Almost every single medical drug sold today has a few or even an entire list of side effects included in the written instructions found in the product package. It is extremely important to know about all of them since they can have consequences that range from minor and mild up to very serious ones, some of which can even lead to death.

In this article, we are going to list and analyze the side effects of a well known medical product that is used by many men around the world for treating erectile dysfunction, Cialis. After naming these side effects and sorting them based primarily on their severity and also rarity, we are going to present the probability of some of them, sorted according to the part of the human body they affect. In the first part of the analysis, we are going to start with the minor ones and then proceed to the ones that require immediate medical attention.

Minor side effects

– Common: Heartburn, upset stomach or sudden feeling of pain in the stomach area, inability to digest properly, feeling of acidity or “burning” breath due to upset stomach.

– Less common: Swallowing difficulties, unable to move easily, nose bleed, sudden feeling of tingling, sudden pain in different parts of the body, dry eyes, burning sense in stomach or chest, pain in the eyes or during eye movement, dry mouth, sudden feeling of muscle weakness, fever, blushing, dizziness, constant eye tears, slight changes of the voice tone, cramps, prolonged erection even after the end of sexual intercourse.

– Rare: Vision problems, difficulties in distinguishing between colors.

Severe side effects

– Common: Sudden pain in back, jaw or arms; blurry vision, feeling of heaviness or pain in the chest area, shivers, chills, feeling faint or even fainting, increased heart rate, excessive sweating, vomiting, nausea, feeling of confusion.

– Rare: Prolonged erection accompanied with feeling of pain in the area of the penis.

– Unknown incidence: Appearance of skin cracks, frequent coughing, decrease or temporary loss of vision, double vision, speech difficulties, skin rashes, sudden swelling of the lower limbs, irritation of the eyes.

Needless to say that minor side effects are usually mild and go away after a short time; however, Cialis users who experience one or more of the side effects characterized as severe should immediately seek medical attention.

Following is a list of specific side effects and their probability of appearing in users of Cialis.

Cardiovascular side effects

– Flushing: Up to 14%.

– Hypertension: Ranging between 1 and 10%.

– Hypotension: Uncommon, appearing in 0.1% to 1% of cases.

– Arrhythmia, angina pectoris (sudden chest pain): Unknown frequency.

Gastrointestinal side effects

– Dyspepsia: Very common, up to 13%.

– Nausea: Very common, around 11%.

– Diarrhea, acid reflux, constipation, stomach pain: All these share the same probability, 1% to 10%.

– Vomiting: Reported as being rare, affecting less than 1% of Cialis consumers.

– Gastritis, nausea, dryness in the area of the mouth, feeling of pain in the upper area of the abdomen: Unknown frequency.

Nervous system side effects

– Headache: Probably the most common side effect of all, affecting up to 42% of Cialis users.

– Dizziness: Not that common, 1% of cases.

Ischemic attacks and temporary amnesia: Extremely rare, less than 0.1%.

– Sudden drop in blood pressure, reduced touching sense: Unknown frequency.

Musculoskeletal side effects

– Myalgia (feeling of muscle pain): About 14%.

– Back pain: Up to 12%.

– Limb pain: Way less common than the above, 1% to 10%.

– Muscle spasms and joint pains: Very rare, between 0.1% and 1%.

Respiratory side effects

Nasopharyngitis: Common, found to be about 13%.

– Tract infections: About the same percentage as the above.

– Nasal congestion, rhinitis, constant coughing: 1% to 10% combined.

– Dyspnea: Not common, 0.1% – 1%.

Genitourinary side effects

– UTI (Urinary Tract Infection): Ranging from 1% to 10%.

– Hematospermia (presence of blood in the semen): Very rare, 0.1% to 1%.

Priapism: Extremely rare, lower than 0.1%

All of the above should be viewed as information that can help us to understand the possible side effects of the drug and not as reasons to be terrified and avoid using it. Being aware of the side effects in case one or more of the above rare incidents take place is the best way to be on the safe side – forewarned is forearmed.