A Comprehensive Guide to Cialis Side Effects

A Comprehensive Guide to Cialis Side Effects

Almost every single drug sold today has a few or even an entire list of side effects that are included in the written instructions found on the product packaging. It is extremely important to know about all of them, since they can have consequences that range from minor and mild to very serious ones that may even be life threatening.

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. First we will list these side effects and rank them based primarily on their severity and also rarity. Then we will present the likelihood that you may develop these side effects sorted by the part of the human body that they affect. During the first part of the analysis we will present the minor ones and then proceed to the ones that require immediate medical attention.

Minor side effects

– Common: Heartburn, upset stomach or a sudden feeling of pain in the stomach area, indigestion, acid reflux or “burning” breath due to upset stomach.

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

– Rare: Vision problems, difficulties distinguishing between colors.

Severe side effects

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

– Rare: Prolonged erection accompanied by a 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, and 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.

The following is a list of specific side effects and the probability that users of Cialis will experience them.

Cardiovascular side effects

– Flushing: Up to 14%.

– Hypertension: 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, and stomach pain: All these share the same probability, 1% to 10%.

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

– Gastritis, nausea, dry mouth, and 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 tactile sensations: 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 symptoms, 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 considered as information that can help you understand the possible side effects of the drug. These should not be reasons to be terrified and to decide against taking the medication. Being aware of the side effects in case you experience one or more of the above rare symptoms is the best way to be on the safe side: forewarned is forearmed.