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Mixing Cialis and Alcohol – is There a Risk?

06 April of 2018

People who use Cialis often ask the question: "Is it safe to combine Cialis with alcohol?" After all, many people before sex can drink a little (or a lot) of alcohol. Can this increase the risk of side effects? What is the safe dosage of alcoholic beverages?

Look for answers to these and other questions below.

Contents

  • 1 Cialis Overview
  • 2 Interactions of Cialis and Alcohol
  • 3 How to Determine Moderate Dosage?
  • 4 Negative Effects of Alcohol Abuse on Sexual Health
  • 5 The Bottom Line on Cialis and Alcohol

Cialis Overview

Cialis is one of the top medicines for treating erectile problems in male patients. It is known as "The Weekend Pill" because its duration is up to 1.5 days (that is, up to 36 hours). In addition, patients can take it both on demand (before sex) and on a daily basis, obtaining a permanent effect.

There are two types of Cialis: branded medicine and generics, for example, Canadian Cialis, which have similar efficiency, but feature lower prices due to lower manufacturing expenses.

Cialis (tadalafil) is generally a safe medication. However, it can interact with certain medicines and alcohol. Alcoholic beverages abuse while undergoing treatment with Cialis can leads to severe adverse events. Here's what you need to know to prevent unwanted effects.

Interactions of Cialis and Alcohol

According to a study by SL Washington III (2010), absorption of Cialis does not appear to be affected by the intake of alcohol. If you drink one glass of wine, it is unlikely to lead to any negative interactions with Cialis. But if you abuse alcohol, for instance, drank 7 glasses of whiskey, it is associated with some health problems.

The use of large amounts of alcohol in combination with Canadian Cialis can lead to the occurrence of orthostatic (postural) hypotension.

Orthostatic (postural) hypotension is a decrease in systolic blood pressure (BP) by more than 20 mm Hg. and in diastolic pressure by more than 10 mm Hg. during standing up or being in a vertical position. It can manifest itself in the form of headaches, dizziness and even fainting, which can lead to traumas. Additionally, hypotension can cause the heart to beat faster, which adversely affects the cardiovascular system.

Why can such side effects occur? This is due to the fact that both tadalafil (the main active ingredient of Cialis) and alcohol have a vasodilating effect. This means that they relax the walls of the vessels, expanding the lumen and lowering blood pressure. By itself, tadalafil in normal dosage is unlikely to lead to a significant decrease in pressure, but large amounts of alcohol potentiate the hypotensive effect of Cialis. People with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases should be especially careful when combining tadalafil and alcohol, as these diseases pose additional risks to their health.

According to Healthline, orthostatic hypotension may occur in patients using Cialis even more often than in those who use other PDE5 inhibitors. This is due to the fact that Cialis remains in the body much longer than other PDE5 substances, such as sildenafil (Viagra). In addition, it is often used during the weekend when many people can consume alcohol.

How to Determine Moderate Dosage?

On the one hand, alcohol is a depressant, that is, it slows down the physiological reactions in the body consequently it can slow the onset of an erection. On the other hand, it suppresses psychological inhibitions, leading to an increase in desire to have sex.

Therefore, many believe that a moderate dose of alcohol before sex will not do any harm to the body because it helps to relax, become bolder, feel a light euphoria. This is true, but with the caveat that the most important word here is "moderate". In practice, the habit of drinking before sex is often fixed, and dependence arises. After that, serious problems begin.

Moderate consumption of alcohol means less than 3 alcohol beverages a day. The permissible dosage of an alcoholic beverage depends on the type of alcohol that you consume.

For example, one alcoholic beverage is:

  • 12 fl oz of regular beer containing 5% alcohol;

  • 5 fl oz of wine, containing about 12% alcohol;

  • 1.5 fl oz of distilled spirits (like whisky, rum, and vodka), which contain 40 per cent of alcohol.

alcohol table

Table 1. Alcohol Types, %, Ingrediets, Origin

The use of 5 or more drinks a day while administering Cialis is fraught with the development of symptoms of postural hypotension. If you start to notice symptoms of hypotension, such as headaches & dizziness, stop drinking beverages and tell a health care provider about your symptoms.

Negative Effects of Alcohol Abuse on Sexual Health

If you consume more than 3 strong (or other) alcoholic beverages per day, this can be harmful not only in the aspect of interacting with Cialis. Alcohol abuse can lead to the development of many other health problems, such as liver disease, increased blood pressure, coronary heart disease, pancreatitis, certain cancers, etc.

Chronic alcohol* consumption is linked with suppression of testosterone production in the body. In addition, alcohol affects the central and peripheral nervous system, which adversely affects both the quality of the erection, and the sensations during sexual intercourse and orgasm. Therefore, excessive alcohol use negatively affects male potency. Scientists believe that the negative impact of alcohol abuse on a man's sexual health is so strong that sexual functions may not recover even after a long period of abstinence. That's why even periodic alcohol abuse can be considered a risk factor for the development of impotence.

*How to treat chronic alcoholism – Link

The Bottom Line on Cialis and Alcohol

Alcohol consumption in moderate dosages while taking tadalafil-containing meds is generally safe for health. If you use this medical remedy, it is recommended that you take no more than 2 alcoholic beverages per day to avoid possible side effects such as lowering blood pressure, etc. If you suffer from cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, you need to be extra careful when mixing Cialis and alcohol.

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