When a man reaches the age of 40, his prostate may begin to grow, which is a natural process associated with hormone levels’ fluctuations due to aging. Sometimes, an increase in prostate volume gets out of hand. As the organ enlarges, men face a number of unpleasant, sometimes dangerous, problems. One of the popular drugs to solve them is Cialis (tadalafil). How can it help a man with an enlarged prostate and how effective is it in treating BPH symptoms?

Enlarged (Swollen) Prostate: What’s the Cause?

If a man is faced with an enlargement (tumor) of the prostate, then, most likely, this is a benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This a benign tumor (it does not contain cancerous or cancerogenic cells). The prostate can grow in the direction of the rectum, towards the bladder, or randomly in all directions. The unnatural size leads to problems with emptying the bladder due to partial or complete closure of the urethral canal. In the early stages of the disease, treatment can be solely pharmaceutical.

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Symptoms of the disease include:

  • involuntary discharge of urine and difficulties with its retention
  • a weak stream, urinary hesitancy
  • frequent urges to empty the bladder
  • burning sensation in the urethra
  • long waiting before urination
  • a feeling of incomplete emptying of the bladder
  • frequent nighttime bathroom trips
  • secretion of a small amount of urine

Sometimes, the abovementioned symptoms can signalize a serious illness–prostate cancer. It has the same initial symptoms as BPH. Don’t risk, make sure the enlargement of the prostate is not associated with cancer. Cialis, like other PDE5 inhibitors, cannot fight cancer. Spending time on the wrong therapy can be life threatening.

Cialis for BPH

This medication can be recommended by a healthcare professional. If your doctor has advised Cialis, you might need to understand how this medicine can solve the problem.

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Cialis was originally created to treat erectile dysfunction. Tadalafil increases the level of the chemical cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), which increases blood supply in the genital area. Later it became clear that the drug also relaxes the muscles in the pelvic organs (bladder, prostate). Reducing the protective tension of the muscles of the pelvic floor and decreasing the compression of the inflamed prostate by the contracted muscles of the pelvic floor allows to improve the blood flow of the prostate and relieve its inflammation.

Thus, Cialis relieves the main symptom of BPH–difficulty urinating. This decreases the risk of further complications, such as kidney failure, kidney stones and bladder.

To give preference to Cialis, the following conditions should desirably be met: a medically confirmed diagnosis of benign prostatic hyperplasia and unsuccessful use of alpha blockers (acute side effects or lack of a positive effect). In treatment of BPH, alpha-1-adrenergic blockers are primarily preferred, however, clinical patterns are gradually changing.

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Cialis Dosage for BPH and Safety Concerns

The typical dosage for BPH is 5 mg per day. 10 mg and 20 mg of tadalafil are intended for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Administration of higher doses is pointless in this case.

Adherence to minimum dosages when taken daily is associated with potential side effects in Cialis. The most common ones include headache, dyspepsia, back pain, myalgia, nasal congestion, face reddening.

Cialis is considered a symptomatic drug. However, studies have shown that a 12-week course of tadalafil 5mg daily significantly reduces BPH-related pain, improves urination and may decrease inflammatory processes in the prostate, as well as improve urinary tract obstruction symptoms.

However, the appropriate therapy should be chosen by a healthcare expert. Sometimes doctors combine Cialis with other drugs (antibiotic therapy, immunomodulators, remedies based on plant extracts may be recommended).

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I’m an Oncologist and Hematology Specialist primary located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. I have over 55 years of experience in the medical field and more than 20 years of practice. I’m skilled at the treatment & diagnosis of a large array of ailments & diseases in adults.

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