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The recommended tadalafil dosage for treating erectile dysfunction

By Duncan Fisher

- Tadalafil is a generally effective and well-tolerated alternative to sildenafil for men with erectile dysfunction.

- For best results, you should know the correct starting dose, and how you might adjust it according to your needs.

How does tadalafil work?

Tadalafil and sildenafil both work by inhibiting the PDE5 enzyme, which allows your arteries to stay relaxed and open, which in turn gives you the blood flow possible for your erection.

Tadalafil works better for some men, who find they prefer it to sildenafil.

The main difference is in the onset and duration of the effects. Sildenafil takes around an hour to kick in, and effects are delayed by a heavy meal, where tadalafil starts working in 30 minutes and is unaffected by food. Sildenafil stays active in your system for 4 hours, while tadalafil at the 10mg dose stays with you for 36 hours, meaning you can have more spontaneous sex over around three days. The 2.5mg daily dose of tadalafil confers a constant baseline of tadalafil to you, meaning that you can have completely spontaneous sex, whenever you want.

Tadalafil is what you take if you anticipate frequent or spontaneous sex, and you don’t want to have to coordinate having sex with taking a tablet.

What are the available doses of tadalafil?

We offer tadalafil at 2.5mg daily-dose strength, and 10mg strength, taken as needed, for longer-lasting results. Taking 2.5mg daily is good for men who want to have entirely spontaneous sex, and who don’t like the idea of having to remember to take a tablet before sex. The 10mg dose, which is taken before sex, is good for men who may have less frequent sex but still like to maintain some spontaneity.  

Choosing the dose that’s right for you

You should not take both doses at the same time. You would not get any enhanced results, and you would have an increased risk of side-effects, such as nausea, headaches, vision changes, and numerous others.

Which of them you choose basically depends on your lifestyle.

Taking 2.5mg every day means that you will keep a baseline level of tadalafil in your system that should enable you to get an erection whenever you want, all day long. If you take 10mg, you’ll start feeling it 30 minutes later, and it’ll stay in your system for 36 hours. Guys call this strength ‘the weekender’.

The bottom line

Tadalafil is an effective and generally well-tolerated treatment for erectile dysfunction. The right dose really depends on your personal choice. The 2.5mg daily dose of tadalafil should free you up for action all day. If you don’t like the idea of taking a pill every day, the 10mg dose, taken as needed, may be a better alternative. If you’re still unsure, you can contact us with any questions by calling 0808 169 9594 between 9am and 6pm UK time or emailing us at [email protected].