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wanto76

I'm 76 and haven't had an erection in years. It feels like it's trying to come up but only gets

slightly firm. Not hard enough to penetrate. Because I take Rx for BP, I was under the impression, I should not use Viagra or Cialis. Doc just told me Cialis 20 mg would work and I might only get a headache.

I haven't tried it yet and plan to do a "solo" test.

Questions:

For those who have used cialis, how bad are the headaches?

How long does it take for cialis to work?

If it does work, will I be able to get a second erection within an hour or so or do I need much more down time? Do I need to take a second 20mg?

In terms of stimulation, I'm expecting a diference between just looking at videos, etc and actual physical contact with a lady.

If cialis works and i'm able to penetrate, will it last long enough for me to climax or will it take significant stimulation? Although only slightly firm, I am able to climax with oral stimulation. With oral, I can just lie back and relax. Will the exertion and possible headache limit me?

Does anyone taking Finasteride been able to achieve satisfying erections and climaxes with cialis?

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Hi,A few answers for you:

I take 10mg Cialis (I cut a 20mg tablet in half and take it twice a week, on average). I’ve never had a headache with it, but then I don’t have high blood pressure.

I think ideally Cialis needs a couple of hours to reach its initial peak impact, but you should begin to notice an effect after as little as 30 minutes. The effect is subtle (I’ve never taken Viagra but have been told the effect is more intense and short lived).

Cialis is supposed to last for 2-3 days in your body. That’s the advantage over Viagra, which only lasts for a few hours. That’s why my doctor told me to take it twice a week - so I basically have some in my system nearly all the time.

I definitely would advise you against taking another 20mg on the same day - I think that’s too much. I have been able to have sex and then have sex again an hour later, on just my 10mg dose.

All that said, I’d say I have mild ED. It’s great your doctor seems confident that Cialis will help you, but if you’ve not had an erection in years, I would say don’t get your hopes up too much. I have a 56-year-old friend with high blood pressure/diabetes, and Cialis doesn’t work for him. It’s really best to just try it and see. As I say, the effect is subtle. The first time I tried it I was seriously underwhelmed, as I thought it would give me an immediate hard-on. But once I got used to it, I began to appreciate it more, and people have commented on the hardness of my erections.

Good luck and I really do hope you have success with it.

I also take 20mg and didn't understand the difference between cialis and viagra at first so I thought cialis didn't work fir me. I've never had a headache from it. I was told it takes about 8hrs to reach peak effect in your system, then lasts 36hrs. My results vary. Sometimes it's more difficult to maintain an erection if I'm tired or more physically active during sex but I blame that on my lack of cardio. To avoid some of the initial side effects when taking it I usually take one before bed the night before I plan to have sex.

I'm almost 50, Type 2 diabetic (relatively well controlled), no blood pressure issues. A practice run doesn't hurt, just remember to give it enough time to reach peak effect before you decide it doesn't work.

The warnings with most of the ED drugs with regards to blood pressure medication is if the blood pressure medication contains Nitrates:

"Though its usually safe to take erectile dysfunction drugs (Viagra, Levitra, Cialis) with high blood pressure medication, don't take them with nitrates -- this can cause a life-threatening drop in blood pressure". Cialis actually lowers your BP a bit.

I take a daily 5mg of Cialis for BHP to help me pee and for that it works great.

Viagra gave me headaches but Cialis doesn't although once in a while it seems to cause indigestion for me.

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Saucisse in reply to willyspu

Any problems with unpleasant palpitations - Cialis users?

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willyspu in reply to Saucisse

I have not had palpitations from cialis but the first few days I did have some indigestion and a few muscle cramps. My doctor said that was common and they went away after about 2 weeks of use. If you are susceptible to palpitations be sure to work closely with your doctor and adjust the prescription level to what works for you.

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Saucisse in reply to willyspu

@willyspu why were you started on Cialis rather than Tamsulosin for your BPH?

No real issues with 20 mg. Cialis is at max effectiveness between 4 and 6 hours and last 36 but at declining levels. Viagra peaks 1-2 bits leaves your system much quicker.

Thanks for replies. I'll be doing a solo test today but I do have a follow up question. Regarding how long it works. Assuming within a couple hours of taking one, I'm able to get up, put it to use and pop. Then if I relax in the afterglow, engage in some play for a while, is it likely I'll be able to get up and have another pop, perhaps an hour or so later.

Is there something about body chemistry that releases something that inhibits another erection for a while?

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Saucisse in reply to wanto76

There is a so called "refractory period" after the male orgasm before you can have a second round. It is much shorter in younger males but as you get older it can be a few hours. 👎

Good luck with your solo run btw!

Unless you are one of the many exceptions, Cialis is more likely to cause back ache than an head ache (that's Viagra's territory). Again YMMV, but Viagra is faster and peaks quicker, but also loses effectiveness sooner. Cialis has a half-life of 36 hours and reaches effectiveness in roughly 2 hours - that's why their ads call it the "weekend" pill or "anytime" pill. You can still count on it if your plans get delayed.

If it has been many years since an erection you probably should be thinking about some rehab to get the systems back in shape before trying for a shared performance. Age and inactivity affect the refractory period and the capacity for hardness, so rehab is definitely useful. A quality vacuum pump might be helpful. There are rehab specialists but they are rare, you can do a decent job using the skills you acquired in your teen years; just don't be to aggressive or frequent in your early efforts.

It takes about an hour to become effective for me. I take 20mg. Unfortunately, for me, I have several side effects. Headache, blurred vision, and indigestion. That being said I do really like that it is effective for 36 hours. You have to be aroused to get hard so your mileage may vary. If I'm with the right person we can have marathon sex, and my second erection lasts a very long time as it takes a lot to come the 2nd time around.

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