Cialis

Cialis (tadalafil) tablets to treat erectile dysfunction available in daily 2.5mg or 5mg strengths, and as required 10mg or 20mg strengths.

  • Lasts for 36 hours
  • Low dose daily option
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Daily versus occasional Cialis tablets

Most men take Cialis as and when they need it.

Men who need erectile dysfunction treatment two or more times a week should consider taking a regular low dose Cialis tablet daily. Cialis 2.5mg or 5mg tablets taken every day will provide continuous erectile dysfunction treatment, without peaks and troughs.

Prices

Tablet type4 tablets8 tablets16 tablets24 tablets
Cialis 10mg£33.00£64.00£122.00n/a
Cialis 20mg£34.00£65.00£124.00£174.00
Tablet type28 tablets56 tablets
Daily Cialis 2.5mg£63.00£121.00
Daily Cialis 5mg£64.00£124.00

Prescription issued online - small prescription fee per order.

Compare prices: Dr Fox prices are 25%-50% lower cost than other online clinics.

Prescription fees

Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.

Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.

If you have your own private paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.

Order valuePrescription fee
up to £10£1.00
up to £20£3.00
up to £50£5.00
up to £100£8.00
over £100£10.00
Prices of Cialis tablets from UK online clinics (19 September 2016) - qualifying notes
*Dr Fox adds a small prescription fee not included in table above.
  1. The prices shown are listed by the online clinics named after a customer first enters consultation information and is offered prescriptions. It is possible these clinics may have special offers or lower prices for repeat supplies.
  2. Prices may change and are, to the best of our knowledge, accurate on the date stated.
  3. Dr Fox does NOT claim to provide a superior service to any of the online clinics listed. All the clinics listed, as far as we can tell, comply with all regulation and, as far as we can tell, operate to high ethical standards.
  4. Dr Fox adds a small prescription fee not included in the table (between £1 and £10 depending on value of the order).
  5. To amend the information in this table please contact us
  6. The prices listed in the table do not identify the cost of prescription medicine as online clinics charge a single fee to cover services which includes advice, consultations, prescriptions and dispensing and supply of treatments.
MedicationDr Fox*Med ExpressPharmacy2ULloydsSuperdrugExpress Pharmacy
Cialis 2.5mg x 28£63.00£69.99£75.00n/an/a£89.99
Cialis 2.5mg x 56£121.00£139.99£140.00n/an/a£159.99
Cialis 5mg x 28£64.00£69.99£75.00n/a£74.99£89.99
Cialis 5mg x 56£124.00£139.99£140.00n/an/a£159.99
Cialis 10mg x 4£33.00£39.99£43.00£46.00£44.00£45.99
Cialis 10mg x 8£64.00£79.99£82.00£85.00£84.00£89.99
Cialis 10mg x 16£122.00£159.99£150.00£158.00£152.00£169.99
Cialis 20mg x 4£34.00£39.99£45.00£49.00£46.00£45.99
Cialis 20mg x 8£65.00£79.99£86.00£90.00£88.00£89.99
Cialis 20mg x 16£124.00£159.99£155.00£160.00£160.00£169.99
Cialis 20mg x 24£174.00£229.99£230.00n/an/an/a
UK delivery£2.90£2.90£3.45includedincluded£2.95

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About Cialis

The weekend pill

Lilly logo

Cialis from Lilly pharmaceutical company is sometimes known as The Weekend Pill.

Cialis has been licensed in the UK for over a decade. It was the third erectile dysfunction (ED) prescription medication of its type to receive a UK license, after Viagra/sildenafil, Levitra and Spedra. Its prolonged duration of action and the option to take a low dose daily tablet have led to Cialis becoming increasingly popular and being more widely prescribed.

What does it do?

Cialis contains tadalafil which is known medically as a PDE5 inhibitor. Tadalafil inhibits the PDE5 enzyme which is involved in regulating blood flow in the penis during erections. Sexual stimulation is required before the medication will work and without it Cialis will have no effect. Cialis augments and support sexual performance and relationships.

Cialis can also used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) symptoms.

Why do men get erectile dysfunction?

A range of factors contribute to erectile dysfunction, including lifestyle choices, mental state, chronic disease, and injuries and operations. Emotional problems, such as stress and performance anxiety, can have an impact on both erectile performance and sexual desire. Occasional treatment with a PDE5 inhibitor such as Cialis can be effective in breaking a cycle of anxiety and failure. Lifestyle factors, such as smoking, non-prescription drug use, excessive drinking and even obesity can have an effect. Erectile dysfunction is sometimes a symptom of underlying health problems such as diabetes, atherosclerosis and heart disease, amongst others.

Men suffering from erectile dysfunction should inform their GP who will undertake an assessment, possibly perform tests, and provide advice.

Why Cialis?

Cialis benefits from having a long duration of action. Viagra remains active for about 4 hours, Levitra for 12 hours and Cialis for 36 hours – hence its familiar name 'The Weekend Pill'. Erections will not be continuous during 36 hours after taking Cialis, occurring only at times of arousal during those 36 hours.

Alternative treatment

Viagra, Sildenafil, Levitra, and Spedra are alternative tablet treatments for erectile dysfunction and are also available to buy in various strengths and pack sizes after completing the same medical consultation.

Dr Fox also supplies Vitaros cream, a non-tablet treatment for ED.

Taking Cialis for the first time

There are four strengths of Cialis – 2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg and 20mg. The lower doses of 2.5mg and 5mg are primarily for regular daily use, although Cialis 5mg strength can be taken on an as required basis by men who respond well to one-off lower doses.

The usual starting dose is 10mg taken an hour or more before needed. If this does is highly effective, subsequent doses could be reduced to 5mg on a trial basis. If repeated trials of a 10mg dose prove ineffective, the dose can be increased to 20mg.

There is no benefit in taking a higher dose than is needed. Repeated trials of treatment at one dose are recommended before changing to higher or lower strength tablets.

Cialis dosage


Daily Cialis 5mg tablets

Daily Cialis

2.5mg or 5mg daily tablet for continuous erectile dysfunction treatment.

Cialis 10mg tablets

Cialis 10mg

Recommended starting dose for most men taking Cialis for first time.

Cialis 20mg tablets

Cialis 20mg

High strength dose as required for when 10mg is insufficient.


Does it work every time?

Response to treatment is usually predictable and consistent. On most occasions, if Cialis has worked before, it will work again.

Some causes of erectile dysfunction, such as physical injuries or nerve damage, are more resistant to tablet treatments and may require other therapies, such as injections or penile implants.

Erectile dysfunction may require specialist treatment apart from tablets. Some men, whose erectile dysfunction has psychological causes, may benefit from counselling.

All men who are troubled by erectile dysfunction, which can be a distressing problem, should consult a doctor for a full assessment and advice.

Side effects of Cialis

Most men taking Cialis do not experience significant side effects. A full list of the most frequent side effects can be found in the manufacturer's patient information leaflet supplied with Cialis tablets (see link below).

Some men experience a bluish or yellowish tinge to their vision after taking Cialis. This is not dangerous and fades after a few hours time. This is a possible side effect of all ED drugs (PDE5 inhibitors).

On very rare occasions ED treatment produces prolonged and painful erection, in a condition known as priapism. Priapism is a medical emergency with the potential on rare occasion for irreversible injury to the penis. If an erection lasts for more than 4 hours, medical attention should be sought immediately.

When not to take Cialis

During an assessment on the Dr Fox web site, men are required to complete an erectile dysfunction questionnaire. This determines if Cialis is suitable. Men should not take Cialis without further assessment from their GP if any of the following apply:

  • They are taking other erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra, Levitra or Spedra
  • They are currently taking nitrates for angina, including isosorbide mononitrate, isosorbide dinitrate and glyceryl trinitrate
  • They are taking medications to treat HIV, including Indinavir and Ritonavir
  • They are using anti-fungal treatments like Itraconazole or Ketoconazole
  • They are using recreational drugs such as amyl nitrate (poppers)
  • They are taking alpha-blockers often used in the treatment of prostate enlargement and high blood pressure such as Doxazosin, Prazosin, Alfuzosin, Terazosin, Indoramin and Tamsulosin

Dr Fox cannot supply Cialis to men where the above are present.

Cialis should not be taken at the same time or within 36 hours of taking Viagra, Levitra, or Spedra.

Patient leaflet – Cialis

The 'Patient Information Leaflet' supplied with medication must be read before taking tablets.

Cialis Patient Information Leaflet

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Cialis FAQs

Why should I see a doctor face-to-face before starting ED treatment?

ED can be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, raised blood pressure, or high cholesterol. An examination is required and tests may be needed. These cannot be carried out online. It is fine to obtain repeat supplies of Cialis online, but only after an initial diagnosis and assessment.

Is Cialis suitable for all men?

Cialis, along with the other commonly used ED medicines Viagra/sildenafil and Levitra are usually effective and well tolerated treatments. Most men are able to take them and they usually work well. However, men taking some prescription medicines, most notably drugs called nitrates used to treat heart disease, but also some other prescription medicines, should not take Cialis. Men who have some medical conditions, particularly those effecting exercise tolerance should also not take Cialis. Always consult your regular doctor before starting ED treatment. Online doctors carry out checks through online questionnaires, but this does not replace and initial face-to-face assessments and regular medical check-ups are necessary.

What is the difference between Cialis and Viagra?

They are similar in that they treat ED in the same way by altering blood flow in the penis and are both classed medically as PDE5 inhibitors. They differ in their duration of action. Viagra remains active for about 4 hours after taking a tablet and Cialis for about 36 hours.

Why is Cialis sometimes called the 'weekend pill'?

A Cialis tablet taken on Friday evening will usually remain active through a whole weekend until Sunday evening, hence the name.

Why do some men take Cialis every day?

Most men take Cialis occasionally up to a maximum of 2 or 3 tablets per week. They take a tablet if they expect to be sexually active in the following 36 hours. Men who regularly require Cialis more than twice a week sometimes prefer to take a lower dose 2.5mg or 5mg tablet each day. These low dose tablets are specifically for daily use and provide a continuous level of treatment.

Is Cialis stronger than Viagra and Levitra?

No, the duration of action is longer, 36 hours for Cialis compared with 12 for Levitra and 4 hours for Viagra, however most men find that during this active period the treatments are equally effective when equivalent strength tablets are used. The lower strength of each is Cialis 10mg, Levitra 5mg, and Viagra 25mg and the upper doses 20mg, 20mg, and 100mg respectively. Some men find one type of tablet works better for them than another, but this is not usually the case.

Is there a lower cost generic version of Cialis?

No, not legally. Cialis is still under patent by the drug company which developed it, Eli Lilly until at least November 2017. You may come across suppliers who claim to supply cheap generic Cialis, but this will not be legally licensed in the UK nor will the manufacture be subject to the UK regulation. It could be entirely fake and quite possibly ineffective and/or dangerous.

Who can legally supply Cialis in the UK?

Only registered pharmacies are allowed to supply Cialis. It is a prescription only medicine. In most cases doctors write the prescriptions and pharmacies dispense the tablets. Some specialist pharmacists can also prescribe Cialis or supply it using a 'patient group direction'. In all cases only registered pharmacies can supply it.

Why do the prices of Cialis vary?

The amount pharmacies pay for Cialis is the wholesale price set by the drug company Eli Lilly. The amount pharmacies charge patients will depend on their business models. Some supply Cialis with a small profit margin and others with bigger profit margins. It is usually worth shopping around for the lowest cost supplier, but always use a registered pharmacy to avoid fake medicines.

Can I get Cialis on the NHS?

This depends, there are strict criteria in the NHS for the supply of Cialis and limits on the amounts which can be prescribed. NHS prescription fees apply.

Can I get Cialis on a private prescription from my doctor?

Some doctors, particularly private doctors, but also some GPs, will write private prescriptions for Cialis. NHS doctors usually charge in the region of £25.00 to write private prescriptions, and private doctors usually quite a lot more. A private prescription can be taken to or posted to a pharmacy for dispensing. The cost of the medicine is in addition to the prescription fee. When medicines are supplied online an electronic private prescription from a doctor is usually involved and costs are usually quite a lot lower.

Can Cialis tablets be divided and taken in parts?

No, Cialis tablets are film coated and are intended to be swallowed whole. Cutting up the tablets will reduce their effectiveness.

Why should Cialis not be taken with recreational or illegal drugs?

People who take illegal drugs are likely to engage in risky sexual practices and this likelihood is increased when ED treatments are taken at the same time. There is also an increase in side effects, such as changes in vision and changes in blood pressure. The combination of Cialis and cocaine and other recreational drugs may lead to the rare but dangerous condition of priapism in which a prolonged erection of more than an hour or two can cause permanent damage to the erectile tissues. See Beware club drugs and Viagra.

Is ED counselling better than tablets?

This depends - ED increases with age, effecting up to 40% of men by the age of 50. In many men there is no significant psychological cause and counselling is likely to be ineffective. In other men stress, relationship difficulties, and psychosexual factors play a role and for these men counselling may be preferable. Sometimes a combination of tablet treatments and counselling works best.

See also erectile dysfunction FAQs page.

Authored 7 December 2012 by Dr Tony Steele, MB ChB

Reviewed 28 November 2016 by Dr B. Babor, MB ChB

Last updated 2 December 2016

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Excellent service

08/12/2016 08:09
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Very good product

04/12/2016 08:49
Anonymous Verified

Works perfectly

28/11/2016 17:17
Anonymous Verified

i can see why they call it the weekend drug

28/11/2016 17:04
Anonymous Verified

Too early to review, but no problems so far.

28/11/2016 16:34
Anonymous Verified

The drug is very well tolerated and has no side effects. The desired effect turned quickly.

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