Cialis Receives FDA Approval to Treat Enlarged Prostate Symptoms

Cialis gets FDA clearance for prostate enlargement treatment About half of men over 50 have some form of prostate disease. The condition generally occurs due to enlarged size of the prostate gland. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Eli Lily’s Cialis to treat enlarged prostate, a condition medically known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Until now, Cialis (generic: tadalafil) has been used to manage impotence or erectile dysfunction in men. This is the ninth drug that has been approved by the FDA to help men with BPH.

The exact cause for BPH is unknown, but age and genetics play an important role in the occurrence of the disease. Many enlarged prostate patients do not have any symptoms while others may experience painful and frequent urination, incontinence and urinary retention. “BPH can have a big impact on a patient’s quality of life,” Scott Monroe, director of the FDA’s division of reproductive and urologic products, told Fox News. “Cialis offers these men another treatment option, particularly those who also have ED (erectile dysfunction), which is also common in older men.”

The FDA evaluated two different clinical trials involving Cialis and men with BPH, and found that the drug led to significant improvement in symptoms. A third trial involving men with BPH and erectile dysfunction showed similar results.

How to Use?

Cialis relaxes the muscles of the prostate and increases blood flow to the organ. The drug is available as tablets and may be taken before or after meals. Two dosing options are available – Cialis for daily use and 36-hour Cialis. The dosing schedule varies, depending on your age and overall health. Your doctor may help establish a regimen that is right for you. It is best if you take your entire dose at the same time each day, says the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Try to avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice while taking Cialis as it may lead to potentially dangerous side effects.

Side Effects

Other side effects associated with Cialis include headache, indigestion, nausea, vomiting and pain in stomach, muscles, arms or legs. Most of these problems subside within 48 hours of starting the treatment. However, you must talk to a doctor right away if the symptoms worsen or if you experience other problems such as blurred vision, loss of hearing, erection that lasts longer than 4 hours, rash or chest pain.

Men taking nitrates such as nitroglycerin should not take Cialis as it may lead to unsafe drop in blood pressure, according to an FDA warning published in the US News and World Report. Cialis may also interfere with certain antifungal and antidepressant medications, and with antibiotics such as erythromycin and clarithromycin. So, inform your doctor about any other medications you might be taking, or if you have a history of heart disease and stroke.

The 5 milligram pills of Cialis, which have been approved by the FDA for treating prostate enlargement, are available at Drugstore.com for $134.00. The manufacturer has no plans of making it an over-the-counter drug, nor do they anticipate any generic versions of the medication anytime soon, as patents will protect the drug until 2017.