How and Where to Buy Generic Cialis

How and Where to Buy Generic Cialis (Tadalafil)

Medically Reviewed by Leann Poston, M.D. on 9/21/20

Cialis is one of the “big three” oral erectile dysfunction treatments developed in the late 1990s and early 2000s.  Along with Viagra and Levitra, these three medications collectively have become among the most-prescribed annually for most of the last 20 or so years.  Cialis itself was approved for use in 2003 and routinely ranks in the top 300 most-prescribed drugs globally each year.  It is now beyond patent protection, and therefore available as a generic (tadalafil) in addition to the name-brand Cialis (McGraw Hill Medical, 2020). 

As a result of this generic availability, many pharmacies and online health services have started to stock and sell generic Cialis (tadalafil).  Below, we’ll provide some guidance to consumers on how and where to buy generic Cialis, along with some of the details related to this ED treatment that you should keep in mind when choosing a source for tadalafil. 

The Basics of Generic Cialis (Tadalafil)

To start, it’s useful to have some background knowledge on what Cialis is and how it works before we move on to how and where to buy generic Cialis.  Simply put, Cialis (and generic version tadalafil) is an oral medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED).  ED is a condition that will impact many men at some point in their lives, with an increasing incidence as men age.  Tadalafil temporarily relieves erectile dysfunction symptoms and makes it easier for men to achieve and maintain an erection for sexual activity when decreased blood flow is the cause of ED. 

How Cialis works is similar to the other drugs mentioned earlier.  Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis are all PDE-5 inhibitors.  Without getting into too much science, the process of erection involves a chemical pathway known as the cGMP cycle.  PDE-5 is an enzyme that breaks down cGMP, decreasing nitric oxide in penile tissue, and thus countering the erectile response.  By reducing (inhibiting) the action of the PDE-5 enzyme, Cialis helps keep nitric oxide levels higher, promoting more blood flow, making it easier for men to achieve and maintain an erection. 

Importantly, PDE-5 inhibitors like Cialis have some drug interactions and conditions which would counter-indicate the use of Cialis. Overall, it is generally considered safe and effective for the vast majority of men.  Tadalafil should not be combined with other oral ED medications or ED treatments.  Typical side effects include headache, muscle pain, heartburn, flushing of the face, and nasal congestion.

If Cialis is used properly, as per the prescribing instructions, and obtained from a licensed medical provider, most men can see results as soon as their first dose, reducing or eliminating erectile dysfunction while the drug remains active in the body.  It does not cause spontaneous erections but makes it easier to become erect when stimulated sexually – an ideal situation for most men struggling with ED. 

Use of Generic Cialis

Cialis is a tablet for oral administration. It has two primary dosing formats, to be used as needed prior to sexual activity or as a lower daily dosage.

Tadalafil comes in the following strengths: 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg doses.  As with many erectile dysfunction medications, you should always take the lowest effective dose and as prescribed by your physician.

Following the oral administration of tadalafil, it is broken down through the digestive process and enters the bloodstream.  This takes between a half-hour and 2 hours to be fully active.  Unlike some other oral ED medications, which tend to absorb much slower after eating, tadalafil seems to work just as well with or without meals.

Tadalafil tends to have a longer elimination half-life in the body than many of its competitor PDE-5 inhibitors.  Though it goes to work just as fast, it lasts for up to 36 hours in the bloodstream.  By comparison, Viagra (and generic sildenafil) only last for around 3 to 5 hours in the bloodstream.  This makes tadalafil a better option for longer-term spontaneity of sexual encounters for most men.  It should still be taken approximately 1-2 hours prior to sex, but it is not as important to be as regimented or as scheduled with sexual activity when taking tadalafil as with other oral ED medications. Tadalafil should not be taken more than once in a 24 hour period.

As always, it is extremely important to observe the dosing amount and frequency information provided by your prescriber.  Taking too much Cialis, or taking it too often, can drastically increase the risk of side effects or complications, including priapism, a long-lasting erection that becomes painful and does not go away on its own, which is considered a medical emergency and can cause permanent damage to the penis. 

Why Generic Cialis Requires a Prescription

As should be evident from the above, Cialis (and generic tadalafil) are extremely powerful medications.  It should come as no surprise to anyone considering where to buy generic Cialis that it requires a prescription, like all other oral ED medications.  It’s not available over the counter or without a prescription online – at least not legally.  The potential for serious side-effects, especially when misused or where existing medical problems exist, means that it would be unsafe to sell without a doctor’s consultation first.

The prescription process means that a licensed doctor must first review a patient’s medical history, and medical conditions, before determining if an oral ED treatment like tadalafil is right for them.  This helps reduce the risk of adverse events, side effects, and complications among the general population of potential tadalafil users.  Though it certainly does add an extra layer of difficulty to the process of obtaining tadalafil and similar medications, it’s a trade-off that is generally accepted to help prevent misuse or abuse of the medication.

How and Where to Buy Generic Cialis

There are three categories of options for where to buy generic Cialis today, though only two of them are recommended.  We include all three here in detail to help you understand the importance of choosing a quality source for your Cialis or other medications.  Below, we’ll explore these routes in more detail.  Once you’ve chosen a route to go, you can then look at different companies, practitioners, and firms and choose the one that best meets your individual needs.

Of course, we encourage you to use our services at Invigor Medical.  However, we want you to stay safe regardless of which route you choose.  That’s why we’ve provided this look at the pros and cons associated with all of these options of where to buy generic Cialis.  That will allow you to make an informed decision as a patient and a consumer, and help ensure you get safe, pure, quality medication and proper medical supervision for treating your ED with Cialis or any other ED medication. 

Primary Care/General Practitioner or Specialist and Local Pharmacy

The most familiar route for most people seeking a prescription medication is to visit a doctor or specialist, often your general practitioner/primary care physician, and then fill a prescription at your local pharmacy.  This is certainly a safe route to ensure you obtain legitimate medication under good medical supervision. 

While being a familiar and safe way to obtain tadalafil, however, this route is not without its share of drawbacks and limitations.  Briefly, some of those include:

  • Difficulty for many men to discuss sexual health and erectile dysfunction with their doctor in person.  This often leads to many men failing to bring up the subject and going untreated for long periods of time unnecessarily.
  • Long lead time for obtaining an appointment with a GP or specialist, often months for non-urgent issues. 
  • Significant wait time at the actual appointment, along with minimal face time with the actual doctor.
  • Potential exposure to multiple sick patients at a doctor’s appointment.
  • Need for travel to a doctor, which can be considerable in more rural areas.
  • An extra trip to a pharmacy to drop off a prescription, then pick it up later.
  • Significant cost, even with good insurance, to pay for the appointment and medication.  Many insurance providers don’t cover ED medications, and even if they do, high co-pays, deductibles, etc. associated with the appointment and medication purchase are common.

Taken together, this means there are a lot of potential stumbling blocks or negatives associated with a traditional doctor and pharmacy route in terms of where to buy generic Cialis.  Naturally, this has resulted in many men turning to the Internet as a better source for medication.  However, this is a mixed bag depending on how you go about things, as we’ll explain in the next two sections below. 

Online Pharmacies without a Prescription

At first, one online option for where to buy generic Cialis may appear ideal – low prices, no need for a prescription, just click buy, put in your information, and check out.  However, in reality, this is not a very good option at all.  Online sites offering generic Cialis or other prescription medications, without requiring a prescription or medical consultation, are operating illegally and generally may be scams.  Remember the adage – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

No doubt, getting your ED medication online is appealing for many men.  It’s easier to talk to a doctor remotely, less embarrassing to fill an ED prescription online than in person, and so on.  But that doesn’t eliminate the requirement for a prescription, which in turn doesn’t eliminate the need for a medical consultation with a licensed doctor.  Companies offering generic Cialis or other prescription medications, without the need for a prescription, cannot be legally dispensing prescription drugs.

As a result, you’ll often end up the victim of a scam, with your personal or financial information compromised.  You may or may not receive medication when you order it, and it’s an open question as to what that medication may contain.  It could be something harmless like sugar pills, or it could be something contaminated and dangerous.  It could be a legitimate medication that has been cut with fillers and is not effective, or it could be something far more dangerous.  There’s no reason to risk your health or gamble when you’re talking about a medication you will be ingesting.

It would be best if you didn’t even consider this a real option to buy generic Cialis.  Legitimate telemedicine sites will require you to have a prescription, and a telemedicine appointment with a licensed doctor, in order to issue that prescription.  They also will only work with legitimate pharmacies, whose credentials and information can easily be found on their site and verified with the relevant state pharmacy boards where they are located. 

Telemedicine Consultation and Associated Online Pharmacy

Perhaps the best choice for where to buy generic Cialis these days is through an online telemedicine firm with its own affiliated online pharmacy.  Effectively, these companies provide you with the kind of legitimate medical care you’d get from your doctor while leveraging technology to remove all those disadvantages we spoke about earlier.  You can save time, money, and get your medication more conveniently when choosing a telehealth provider for your ED medication.

The way it works is that you first will have a video or telephone conference appointment with a licensed doctor.  The doctor will review your medical history, current and past medications, and overall health situation.  They will discuss your particular ED and sexual health concerns and help to determine if generic Cialis or another oral ED medication is right for you.  If it is, they will issue you a prescription and transmit it instantly to their affiliated online pharmacy.  The pharmacy will process the prescription and ship the medication to your home in a matter of days.  It’s that simple!

In fact, it’s an easy, fast, and convenient option for where to buy generic Cialis (tadalafil) as well as other ED treatments.  It’s also affordable, saving you time and money over a conventional doctor’s appointment.  There’s also physical and mental distance between you and a remote telemedicine doctor, which can make it much easier for many men to discuss erectile dysfunction. 

When you choose a quality telemedicine firm like Invigor Medical, you are getting both top-quality medical care and pure, high-quality medication.  Invigor Medical only works with licensed, US-based pharmacies to fulfill your prescription orders – pharmacies that source and compound medications consistent with FDA requirements.  It’s just as safe as going to your local pharmacy, but far more convenient.  All of your information is kept private, while still allowing you to remotely get the care of a licensed doctor to manage your ED treatment.  In that respect, it’s really the best of both worlds in terms of where to buy generic Cialis and other ED medications.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does generic Cialis work just as well as the brand name Cialis?

Yes, generic Cialis works just as well as brand name Cialis.  The active medication, tadalafil, is the same in both generic and brand name Cialis, as is required by law.  Manufacturers of generic versions of drugs must prove, through studies, that the bioavailability of the active ingredient is the same in their generic as it is in the brand medication.  There can be some variation in the inert/inactive ingredients that make up the medication, but that has no impact on the efficacy of a generic as compared to brand name medication. 

How often can I take an oral ED treatment like tadalafil?

Whenever you are prescribed a medication, it’s important to follow the dosing amount and frequency listed on the prescription and provided with the prescribing literature. Typically, however, tadalafil should be taken as needed, 1 to 2 hours prior to sexual activity, and not more than once every 24 hours. 

Does tadalafil actually work?

Tadalafil, like all PDE-5 inhibitors, has a very good track record of success in treating erectile dysfunction in most men.  Everyone responds slightly differently to medication. Certain medical conditions, medication combinations, and other factors may mean it does not always work as well for you as it does for most people.  The overall popularity of the medications in this class is a testament to the fact that they work fairly well for the vast majority of men with ED.  As always, though, it is important to note that these medications do not cure ED or any underlying conditions – they allow men to overcome the causative factors that lead to ED while the drug is active in their system. 

Concluding Thoughts

Our aim with this guide was to help provide you with more information to make an informed choice about where to buy generic Cialis.  While we very much hope you consider choosing Invigor Medical as your telemedicine provider and source for tadalafil, we want you to have all the facts.  For most patients, a telemedicine provider is simply faster and more convenient than visiting a doctor and having a prescription filled locally.  It can also be far more affordable.  And in all cases, it’s far safer than gambling on a site that offers ED medications without a prescription.  Those options should not be considered at all and avoided at all costs!

To schedule an appointment at Invigor Medical, or to learn more about the telemedicine process, costs of medication, and more, visit us online at https://invigormedical.com!

DISCLAIMER

While we strive to always provide accurate, current, and safe advice in all of our articles and guides, it’s important to stress that they are no substitute for medical advice from a doctor or healthcare provider.  You should always consult a practicing professional who can diagnose your specific case.  The content we’ve included in this guide is merely meant to be informational and does not constitute medical advice. 

References

  • McGraw Hill Medical. (2020). Access Pharmacy Top 300 drug List. Retrieved from https://accesspharmacy.mhmedical.com/SS/Top300DrugList.aspx