Cialis And Alcohol: Everything You Need To Know

Introduction

Cialis (Tadalafil) is a drug usually prescribed for treating erectile dysfunction or ED. The drug was first approved in the year 2003. ED is a condition wherein the patient has difficulty in achieving or maintaining erections. Cialis belongs to a class of drugs called PDE5 inhibitors, which work by targeting the PDE5 enzymes and increasing the cGMP enzymes in the bloodstream. These cGMP enzymes allow the smooth muscle fibers lining the blood vessels to relax, which, in turn, increases blood flow to the penis. This increased blood flow allows the patient to maintain an erection.

Coming over to alcohol, everyone can agree to the fact that it adds life to gatherings, intensifies emotions, and makes hangouts with friends way merrier. However, this dose of alcohol should be moderate and limited to only one or two drinks. Especially when you consume medication. Not only that, but people with ED issues must also refrain from alcohol consumption as it only worsens the condition. Excessive alcohol itself is considered to be one of the factors that cause ED. Tadalafil may have only mild effects when mixed with alcohol, but it won’t be a good idea to do so, as it may result in a significant drop in blood pressure.

Let us discuss further to know more about this.

Effects of mixing Alcohol and Cialis

If you mix Cialis and alcohol, you might want to be careful and be aware of the following consequences:

Low Blood Pressure:

Cialis works by widening the blood vessels in the arteries, just like all PDE5 inhibitors. This action increases blood flow to the affected areas in the body and reduces blood pressure. Alcohol too is known to widen the blood vessels and lower blood pressure. So, if you have had a couple of drinks before your dose of Cialis, you are at an increased risk of side effects like low blood pressure. This, coupled with the effects of alcohol, would cause dizziness, fuzzy vision, and even nausea. All this, in summary, would only harm your ability to sustain erections.

Impact on the Digestive System and Endocrine Glands:

Alcohol needs no introduction when it comes to its negative effects. One of its many adverse side effects is the negative impact alcohol has on the digestive and endocrine glands. Binge drinking or regular intake of alcohol in more than recommended amounts has consequences on the functionality of the pancreas. This results in abnormal insulin secretion and may even lead to the inflammation of the pancreas. Inflamed pancreas could lead to another severe health condition altogether, known as pancreatitis. Alcohol also affects the way the endocrine system of the body works. It can interfere with the functioning of endocrine glands, and hence impact the synthesis of hormones like thyroid, growth hormone, etc.

Impact on the Prostate Gland and Testicles:

The effects of alcohol on reproductive health are well researched and documented. It is a commonly known fact that alcohol negatively affects the prostate gland and the testicles. The prostate gland produces semen, which is necessary for the nourishment and fertility of men. It also has a diuretic function which keeps the semen from mixing with urine. Regular alcohol consumption causes inflammation in the prostate gland and may lead to prostatitis. Prostatitis causes severe pain while urinating. 

Alcohol is also known to reduce sperm count in men. The toxins in alcohol and cocktail mixers get absorbed by the testicles. This harms the sperm count and lowers the quality of sperm further produced, adversely affecting overall fertility. ED patients are at a higher risk of this condition and hence they must abstain from alcohol altogether. If not possible, then they must refrain from regular drinking and binge drinking. 

Regular alcohol consumption may reduce the overall effectiveness of Cialis in the long run. The human body is capable of managing the occasional mix of tadalafil and alcohol. However, it does not mean that this ability of the body should be put to test.

High Cholesterol Levels:

Regular consumption of alcohol is linked to high cholesterol levels in the body. Cholesterol is a harbinger of a variety of diseases. High cholesterol is linked to poor sexual health, low motivation, negative mood swings, weight gain, high blood pressure, and heart diseases. 

High cholesterol levels in the body can clog the arteries and veins of the heart and lungs. This may cause angina along with several heart- related conditions. In this situation, if a person is already prescribed Cialis for ED, he would not be prescribed another PDE5 inhibitor for PAH. As a result, the person will have to take a host of other medicines, which only leads to additional side effects, eventually deteriorating the quality of life.

Impaired Cognition:

Alcohol causes chemical imbalances in the brain which negatively impact the cognitive abilities of an individual. Although these effects wear off as alcohol exits the body, the case may not be the same for chronic drinkers. In chronic drinkers. Alcohol is known to cause permanent damage to cognitive abilities and affect motor skills. 

Alcohol also impacts the coordination between the brain and the nervous system. The chemical imbalances caused by alcohol meddle with the brain’s function of sending signals to various body parts. For example – the brain sends half-signals to the penile tissues in the penis for sexual arousal and erections. Due to the influence of alcohol, these signals are not correctly received by the tissues and other receptors. As a result, the body fails to achieve a state of sexual arousal which is the main prerequisite for Cialis to work.

Is it safe to take alcohol with Cialis?

Research and discussions over this topic have often included a very equivocal answer. Moderate and occasional consumption of alcohol may not harm the prostate or meddle with the functioning of Cialis. However, drinking more than recommended amounts may have negative impacts in both the short and long run. Short term implications may include nausea, fuzziness, blurred vision, lack of coordination, etc. whereas the long term effects would be heart complications and worsening of ED symptoms, which is certainly unwanted. 

Not only ED, but alcohol can also interfere with tadalafil or Cialis during an ongoing treatment for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)s. Cialis, as a PDE5 inhibitor, curbs the growth of the PDE5 enzyme and in turn promotes the growth of cGMP enzyme that widens the blood vessels, consequently reducing blood pressure. Alcohol, as a depressant, also reduces blood pressure. This may lead to a significant drop in blood pressure which would make the PAH treatment ineffective.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it can be said that there is no harm in having a drink or two with Cialis. Although you must then stick to the phrase of ‘a drink or two.’ Regular alcohol consumption is linked to an unsatisfactory sex life. If you face alcohol addiction issues, you must visit a rehabilitation center. Medical professionals should be your go-to choice for any sex life issues.