The Erection Drug Tadalafil May Have Other Benefits Beyond the Bedroom

written by Skye Sherman - Sep 19, 2022
medically reviewed by Dr. Tolulope Olabintan, MD - Oct 31, 2022

The Erection Drug Tadalafil May Have Other Benefits Beyond the Bedroom

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, you know the pain and inconvenience of this unfortunate condition, not to mention the

stress and anxiety. If you’ve brought it up with your health care professional, you may even be on the prescription drug Tadalafil, a vasodilator more commonly known by one of its brand names, Cialis. This prescription drug can treat erectile dysfunction, but did you know it might also have other benefits?

That’s right… ED drugs aren’t just for ED. There are other secondary benefits that may come as a welcome side effect to taking Tadalafil. Moreover, people might be prescribed Tadalafil for reasons completely outside erectile dysfunction!

Did you know that people with an enlarged prostate or high blood pressure in the lungs might also be prescribed Tadalafil? Read on to learn more about the other benefits that may come along with taking Tadalafil.

Tadalafil and enlarged prostate

One of the second most well known use cases of Tadalafil, besides treating ED and improving your sex life, is using Tadalafil for enlarged prostate.

An article in Mayo Clinic explains, “Tadalafil is also used to treat men who have signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH is caused by an enlarged prostate. Men with BPH usually have difficulty urinating, a decreased flow of urination, hesitation at the beginning of urination, and a need to get up at night to urinate. Tadalafil will make these symptoms less severe and reduce the chance that prostate surgery will be needed.”

Did you know Cialis is actually FDA-approved to treat enlarged prostate? And, as WebMD puts it, “It may also be used to treat men who have both enlarged prostate and erectile dysfunction (ED) at the same time.” That means that this one drug can help with two different problematic conditions!

The symptoms of enlarged prostate can severely hinder a man’s quality of life, but Tadalafil can help. A man may be prescribed Tadalafil for either condition, or both at the same time.

Tadalafil’s anti-cancer properties

Believe it or not, Tadalafil may also have the power to ward off cancer. It can discourage tumor growth as well as help patients better respond to cancer treatments they are undergoing. reports, “Tadalafil is a drug that has been shown to effectively reduce a kind of cell called myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC), which are cells that help tumors continue to grow rather than being defeated by the immune system. Giving tadalafil may help patients respond better to radiation therapy and temozolomide.”

Of course, Tadalafil is not a replacement for healthy choices and other methods of warding off cancer. But it’s encouraging to know that this ED drug may also help those with cancer. Its anti-cancer properties certainly warrant further study and research.

Tadalafil and dementia

Tadalafil may also have the power to help prevent dementia.

According to Everyday Health, “Results from a small clinical trial suggest that Cialis, an erectile dysfunction drug in the same family of medicines as Viagra, might help prevent vascular dementia by increasing blood flow in the brain.”

Better blood flow to the brain can be a big help in warding off dementia. That’s because vascular dementia occurs when damaged blood vessels in the brain deprive cells of oxygen and nutrients. This age-related disease results in overall cognitive decline and even full-blown dementia.

However, just like Tadalafil works as an ED drug by improving blood flow to the penis, this same medication might also be able to boost blood flow to the brain in those who are suffering from narrowing brain arteries. Narrowing of the brain arteries is a major factor in cognitive decline and diseases like dementia. If Tadalafil can help to get more blood flow to the brain, it may have positive effects on dementia and similar age-related cognitive conditions.

Another interesting finding shared by Everyday Health is that these ED drugs might also be able to prevent dementia before it ever sets in. The article states, “One study … examined insurance claims data for 7.23 million people and found that patients taking the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil (Viagra) were 69 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.”

The ED drug was also associated with increased nerve tissue growth in the brain and less inflammation, both of which can lead to a lower risk of developing dementia.

In addition, Medical Xpress published an article about a study that had similar findings: “Tadalafil belongs to the same group of drugs, and the researchers hypothesize that the mechanisms that increase blood flow in other parts of the body, may also apply in the brain—providing brain cells with a healthier blood supply and reducing dementia symptoms. Tadalafil was selected as the drug candidate for the trial because of its longer half-life (remaining in the bloodstream for longer) and evidence that it is better able to enter the brain.”

Researchers have suggested further investigation of tadalafil to determine and prove its effectiveness in older age groups over a longer time period. If you need boosted blood flow to your brain, it may surprise you to learn that an ED drug may be just the ticket!

Can Tadalafil lower the risk of heart attack and stroke?

Tadalafil has also been shown to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke. According to Vault Health, “New studies published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that men who use medications like Viagra or Cialis…may have fewer rates of cardiovascular events, like heart attacks and strokes. … new research suggests that PDE5 inhibitor treatment for ED is also associated with significantly lower risk of death and development of cardiovascular disease.”

This is likely because PDE5 inhibitors like Tadalafil work by “enhancing the effects of nitric oxide to relax the penile muscles, expand blood vessels, and improve blood flow,” which may help other parts of the body as well. If poor blood flow is occurring in the penis, it’s likely happening in other parts of the body as well. Poor blood flow to the heart or brain is what can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

But that’s not all. Have you heard of pulmonary arterial hypertension? (No, it’s not just a condition for people who don’t eat enough kimchi!) This condition is when high blood pressure occurs in the main artery that carries blood from the right side of the heart to the lungs and is marked by high blood pressure, specifically in the vessels that carry blood to the lungs. The result is shortness of breath, dizziness, and tiredness. Tadalafil can also come in handy here by improving the ability to exercise in people who have this condition. That means that both women and men may be prescribed this ED drug!

As Mayo Clinic explains it, “When the smaller blood vessels in the lungs become more resistant to blood flow, the right ventricle must work harder to pump enough blood through the lungs. Tadalafil works on the PDE5 enzyme in the lungs to relax the blood vessels. This will increase the supply of blood to the lungs and reduce the workload of the heart.”

When used to treat PAH, it’s typically sold under the brand name Adcirca.

How to get Tadalafil for your health

As great as Tadalafil is sounding, with all of its various benefits, you may be wanting to try it for yourself! However, please note that a prescription is required to buy Cialis from our certified Canadian pharmacy.

Moreover, everyone who is prescribed Tadalafil should be cautious and aware of the side effects and potential interactions with other prescription medications, food, and supplements. Always consult your doctor regarding the proper dosage and use cases.

If you have a prescription for Tadalafil, ordering from our online Canadian pharmacy is a very convenient and easy way to get your drugs delivered to your door at a great price.



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