How does Cialis work?
January 15, 2011 2:53 PM Subscribe
Performance-anxiety filter: I'm a early-30s guy who is incredibly sexually inexperienced who has some questions about the pills that tend to help with this problem.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (5 answers total)
Pre-emptive "I know you are not a doctor, but mine is a bit hard to get in touch with, and google gives me nothing but sites trying to sell the drug).
I was always the guy who was hard until things progressed past dry-humping, & then my member would retreat, and no amount of coxing would bring back the erection. Queue self-esteem issues as a result. A few months back, I finally manned up & went to a urologist to see what could be done. Tests were done: my testorone levels were normal, my equipment was functioning (I had no issues masturbating, but it was nice to see a scientific test to wipe away fears), and my problem was psychological in nature. I was prescribed 20mg of Cialis, and told to split the pills in half (10mg-ish).
The first few times sex came up, we didn't have access to a pill splitter, so I took the entire 20mg dosage. The resulting sex had my penis feeling kinda numb, with a lot of work to make me ejaculate.
I wound up breaking up with that lover only after 2 attempts (hopefully it was unrelated!), so I was not able to utilize the scientific method to answer my question. I did have a Cialis pill that I had split but did not use as the relationship dissolved. A few months pass, I've started dating a new person that I'm definitely feeling a strong sexual attraction to. I took that split Cialis dosage (which is about 3.5 months exposed to air at that time, lying on a shelf) about 45 minutes before the heavy makeout sections starts, & sadly am unable to get it up when the time comes. Additional details: I had been drinking a lot that night (I thought this sort of drugs worked against whiskeydick?), I had a slight cold, I started taking twice-daily doses of 20mg of Adderall starting a month prior, and I didn't have the best week of sleep for the week preceding (about 3-4 hours a night).
Was the numbing a common side effect for taking a higher dosage than needed?
If the Cialis pill is split, does exposure to air reduce the potency of the drug?
Was it possible the other elements of the night are why I had my issue?
Should I stay with the 10mg, or try the 20mg again?
Any other possible variables I should think or worry about?
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