Cialis is for the young, Viagra is for the old. Is this a story spun by the pharmaceutical industry? Here, we focus on what you need to know about Cialis, a commonly used medication in treating erectile dysfunction (ED) in Singapore, We have put on it side-by-side with Viagra, and explore where you can buy Cialis in Singapore.

What is the history of Cialis?

Cialis (previously known as IC351) was first synthesized in 1990 in the ICOS Corporation, a Washington-based research company.

In 1998, pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly joined the ICOS Corporation to expand the marketing venture of IC351, which was recognized to improve erectile function.

In November 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Cialis for the treatment of ED.

Lilly’s patent expired in 2020. This allowed for legal production of generic Cialis, commonly known as tadalafil. Generics have the huge benefit of being a lot cheaper.

How does Cialis work?

Cialis increases blood flow into the penis during sexual arousal.

This helps achieve and/or maintain erection. It is worth noting that Cialis has no effect in the absence of sexual stimulation.

Why is there 5mg and 20mg of Cialis in Singapore?

There are mainly two different strengths of Cialis, 5mg and 20mg. Either of them can be used for ED, but are carter to different personal needs.

Cialis 20mg, also known as the “weekend pill”, is best known for lasting 36 hours. Take it on a Friday night, and its effects last you through most of the weekend. 

The catch is 20mg of Cialis still requires some planning. You have to take it for an hour before sexual activity.

As for the lower strength version, 5mg Cialis is taken once a day.

It enables those who do not like to plan ahead, to have a more flexible arrangement and spontaneous sexual experience.

Cialis 5mg is more often used by older folks who have some degree of enlarged prostate symptoms. A daily dose of Cialis 5mg is also recognised to improve urine flow.

What about Viagra? Is Cialis the same as Viagra?

Both Viagra and Cialis are effective treatments for ED, but their properties are slightly different.

Let’s look at the main differences between Cialis and Viagra.

Cialis (tadalafil) Viagra (sildenafil)
Duration of action Up to 36 hours ~4 hours
Dosing frequency Might not need a 2nd dose if your next sexual activity is within 36 hours from the 1st dose Need to take a dose before each sexual activity
Safety interval with nitrates 48 hours 24 hours
Undesirable effects Might be more frequent with a lower daily dose of Cialis as the medication is “maintained” in your body Transient
Price (per pill) From S$80 From S$8 (when purchased through Sire)

 

So, how do I choose between Cialis and Viagra?

 

In the end, it boils down to your priorities and needs.

You need to ask yourself the following questions and rank them by what matters the most to you.

Questions Cialis (tadalafil) Viagra (sildenafil)
Am I O 

K to take the medication before each sexual activity?

Yes
(Might be more preferred as it is cleared from the body faster.
No
(You could have sex within 36 hours from the 1st dose without the need to take a 2nd dose.)
X
Am I OK with planning sex ahead? Yes
No
(Once daily dose allows you to have flexibility.)
X
Am I worried about the (potential) longer-lasting undesirable effects? Yes X
(Lower daily dose is not ideal.)
No
Am I taking nitrates? Yes X
(Space 48 hours apart from nitrates.)

(Space 24 hours apart from nitrates.)
No
Is price a concern for me? Yes X
No

If you enjoy spontaneous sexual activity and dislike taking medications before sex, Cialis will be a better choice.

 

 

A Cialis is a once daily dose allows you to get hard whenever you need – even a single dose will prime your body for the next 36-hours.

On the other hand, if you are worried about the potential side effects and prefer a “shorter-lived” medication, Viagra is your go-to option as it is cleared from the body much faster.

If you are taking nitrates (a kind of heart-related medication), you might want to opt for Viagra as it has a better safety interval than Cialis.

Is generic Cialis available in Singapore?

 

Generic medications are known to be much cheaper than their branded counterparts, and they still hold the same active ingredient as the original.

As much as pharmaceutical giant Lilly’s patent on Cialis is over, there are still no generics commercially available in Singapore, as of 2021.

 

Where can I buy Cialis in Singapore?

Cialis is a prescription-only medication in Singapore.

So, if you are looking for a safe and legitimate choice, you will need to see a doctor to obtain Cialis.

Let’s look at a quick breakdown of the current available safe options in Singapore.

Ease of access Discreet Convenience Affordability
Digital Clinics (eg. Sire) Instant ☆☆☆☆☆ ☆☆☆☆☆ ☆☆☆
Public Hospital Months ☆☆☆
Private specialist Weeks ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆
Pharmacy Only walk-ins ☆☆ ☆☆ ☆☆
GP Clinics Only walk-ins ☆☆ ☆☆☆

Whether you are getting it from a specialised men’s health clinic, or the GP clinic, you could be paying a different price for the same medication.

In generally, you can legally obtain Cialis in Singapore ranging from $80-100 per box.

 

Can I get Cialis sent to my Singapore home directly?

 

It might be tempting to buy ED pills off the internet such as online pharmacies. They often lead you to a website that isn’t locally registered, with an incontactable hotline listed in USA or Canada.

Before you do so, be weary that you are exposing yourself to health risks and scams when using e-pharmacy.

Thankfully, Singapore healthcare landscape is much more progressive than a decade before.

Sire is a one such direct-to-consumer men’s health service that specializes in bringing safe and respecful treatment to your doorstep.

The experience is truly unique, from a seamless online survey, to customized discreet packaging – you are gauaranteed a respectful and embarassment-free experience.

 

 

Code switching between Cialis and Viagra

All prescription ED medications are effective to improve your erection.

In fact, you can cycle between Viagra, Cialis, or even third-generation ED treatment like Spedra, to cater to different occasions.

More importantly, you are not alone in this journey. ED affects more Singaporean men, and it affects both young and old.

If it is your first time seeking treatment for ED, try discussing it with our trusted doctors at Sire. As long as you experiment safely, you could your sex life and maintain a healthy relationship with your partner.

You can make a difference.

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