How to Break a Cialis Dependency
Can you become dependent on Cialis? That is a question many guys, both
young and middle-aged, ask themselves after a time. Cialis has a long
half-life, lasting most guys about 36 hours and so many men take it about three
times a week and thus are covered virtually every day of the year.
Then the unthinkable happens: they forget their prescription or maybe the
prescription ran out. This is when it gets terrifying for some men,
because they find themselves having great difficulty getting an erection without
their little yellow friend.
They then make the assumption: no Cialis, no erections.
Most docs are no help and imply or directly tell their male patients with
erectile dysfunction that losing one's erectile strength is just a normal part of aging. The
typical male walks out of the office thinking, "This pill is my only solution." Plus, let's face it: taking Cialis is SO easy. You just pop a pill a
few times of week and you're rockin' and rollin'
However, as time goes on, you may start to get headaches, or a little tinnitis or
some visual issues. The nagging thought as to what these drugs are doing to you
long term bothers you. You've read enough to know that no drug comes without
side effects and you are beginning to have doubts as to the wisdom of taking
these every day.
In addition, the research clearly shows that many men
develop Cialis and Viagra
Resistance. This means that dosage for this drugs must be increased over
time, because their effectiveness steadily decreases.
NOTE: You may want to read my pages on the Dangers of Cialis or
The Many Side Effects of PDE5
Inhibitors for additional information as well.
Regardless, there is a much more subtle reason to get off of Cialis (or Viagra): it can hide
major underlying health
issues. If you can't get an erection, there is almost always a reason and it
is usually cardiovascular or low testosterone or both. These are not things that
you want to sweep under the rug with a little pill that suddenly makes
everything seem better.
Does taking that little pill magically clear the plaque out of your arteries?
Or does it miraculously get rid of the excessive inflammation that is damaging
your endothelium hour-by-hour and day-by-day? Of course, the answer is
'no' and so that is why I outline a program below for those of you who want to
try to get off the juice.
CAUTION: Please clear everything with your doctor first.
Get ready for a battle! This is going to be one of the toughest things
you've ever done. Anything that risks your bedroom performance can be
terrifying. But remember that this is fight
1. Gradual Dose Reduction. Cut back on your Cialis dosage gradually.
If you are currently taking 20 mg every other day, then start by backing off to
15 mg, then 10 mg, then 5, etc.
2. Exercise. Exercise is a huge nitric oxide booster and blood
pressure lowerer. Exercise throughout the day. Exercise several times per day.
Don't kid yourself: 20 minutes per day isn't going to cut it unless your
job is very physically active. You will be shocked at how much of a
difference this makes.
3. Saturated Fat. Unless you're exercising like an Olympic athlete,
you've got to reduce saturated fat to almost nothing. For the great
majority of middle-aged men, saturated fat will slow down blood flow and damage
their endothelium even further. Read my link on Saturated Fat for more
4. Plant-Based Diet. You need to go on a
Mediterranean Diet, Low Fat (Ornish) Diet,
DASH Diet or some other plant-based
diet. Plant-based foods are what heal and stimulate your endothelium. You
can, of course, also read my eBook called the Peak Erectile Strength Diet
for foods that specifically stimulate blood flow and I also explain the latest
research showing how and why plant foods are so powerful for erections. (I am
not a "tree hugger." I'm just pointing out what the research shows.)
4. OPTIONAL: Short Term Supplementation. If necessary, consider short term
supplementation. I do not recommend most supplements long term, but they may be
necessary to get you over the hump - no pun intended of course. I have a
link covering Erectile Dysfunction Supplements with
some research behind them.
In addition, I have an eBook that covers some of the new research covering
Multisupplement Treatment Strategies, i.e. taking more than one erectile
supplement to get additive boosts in nitric oxide and erectile strength.
5. Daily Erections. If you're not getting morning erectionss, you
must force yourself to get erections.
Somehow, someway this has got to happen for your penile tissue to stay healthy
and not harden or atrophy. You need to essentially do what morning
erections do: build an erection that lasts for 10-20 minutes 2-3 times per
6. Testosterone. Get your testosterone checked if you have not already. Anyone
with erectile difficulties should double check their testosterone, especially if
they are having any of the classic Low Testosterone Symptoms.
Finally, build your confidence by checking for erectile strength. You've got
to be confident that you can "pull the trigger" in the bedroom. Avoid sex late at
night when your are fatigued and testosterone is lower, i.e. be careful not to
set yourself for failure.