Adcirca

(tadalafil)

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Improves breathing in pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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Adcirca (tadalafil) is very effective at treating increased pressure in the lungs. however, it commonly causes low blood pressure and headache.

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Quick facts about Adcirca
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Adcirca (tadalafil) is an effective medication for treating increased pressure in the lungs.
  • It is usually taken once daily as an oral pill, compared to alternatives which are taken more frequently.
  • Is approved for all severities of pulmonary arterial hypertension.
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Downsides

  • Adcirca (tadalafil) is only available as brand name, so it can be expensive.
  • If you're older than age 65, you might have more side effects.
  • Can't use Adcirca (tadalafil) if you've recently taken nitrates like Isordil, Imdur, or nitroglycerin (Nitro-BID, Nitro-Dur, Nitrostat).
  • People with liver and kidney disease may be at higher risk for side effects.
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How it works

Adcirca (tadalafil) is a phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE-5) blocker, which relaxes blood vessels in the lungs to help you breathe easier.

Quick facts about Adcirca
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension

Dosage forms

  • Pill
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What to expect when you take Adcirca (tadalafil) for Pulmonary arterial hypertension

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  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Back pain
  • Indigestion
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Side effect rates for Adcirca (tadalafil)

From 164 clinical trials of Adcirca when taken for pulmonary arterial hypertension (adcirca 20mg)
  • Headache
    32%32%
    15%15%
  • Back pain
    12%12%
    6%6%
  • Indigestion
    12%12%
    2%2%
  • Nausea
    10%10%
    6%6%
  • Muscle pain
    9%9%
    4%4%
  • Respiratory tract infection
    7%7%
    6%6%
  • Flushing
    6%6%
    2%2%
  • Pain in arms and legs
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Common cold
    2%2%
    7%7%
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Risks and Warnings for Adcirca (tadalafil)

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  • It's not recommended to take Adcirca (tadalafil) if you have uncontrolled blood pressure or a history of heart problems. Adcirca (tadalafil)'s safety and efficacy has not been studied in these type of patients. Talk to your doctor about your risks and benefits if you are interested in taking this medication.

Common concerns from people taking Adcirca (tadalafil)

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Alcohol
  • Avoid drinking alcohol when you're taking this medication since it can make dizziness worse.
Kidneys and liver
  • People with liver and kidney disease may be at higher risk for side effects.