Adcirca is the brand formulation of Tadalafil. It is a PHOSPHODIESTERASE (PDE5) inhibitor. The medication is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It has a biological half-life of 17.5 hours. This medication is marketed worldwide by Lilly ICOS Corporation as well as Eli Lilly and company.

Medical uses of Adcirca

Adcirca is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension. It is a lung disorder that causes high blood pressure in the arteries present in the lungs. This muscle relaxant helps the patients by relaxing and widening the blood vessels in the lungs. This enables the blood to flow easily. Hypertension in the lungs can be controlled with this medication. This indeed allows the lungs and heart to work effectively. The excretion of the effect of pills wears off through feces and urine. The exercise capacity in men as well as in woman is increased.


Adcirca is available for use only in the dosage strength of 20 mg. If the PAH patient requires taking a higher dose, then this 20 mg dose is doubled and taken as 40 mg.  Since the dosage of Adcirca is specific to the patient being treated and the response to the medication, it is advised to explicitly follow the dosage instructions provided by the doctor.

Guidelines on how to take the medication

Adcirca can be taken as prescribed by the healthcare provider. It should be taken by mouth with or without food. The drug is usually taken once per day. It should not be chewed or crushed and should be taken as a whole. This pill should not be taken along with Cialis. Do not take Adcirca tablets beyond the prescribed period of time. It is very important to follow the instructions provided by the doctor regarding the dosage and on how to take the medication.

Side effects

Side effects that occur in the body upon using Adcirca tablets are:

  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Vision loss
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Swelling on hands legs or ankles,
  • Breathing troubles
  • Ringing in ears
  • Seizures
  • Light headedness
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain or sinus pain.

Patients can seek medical help upon experiencing side effects. Most of the times, taking extra doses of Adcirca without seeking help from your doctor will make you prone to its side effects. It is vital to seek advice from the doctor if the patient experiences health problems like heart disease, high or low blood pressure, angina, kidney or liver disease, blood cell disorder and diabetes.

Things you should be aware of before taking Adcirca

Adcirca should be taken carefully especially by patients with severe medical complications. The active ingredient Tadalafil could interact with certain medications and cause harmful effects to a person. Erectile dysfunction drugs like Levitra, Cialis and Viagra, nitrate drugs, other pulmonary arterial hypertension medications are some among them. It is very essential to act responsibly by not sharing this pill with any one. This is because the dosage strength would vary from person to person. Never take Adcirca with other pulmonary arterial hypertension medications. Get in contact with the physician regarding any change in symptoms as well as improvement in the condition.


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