Tadalafil is a drug that’s used to treat erectile dysfunction in men. It’s also used for several other issues, but the most common one is, obviously, ED. It has earned a neat little moniker – people call it “the weekend pill”, all thanks to its prolonged effectiveness, unlike its main competitors. You can buy generic drugs, but there’s a prescription version of it, called Cialis. It’s marketed by Lilly ICOS, LLC. It was approved by the FDA back on November 21, 2003, but it’s history goes way back.
In 1994, Pfizer (one of the biggest pharmaceutical corporations in the world) was conducting a trial for heart medication. They hoped that it’s going to be a breakthrough when it comes to treatment of several heart conditions. Surprisingly enough, male test subjects weren’t too shy to report this peculiar side-effect: they experienced unexplained, unprovoked and immensely powerful erections while on the drug.
Pfizer reported this to ICOS Corporation. ICOS was an American biotechnology company and the largest biotechnology company in the U.S, as Wikipedia helpfully points out. ICOS scientists were working on a PDE5 drug of their own, for over three years. With Pfizer’s info, they knew they could have something very special with this. In 1998, ICOS teamed up with Lilly ICOS, LLC to further develop Tadalafil.
Accidental Industry Game-Changer
Four years later, in May of 2002, they disclosed that Tadalafil had a half-life of almost eighteen hours. A year after this industry-changing announcement, Tadalafil got the FDA’s approval. The rest is for the history books: Cialis and namely generic tadalafil online options were able to crush Viagra. In fact, the recent numbers show that this ability to buy generic versions of drugs has changed the ED medicine market forever. People seemingly love saving money while also saving their marriages/relationships. Wonder why!
With an incredible backstory like, it’s only fitting that an accidental invention like Tadalafil would have many surprising uses. It’s used to treat chronic prostatitis, fear of heights, heart issues (its original purpose), pulmonary arterial hypertension, premature ejaculation, and even female sexual dysfunction (FSD), among many other.