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Generic Name: Vardenafil (varden-a-fil)
Drug class: impotence agents

What is Levitra?

Levitra (vardenafil), also known as phosphodiesterase inhibitors, is a medication that belongs to this class. Vardenafil relaxes the muscles in blood vessel walls and increases blood flow.Levitra increases blood flow in the penis when sexual stimulation is occurring. An increase in blood flow may cause an erection.Levitra is prescribed to men with erectile dysfunction.Levitra is not a cure for erectile dysfunction or a way to increase sexual desire. This medication does not stop pregnancy or prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV.


Certain medicines may cause undesirable or dangerous side effects when taken with Levitra. Inform your doctor of all other medications, including Adempas (Ricoguat).Levitra should not be taken if you also use nitrate drugs for heart or chest problems. These include nitroglycerin isosorbide, dinitrate mononitrate isosorbide, and recreational drugs like "poppers". Vardenafi can cause a serious drop in blood pressure when taken with a nitrate medication.If your erection lasts more than four hours or is painful, call your doctor. Over-exertion of the penis may damage it.If you experience a sudden loss of vision, stop using the medicine and seek emergency medical attention.If you feel dizzy, nauseated, or have pain or tingling in your chest, neck, arms, or jaw during sexual activity, call your doctor immediately. It could be a serious side effect.

Similar/related drugs

Sildenafil, tadalafil, Cialis, Viagra, alprostadil, and vardenafil

Before you take this drug

If you have an allergy to vardenafil or are taking other medications to treat pulmonary arterial high blood pressure, such as Adepas (riociguat), you should not take Levitra.Levitra should not be taken if you also use a nitrate medication for chest pain, heart problems, or nitroglycerin. This includes isosorbide dinitrate and isosorbide mononitrate. Some recreational drugs, such as amyl or nitrite (poppers), also contain nitrates. Vardenafi, taken with a nitrate medication, can cause a rapid and severe drop in blood pressure.

Tell your doctor about any of the following to ensure that Levitra will be safe for you:

  • Heart rhythm disorders;
  • A stroke or congestive cardiac failure.
  • Long-QT syndrome
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Seizure (convulsions);
  • A blood cell disorder, such as sickle cell, myeloma, or leukaemia
  • A bleeding disorder, such as haemophilia.
  • A stomach ulcer
  • Hearing or vision problems; vision loss;
  • A condition affecting the eyes, such as Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • A physical deformity (such as Peyronie’s disease);
  • If you've been told that you shouldn't have sexual relations for health reasons,
  • Liver disease, kidney disease (or dialysis)

Vardenafil may cause sudden loss of vision by decreasing blood flow to the retina. It has happened to a few people. Most of them had pre-existing conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. The cause of the vision loss is unknown.Levitra has not been approved for women, and its effects during pregnancy or breastfeeding are unknown.

How to take Levitra?

Follow your doctor's instructions and take Levitra only as directed. Read all the instructions on the prescription label.Levitra is taken with or without a meal.Staxyn, which is a vardenafil tablet that disintegrates into powder, should not be substituted for Levitra. Use only the strength and form prescribed by your doctor to avoid medication mistakes.Levitra should only be taken when necessary, approximately 60 minutes prior to sexual activity. The medication can be used to help get an erection during sexual stimulation. A pill will not produce an erection.If your erection lasts more than four hours or is painful, call your doctor. The penis can be damaged by a prolonged erection.Tell your doctors when you took Levitra last if you are receiving medical treatment for heart problems.This medicine is not effective in preventing the spread of sexually transmissible diseases, such as HIV (human immunodeficiency).Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

Details on dosage

Adult dosage for Erectile Dysfunction -

Initial dose: 10mg orally, once daily, as required, about 60 minutes prior to sexual activity. Increase the dose to 20 mg or reduce it to 5 mg, depending on effectiveness and tolerance.
Maximum dose: 20 mg once a day.
Patients receiving stable alpha-blocker therapy
Initial dosage: 5 mg once daily orally
Sexual stimulation is necessary for the treatment to work.
When administering alpha-blockers and this drug simultaneously, a time interval should be taken into consideration.
Use: Erectile dysfunction

Usual geriatric dose for erectile dysfunction:

Age 65 and older
Initial dose: 5mg orally, once daily, as required, about 60 minutes prior to sexual activity.
Comment: A response to treatment requires sexual stimulation.
Use: Erectile dysfunction

What happens if I miss the dose?

Levitra can be taken as required, so you won't have a set schedule.Levitra should not be taken more than twice a day. Do not take Levitra more than once a day.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

What should be avoided?

Grapefruit and Seville oranges can interact with vardenafil, causing side effects. Avoid grapefruit marmalades and orange products.Levitra side effects can be exacerbated by alcohol consumption.You should not take any other medication to treat impotence unless you have been prescribed it by your doctor.

Side effects of Levitra

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your lips, face, tongue, or throat, call 911 immediately.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop using Levitra immediately and seek emergency medical attention.

  • Heart attack symptoms: chest pain, pressure or pain that spreads to your shoulder or jaw, nausea, and sweating.
  • Vision changes or sudden vision loss;
  • If the erection lasts more than four hours or is painful, it can cause damage to the penis.

Levitra may cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Ringing in the ears or sudden hearing loss are serious medical concerns that should not be neglected.
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • You may experience swelling of your ankles, feet, or hands.
  • Shortness of breath
  • A feeling of lightheadedness, as if you could pass out.
  • Seizure (convulsions).

Some common side effects of levitra include:

  • Flushing (sudden heat, redness, or tingly sensation);
  • Stuffy nose, sinus pain;
  • Headache, dizziness;
  • Upset stomach;
  • Backache.

There may be other side effects. Call your physician immediately if experiencing side effects; otherwise contact the fda at 1-800-fda-1088 to report it.

Interaction with other drug

Levitra should not be taken with other similar medications, such as sildenafil or viagra. Inform your doctor of all medications you are taking for erectile problems.

Are you taking additional medication? - tell your doctor immediately if any additional medications, such as:

  • An antibacterial: clarithromycin and erythromycin.
  • Antifungal medicine: itraconazole, ketoconazole;
  • Drugs to treat high blood pressure or a prostate disorder: alfuzosin, doxazosin, prazosin, silodosin, terazosin, and tamsulosin;
  • Heart rhythm medicine: amiodarone, dronedarone, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol,
  • Hiv/aids medicines: atazanavir (indinavir), saquinavir (saquinavir), cobicistat, and others.

The list of drugs that interact with vardenafil is not exhaustive. These include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. This list does not cover every possible drug interaction.




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