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What is Levitra?
Levitra helps treat male sexual function problems such as erectile dysfunction or impotence. It relaxes muscles found in the walls of blood vessels.
Levitra works by increasing blood flow to particular areas of the body. However, it does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and hepatitis B.
Levitra is also available as a generic drug which is known as vardenafil. You can easily buy Levitra online.
What are the uses of Levitra?
Levitra or vardenafil is an effective medicine for erectile dysfunction. It helps treat impotence in adult men. Erectile dysfunction is a condition that implies problems in getting or keeping an erection.
How to take Levitra?
Take Levitra as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all the directions provided on your prescription label carefully and read all the medication guides or instruction sheets.
Do not use Staxyn in place of Levitra because it is a disintegrating tablet. Only use the form and strength your doctor prescribes.
Place the tablet in your mouth and let it dissolve without chewing. You must swallow the tablets several times as the tablet dissolves. Do not take this drug with liquid.
Take these tablets with or without food about 1 hour before sexual activity. This drug helps in achieving an erection only when sexual stimulation occurs. You will not achieve an erection just by taking a pill.
Do not take this medicine more than once daily. Take each dose at least 24 hours apart.
Call your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if your erection is painful or lasts longer than 4 hours.
Store Levitra at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
The dosage of this medicine depends on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use.
Do not consume grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor or pharmacist says to do so. Grapefruit juice can increase the chance of side effects with this medication.
Levitra and vardenafil are available in the following doses:
- 5 milligrams
- 5 milligrams
- 10 milligrams
- 20 milligrams
The same dose of a medicine can work differently for each person based on their genetics, age, certain health conditions like liver disease, and certain medications that can interact with Levitra.
Usual Adult Dose for Erectile Dysfunction:
The initial dose of this drug is 10 mg orally once a day, as needed. Take this medicine approximately 60 minutes before sexual activity. You can increase the dose to 20 mg or decrease it to 5 mg based on efficacy and tolerability.
The maximum dose of this medicine is 20 mg once a day.
This drug starts to work soon after taking a dose. For most people, this medicine works within 30 minutes to 1 hour after taking it. However, for some people, it can start working even faster.
The effects of the medicine can last 4 to 5 hours.
Dosage forms and strengths
Levitra is orange, round, film-coated tablets with “BAYER” cross imprinted on one side while 2.5, 5, 10, and 20 imprinted on the other side, similar to 2.5, 5, 10, and 20 mg of vardenafil, respectively.
What to know before taking Levitra?
Do not use Levitra if you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies.
This drug is not for men younger than 18 years old. Do not order Levitra online for anyone younger than 18 years of age.
Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have ever had:
- heart disease or heart rhythm problems
- stroke, heart attack, congestive heart failure
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- high or low blood pressure
- long QT syndrome
- bleeding disorders such as hemophilia
- a stomach ulcer
- hearing or vision problems
- penis conditions such as angulation
- history of a painful or prolonged erection
This drug can decrease blood flow to the optic nerve of the eye, which may cause sudden vision loss. This condition has occurred in a small number of people, mostly in people who also had heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, or certain pre-existing eye problems. This medical condition has also occurred in people who have smoked in the past or were over 50 years old. However, it is not clear whether this medicine is the actual cause of vision loss.
Do not take vardenafil if you have certain heart problems such as heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation, or a family history of certain heart problems.
Levitra may cause QT prolongation, a condition that affects the heart rhythm. The risk of QT prolongation is higher if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation.
Levitra may make you dizzy or cause changes in your vision. Do not consume alcohol or marijuana while taking this drug because it can make you more dizzy. Do not drive an automobile, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness or clear vision until you can do it safely. Also, limit the use of alcoholic beverages.
Old age people may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medicine, especially QT prolongation.
This drug is not for use in women, and the effects of this drug during pregnancy or in breastfeeding women are still not known.
What are the side effects of Levitra?
The common side effects of Levitra are as follows:
- upset stomach
- back pain
- flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling)
- stuffy or runny nose, sinus pain
Serious side effects
- changes in vision or sudden vision loss
- heart attack symptoms such as pressure or pain in the chest
- painful or prolonged erection
- sudden hearing loss or ringing in your ears
- irregular heartbeat
- swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
- shortness of breath
- a light-headed feeling
- painful penis erection that lasts for 4 hours or longer
- seizure or convulsions
What to avoid while using Levitra?
Do not take Levitra if you are also using a nitrate drug for chest pain or heart problems. Taking this drug with certain other medicines can cause a sudden and severe decrease in blood pressure.
Do not take this drug with similar medications such as avanafil (Stendra), sildenafil (Viagra), or tadalafil (Cialis). Tell your doctor about all other drugs you use for erectile dysfunction.
Avoid using Levitra if your doctor has told you to avoid sexual activity. Sexual activity can put extra pressure on the heart, especially if you have heart disease.
Before taking Levitra, tell your doctor if you also use other medicines such as:
- antifungal medicine such as itraconazole, ketoconazole
- antibiotics like clarithromycin or erythromycin
- medicines that help treat high blood pressure or a prostate disorder such as alfuzosin, doxazosin, prazosin, silodosin, terazosin, and tamsulosin
- heart rhythm medicine such as amiodarone, dronedarone, procainamide, quinidine, and sotalol
- HIV/AIDS medicine such as atazanavir, indinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir, and others