What is Levitra?
Levitra (Vardenafil) is used for the treatment of male impotence or erectile dysfunction. In combination with sexual stimulation, Levitra increases the blood flow to the penis to help a man get and sustain an erection.
This medicine does protect against sexually transmitted infections. Practice safe sex such as using latex condoms.
How does Levitra work?
Levitra relaxes the muscles on the walls of blood vessels and increases blood flow to the penis. This will help a man get and keep an erection.
What are the benefits of taking Levitra?
The benefit of using Levitra is the help it provides in getting and sustaining an erection. Levitra effectively relaxes the muscles on the wall of the blood vessels to increase blood flow to the penis, resulting in an erection.
How do I use Levitra?
Levitra is a prescription-only medication. Follow the instructions of your doctor and read the patient information provided with the medication package before you start using the medication.
Take Levitra by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually as needed. You can take Levitra with or without food, usually about 1 hour before sexual activity. Do not take more than one tablet a day. Doses of Levitra should be taken at least 24 hours apart.
The dosage of your medicine is based on your medical condition, response treatment, and other medications you may be taking.
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using Levitra unless your doctor says you may do so safely. Grapefruits can increase your risks of side effects with Levitra.
Inform your doctor if your condition will not improve after taking Levitra for a while.
Take one Levitra tablet about 1 hour before sexual activity. Do not take more than one tablet in any 24-hour period.
Side effects & precautions
Medicines and their possible side effects affect individual users differently. Not everyone who uses Levitra will experience the possible side effects.
The following are the common side effects of Levitra:
- A headache
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Vision changes such as increased sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision
- Trouble telling blue and green colors apart
If these side effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor right away.
To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
Sexual activity may put extra strain on your heart, especially if you have heart problems. If you have heart problems and you experience any of the following serious side effects while performing the sex act, stop and get medical help right immediately:
- Severe dizziness
- Chest/jaw/left arm pain
In very rare cases, sudden decreased vision, including permanent blindness in one or both eyes may occur. If this serious problem occurs, stop taking Levitra and get medical help right away.
Rarely, a sudden decrease or loss of hearing, sometimes with ringing in the ears and dizziness, may occur. Stop taking Levitra and get medical help immediately if these effects occur.
In some rare instances, you might have a painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 hours or more, stop using Levitra and get medical help right away, or permanent problems could occur.
Seek medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, such as fast or irregular heartbeat, temporary memory loss, or seizures.
A very serious allergic reaction to Levitra is rare. Get medical help immediately if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction:
- Itching or swelling of the face, tongue, or throat
- Severe dizziness
- Trouble breathing
If you experience any other side effects which you believe are associated with your use of Levitra, inform your doctor immediately.
Before taking Levitra, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it, or if you have any other allergies. The active ingredients of Levitra may cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Before using Levitra, tell your doctor your medical history, especially of heart problems, stroke, kidney disease, liver disease, high or low blood pressure, dehydration, penis conditions, history of painful or prolonged erection, and active stomach ulcers.
There are other medical conditions that may make taking Levitra suitable for you. Talk to your doctor about how your other medical conditions may affect your use of Levitra.
Levitra may make you dizzy or cause vision changes. The consumption of alcohol or marijuana may make these problems worse. Do not drive a vehicle, operate machinery, or do anything that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform the task safely. Limit your intake of alcoholic beverages.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk of serious side effects. Share with your doctor a list of all the medications you are currently using or have recently used. Similarly, do not start taking a new medication without discussing with your doctor the possible interaction with your other medications.
Your doctor will discuss with you the risks of interactions of Levitra with the other medications you are currently taking.