Levitra is an erectile dysfunction tablet, preferred by some men more susceptible to side effects. It’s also available as an orodispersible tablet.
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Levitra is an erectile dysfunction treatment made by Bayer and is available as both a standard or orodispersible tablet. The active ingredient in Levitra tablets is vardenafil which is a PDE5 inhibitor, and works in a similar way to sildenafil (better known as Viagra) and tadalafil (Cialis).
Who should take Levitra?
Treatments like this one tend to be recommended for men who get persistent erectile dysfunction, who haven’t been able to rectify symptoms through lifestyle changes alone. There are several different types of ED medication, and Levitra is seen more as a suitable option for older men or men with underlying conditions (like diabetes).
Erectile dysfunction is a condition which is thought to affect around 50 per cent of men between the ages of 40 and 70 in the UK alone. It can be a consequence of a number of conditions more commonly associated with being over 40, such as type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
However, many men aged between 20 and 40 may develop symptoms too. Often these may be due to non-physical issues. Stress and performance anxiety are often causes among younger men, and these can sometimes be brought about by a keenness to satisfy their partner, particularly in a new relationship.
In the body, it’s caused by circulation problems that restrict blood flow to the penis. There are no specific parameters for what constitutes ED (so for example how often you need to get it or how long you need to have it for it to be determined as ED). It’s defined as experiencing problems achieving and maintaining an erection on a persistent basis.
How do Levitra tablets work?
Vardenafil has a much similar mechanism to other PDE5 inhibitors in that it encourages the dilation of blood vessels around the penis. When these vessels widen, it is easier for blood to flow into the penis during moments of sexual excitement, enabling stronger erections. Once taken it remains active for around 5 hours.
What is Vardenafil?
Vardenafil is the working ingredient in Levitra. It functions by blocking an enzyme which can sometimes cause muscle walls to tighten and contract in blood vessels at the entrance to the penis. By relaxing these muscle walls and allowing vessels to dilate, the medication allows more blood to travel into the penis during periods of sexual arousal, enabling firmer and longer-lasting erections.
What dosage should I use?
Which strength you choose is largely determined by which (if any) treatment for ED you’ve tried before, and whether or not it has been successful. Your prescriber will help you when selecting a dose, and can adjust this once you’ve started treatment where necessary. It’s important not to adjust your dose yourself, and ask your prescriber for advice if you feel like the dose you’re using is too strong, or not working well enough.
Levitra 5mg and Levitra 10mg
Most men taking the drug for the first time will start on either the 5mg or 10mg dose. If you have an underlying condition or your prescriber thinks for some other reason that you might have a slightly higher sensitivity to side effects, they may prescribe the 5mg dose as a precaution, and increase this if the drug is well tolerated.
If you take the 10mg and find it works well, but get mild side effects like a headache or a stuffy nose, your prescriber might suggest using 5mg instead.
Men who haven’t had the desired response to the 10mg dose may be recommended the 20mg dose instead. It’s very unlikely that a prescriber will advise starting on the 20mg dose if you’ve not taken Levitra before.
What is Levitra Orodispersible?
Levitra ODT is a different type of tablet that dissolves on the tongue. It doesn’t need to be taken with water and swallowed whole like regular tablets do, so Levitra ODT may be preferred by those men who want a more discreet way of taking their ED medicine.
Is there a generic version of Levitra?
Yes. Vardenafil, the generic version of Levitra, became available in October 2018.
When you seek ED treatment online it’s important to ensure you’re getting a genuine product which is safe to use. Always make sure the site where you are buying from is a GPhC registered UK pharmacy.
Getting your Levitra prescription online
To buy Levitra from our UK pharmacy, take our remote consultation. You’ll be asked to complete a questionnaire form, and one of our prescribers will review your answers. Once approved, you’ll be issued a prescription and your treatment will be shipped from our pharmacy by next-day courier.
This treatment needs to be taken correctly to ensure that it is effective. Incorrect use may result in the drug either not working properly or causing side effects.
When taking Levitra, please refer to the instructions provided in the patient information leaflet as well as those issued by your prescriber.
You must not take recreational drugs if you are taking Levitra.
How long before sex should you take Levitra?
Vardenafil takes around 25-60 minutes to work, so to ensure it is fully effective at the right time, it should be taken around an hour prior to sex. It typically remains functional in the body for around 4-5 hours following this.
Taking oral medications after eating a large meal can sometimes slow down the rate at which they’re taken up into the bloodstream.
- Swallow the tablet whole with water.
- Never take Levitra more than once daily.
- You will need to be sexually aroused in order for Levitra to work.
- Never exceed the dose prescribed by your doctor.
- Place your Levitra Orodispersible tablet onto your tongue.
- Swallow once the tablet has completely dissolved. This should only take a few seconds.
- Never take more than one Levitra Orodispersible tablet in any 24 hour window.
- Remember that some ED treatments, including this one, may not work as quickly if consumed immediately after food.
- Vardenafil requires the user to experience sexual stimulation before it can be fully effective.
- Never under any circumstances take more than your doctor tells you to.
- Do not take the orodispersible version with water. It does not require it.
How often can you take Levitra?
Not more than once in any 24 hour period. If you’re taking it more than three times per week, it may be better to switch to a different treatment you can take daily.
For more information, consult the leaflet which is supplied with the medicine, or ask your doctor.
Like all other prescription medicines, Levitra may cause side effects in some users. It’s essential to be aware of what these side effects may include, so that you can seek medical advice immediately if they occur. Always check the product information for ED treatment before you use it. You can find this in the leaflet that comes with the medicine.
Common (1 in 10 people)
Uncommon (1 in 100 people):
Dizziness, facial flushing, blocked or runny nose, indigestion.
Rare (1 in 1000 people):
Back pain, swelling of skin, diarrhoea, difficulty sleeping, numbness, effects on vision, ringing in the ears, breathlessness, increased heart rate, muscular cramps, nausea, vomiting, palpitations, increased sensitivity to light, and acid reflux.
Levitra (vardenafil) ODT
Common (1 in 10 people)
Uncommon (1 in 100 people):
Facial flushing; feelings of dizziness; nasal congestion; indigestion; prolonged erection.
Rare (1 in 1000 people):
Swollen face, lips or throat; reduced sensitivity or sense of touch; increased heartbeat; difficulty breathing; diarrhea; acid reflux; nausea and vomiting; feelings of vertigo; visual problems, including glaucoma, red-eye and over-sensitivity to light.
Go to your nearest hospital right away if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, or swelling of the face, lips or throat.
This is not a definitive list of side effects. For a more detailed list, please read the safety information leaflet supplied or ask your doctor.
Taking it with other medicines
During consultation, tell your prescribing doctor about your medical history and any other medicines you are currently taking. Never begin or cease taking any remedies, prescription or nonprescription medicines without checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.
Make certain that you tell your doctor if you take: nitrates, arrhythmia treatments, HIV/AIDs medicines, antifungals, antibiotics, or high blood pressure medicines. Never take Levitra with any other medications for impotence unless explicitly told to do so by a doctor.
Levitra should never be taken at the same time as other ED treatments.
Conditions to look out for
During consultation for Levitra, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any containing ingredients, or if you have, or have had, any of the following conditions: heart, liver or kidney problems; stroke; angina; low blood pressure; degenerative eye disease; loss of sight; nonarteritic ischemic optic neuropathy; penile problems or a deformed penis; stomach ulcers; any condition which puts you at increased risk of priapism, such leukemia; or bleeding disorders.
There are other conditions not listed here which may affect your suitability for the treatment. In the interests of safety, always disclose your full medical history when requested to do so by your doctor.
Taking recreational drugs at the same time as impotence treatments can be extremely dangerous. You must not take any recreational drugs when taking Levitra, or if you are planning to take Levitra.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Women should not take Levitra.
Driving and using machinery
Refrain from driving or using tools or machines if you experience dizziness or any other side effects which may inhibit your capacity to do so safely.
Food, drink and alcohol
Taking Levitra with a large meal may delay the effect of it. Grapefruit juice may interact with Levitra, so should be avoided when using this medicine.
Alcohol can make erectile problems worse, so it is better to avoid drinking large amounts when taking Levitra.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Although medicines treating erectile dysfunction may still work when consumed with alcohol, it is recommended to refrain from drinking excessive amounts of alcohol as doing so can exacerbate ED symptoms.
Will I still be able to drive?
In most cases, using this medicine should not affect your ability to drive, or operate machinery. However, in a small number of cases, the treatment may cause side effects which impair your judgement, and in turn your ability to drive. If you think you may be experiencing side effects, it is advisable to avoid driving and seek medical advice right away.
How should I store it?
You should store Levitra at room temperature. Always keep the tablets in their original packaging as this will help to stop them being affected by light and moisture.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Levitra tablets contain the active ingredient Vardenafil Hydrochloride. Refrain from using this medicine if you are allergic to this, or any of the following ingredients used in this medicine: Crospovidone, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, colloidal anhydrous silica.
Levitra Orodispersible tablets contain: vardenafil, magnesium stearate, peppermint flavour, mannitol (E421) sorbitol (E420), aspartame (E951), crospovidone and hydrated silica colloidal. Again, do not take them if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.
Is it available over-the-counter?
You can only get Levitra legally with a prescription. Our GPs and pharmacy prescribers can write you a prescription online for Levitra, but only after you have filled out our questionnaire. If our clinician is satisfied the medicine is safe for you, our pharmacy will dispatch your order within one working day of approval using our 24 hour courier service.
There are certain doses of ED treatment that can be issued as a pharmacy medicine, without a prescription. And some men may be entitled to medication on an NHS prescription. You can find out more on our page detailing the different ways to get ED treatment.
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