Levitra tablets are a treatment for erectile dysfunction.
The 10mg dose is the middle strength and the most commonly prescribed Levitra pill.
Why should I start with a 10mg dose?
Levitra 10mg is the recommended starting dose for patients trying the medication for the first time.
If you do not have any medical conditions and your general health is good then the 10mg dose is the optimum starting point. As the middle dose, it provides the prescriber with weaker or stronger alternatives should side effects or an insufficient level of efficacy be reported.
Patients may think that a larger dose of the drug will give them better results but this is not always the case. A stronger dose can sometimes be no more effective and could increase the chances of side effects developing. Some clinical trials have found that the difference in results for patients taking the 10mg and the 20mg dosages were not vastly different.
When treating impotence the lowest effective dose of medication will usually be prescribed by a doctor to minimise the risk of side effects developing.
When are higher doses recommended?
On the other hand, if you commence Levitra treatment on a 10mg dose and you find that it does not provide you with sufficient results then you should speak to your GP. Your doctor may decide to increase your dose to 20mg.
The 20mg dose is the maximum and contains double the amount of the active ingredient, vardenafil.
When are lower doses recommended?
The 10mg dose may help you to achieve an erection good enough for sexual activity. However, it may also cause you to experience unwanted side effects.
In cases where mild side effects occur, your doctor may recommend changing your dose to the lower dose pill.
With half the amount of the active ingredient vardenafil, this lower dose could be less likely to cause unwanted reactions.
How do doctors decide on a Levitra dose?
Your lifestyle, overall state of health and medication use should all be taken into account before making a decision about ED treatment.
Levitra is available in three different dosages thus allowing for alterations to be made should they be required.
In any case, if you notice that your ED medication is not working as well as you expected you should contact your doctor.