Levitra belongs to the same class of erectile dysfunction medicines as Viagra and Cialis, known as PDE5 inhibitors. This type of ED treatment works by improving blood flow to the penis.

Levitra is available to purchase in three different doses (5mg, 10mg and 20mg) as well as a 10mg orodispersible tablet.

The 5mg pill is the lowest dose and can be prescribed to ED patients in certain circumstances.

In most cases of erectile dysfunction requiring treatment, a doctor will look to prescribe the lowest possible dose of medication. This practice is employed in order to reduce the likelihood of adverse side effects developing.

Is a 5mg dose enough to help me?

The answer to this question will vary for each individual. The best dose for you will depend on a number of factors including your general health, your tolerance of the drug and how well it works in your body.

The 5mg Levitra dose contains half the amount of active ingredient, vardenafil, found in the recommended starting dose.

If you initially commence Levitra treatment at 10mg but detect some side effects, such as headaches or blocked nasal passages, your doctor may advise a change to the lower 5mg dose.

In clinical trials the 5mg Levitra dose has been found to provide a weighted mean increase of 5.06 points on the IIEF scale.

Patients with liver and kidney conditions may start their Levitra treatment with a 5mg dose instead of 10mg. This is so that the prescribing doctor can assess the patient’s tolerance of the drug before increasing the dosage. 

Will a higher dose give me a better result?

Not necessarily.

The typical starting dose is 10mg. This dose allows your doctor to assess the efficacy of the drug and how well your body tolerates it. The dosage strength may be adjusted by your doctor dependent on these factors.

If your Levitra dose does not provide successful results, you should consult your doctor. They may want to make adjustments to the dose that you take or perhaps change your ED medication altogether.

It is important that you do not alter your dose without your doctor’s prior approval.

Which dose should I choose?

The criteria for deciding which dose to opt for will depend on your personal circumstances.

If you have a known allergy to any of the ingredients in Levitra or a health condition which makes the use of the drug hazardous you should not take it. Instead we suggest that you speak to your doctor about other erectile dysfunction treatments.

Those who are in good health, with no medical conditions and wish to commence Levitra treatment for the first time usually start with the 10mg dose.

If a 10mg dose proves successful but causes mild side effects, then a 5mg dose may be more suitable.

You can read more about Levitra and the different dosages on our product page.