At present, the only medication for erectile dysfunction containing vardenafil which is available to buy legally in the UK is Levitra.
No generic version of Levitra currently exists. If a website offers to sell you 'generic' Levitra it is likely selling fake counterfeit or unlicensed drugs, and should be avoided.
What is so bad about fake Levitra?
- Firstly, you can't be sure of what's in it.
- Secondly, whatever is in counterfeit Levitra may cause you serious harm if you take it.
- Thirdly, the ingredients in the medicine might not even work.
It isn't just counterfeit Levitra which you should avoid. You should steer clear of all fake medications.
Fake or so-called generic Levitra is not subject to the same strict safety regulations that MHRA approved medications are.
If you choose to buy a fake or unlicensed product then you could potentially be putting yourself in danger.
Counterfeit drugs may be made with unknown ingredients that have not undergone rigorous safety testing. Furthermore, the ingredients listed in their contents could be false. This makes taking them an extremely unsafe practice, as doing so could lead to a dangerous adverse reaction.
When you purchase branded Levitra, the details provided in the patient information leaflet will be correct, and the medicine itself will have undergone thorough checks.
Why do people risk buying fake drugs?
ED drugs are not a cheap medication. Therefore opting for a cut-price unlicensed alternative may seem attractive to those trying to save money.
However, your health and safety should always take priority when buying or using any medicine.
What's more, if the cheap counterfeit doesn't work (or worse, puts your life in danger) it isn't saving you any money at all.
In the UK you can only buy ED medicines when a qualified doctor has prescribed them for you. The doctor has to check for any potential contraindications in your medical history.
Levitra is part of a group of medications known as PDE5 inhibitors which improve erections through a process known as vasodilation. This refers to the widening of the vessels that transport blood to the penis.
The reaction that they cause in the body means they are not suitable for everyone, in particular those who have a history of heart problems. The ingredients used in Levitra can be potentially harmful or cause dangerous interactions when taken alongside nitrate medication.
There are other conditions which may make taking Levitra unsafe, which you can read about in more detail on our information pages.
Is it safe to buy Levitra online?
Yes, provided you do so from a registered pharmacy website, which undertakes all the necessary checks to protect patient safety.
In the UK online pharmacies are regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council and must use qualified medical doctors in order to sell prescription drugs.
Genuine pharmacy websites should provide you with details of their registration with the GPhC and will likely display a logo like this:
Clicking on the logo will take you to the pharmacy's entry in the GPhC register, as ours does above, and enable you to buy Levitra with confidence.
What should I look out for?
Here are some facts about how Levitra should look to help you be confident you're using a genuine item.
- Levitra pills should be supplied in a branded box, bearing the Bayer logo.
- They are supplied in three doses as a standard tablet: 5mg, 10mg, and 20mg.
- They are supplied in one dose as an orodispersible tablet: 10mg.
- Any website offering to sell you other dosage denominations should therefore be treated with suspicion.
- The box containing the medicine should be undamaged and show no signs of tampering.
- It should also contain a branded patient information leaflet.
- Levitra tablets are supplied in packs which contain multiples of four (4, 8, 12 and 16). Therefore any site offering to sell Levitra in packs containing odd numbers should be treated with suspicion as well.
- Picture of the box and tablet
- Pictures of the tablet (recto/verso)
- Pictures of the pill itself (recto/verso)
Will I need a prescription?
Yes. Always. It is not possible to legally buy ED treatments in the UK without a prescription being issued first.
If you use a website which offers to provide ED medication without a prescription then it is trading illegally and should be avoided.
Our online service enables you to undergo a secure consultation with a doctor who will only issue a prescription for Levitra if they deem it suitable for you.
Take a look at our pages on safe buying practices for more information on how to buy Levitra with confidence.
What is the generic name for Levitra?
The name of the active ingredient in Levitra is vardenafil.
However, the sole right to manufacture and sell this medicine for the treatment of erectile dysfunction is still owned by Bayer, who only do so under the brand name Levitra.
At present, generic Levitra is not legally available. So, any site offering to sell you medicine called 'Vardenafil' for erectile dysfunction should not be trusted.