What is Levitra?

Levitra is a tablet medication that treats erectile dysfunction (otherwise known as ED or impotence) in men. A branded treatment, Levitra is manufactured and marketed by Bayer.

What forms of Levitra tablets are available?

Levitra can be purchased as either a generic tablet which is swallowed with water, or as an orodispersible tablet, which dissolves in the mouth. 

Which tablet should I choose?

It depends on what dosage you need. The dissolvable tablet is only available in a 10mg dose, so if you require a higher or lower dosage, you should opt for the standard tablet, which can be purchased in 5mg, 10mg and 20mg doses. 

If a 10mg dose is suitable, the dissolvable tablet can be consumed without water, and so can be taken discreetly. 

How effective is Levitra? Can it cure ED?

Results in clinical trials have been excellent for many men.

Studies in which men have used the 10mg orodispersible tablet have shown a 71% success rate in terms of penetration, and a 63% success rate regarding maintaining an erection. 

While Levitra isn’t a cure for ED as such, it does significantly reduce and address symptoms of impotence in a large number of cases. 

What does Levitra do? How does it function?

A chemical in the body, cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), becomes active when a man is aroused, resulting in an erection. 

An enzyme known as Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) can however eradicate cGMP, and cause erectile dysfunction. Levitra helps to prevent PDE5 from doing this, and makes maintaining erections easier. 

When should I use Levitra?

Levitra should be taken between 25 minutes and 1 hour prior to sexual activity. 

How long do the effects of Levitra last for?

Levitra, when sexually aroused, is typically active in the body for between four and five hours after using it. It doesn’t work if you’re not stimulated sexually.

Should you experience an erection which won’t subside for a prolonged period (priapism), seek medical advice immediately. 

How frequently should I take Levitra?

Levitra should only be taken once a day, before sexual activity. For more information, consult your healthcare prescriber. 

How long does it take Levitra to kick in?

Levitra usually becomes active in the body within 25 - 60 minutes. 

If you’re looking for an even faster-acting treatment, Spedra has been shown to produce results within 15 minutes.  

Is Levitra safe to use? Are there any side effects?

So long as a qualified doctor has authorised Levitra for your consumption, factoring in your symptoms, any other medication you might be taking, and any other medical conditions you may be experiencing, it is perfectly safe to use. 

You should only purchase Levitra from a registered pharmacy. A prescription will be required to process your order. 

Levitra may result in side effects, but they will not affect everyone. You should read the list of potential side effects in the information leaflet provided with the medication prior to use. 

Typical side effects include dizziness, flushed skin, a runny nose and indigestion. Less commonly, you may become drowsy or develop impaired vision or muscular pain.

If you do experience an allergic reaction, for example, a rash, itching, swelling of the face, an erection that becomes painful and persists for more than four hours, or sudden loss of vision or hearing, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Why choose Levitra over Viagra?

Levitra can be faster acting, and is believed to be effective for slightly longer than Viagra. It’s also more suitable for men with underlying health complications. 

A further benefit of Levitra is its availability as a dissolvable, and more discreet medication.

Can I take Levitra alongside other medication?

You should discuss any prescription or non-prescription medication you’re taking with your doctor before they provide you with this treatment. 

Is Levitra available for women?

Levitra is not available nor suitable for women.

How safe is it to buy Levitra online?

Provided you purchase Levitra from a registered online pharmacy, it’s safe to buy. You should make sure that the pharmacy that the website you obtain it from is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, and that the website features their logo. 

Sites which offer to sell the medication without a prescription are doing so illegally, and should be avoided at all costs.

Is there a generic form of Levitra available?

Yes. Vardenafil is available as a generic treatment for ED. 

Read our page on erectile dysfunction treatment information for more.

What should I do if Levitra doesn’t work?

If Levitra is not producing the results you want it to, speak to your doctor. They may decide to adjust your dose, or explore further treatments with you. 

Can you get Levitra over the counter?

Levitra is not available over the counter in the UK, and is a prescription only treatment. A qualified doctor will need to ascertain if it’s an appropriate form of medication for you. 

What ingredients does Levitra contain?

Levitra consists of the active ingredient, vardenafil.

The standard tablet also comprises: crospovidone, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, colloidal anhydrous silica.

Does Levitra Orodispersible contain different ingredients?

Yes. The orodispersible tablets additionally contain vardenafil. The excipient ingredients are: peppermint flavour, magnesium stearate, mannitol (E421), aspartame (E951), sorbitol (E420), crospovidone and hydrated silica colloidal.

Can I drink alcohol whilst taking Levitra?

Consuming alcohol can make erectile dysfunction worse, and is therefore not recommended whilst using Levitra.  

Does grapefruit juice interact with Levitra?

Grapefruit juice consists of furanocoumarins - chemicals which could impact on how the medicine is absorbed in the body. Drinking grapefruit juice whilst taking Levitra is therefore not recommended. 

Are there any reviews for Levitra online?

Yes. However, you should take into account that user forums and reviews may not necessarily provide accurate, legitimate information about the drug. 

Clinical trials can offer greater and more accurate statistical insight, but might be more challenging for a lay reader to interpret as a consequence of the medical and mathematical terminology used. 

In the event that you are looking to use ED medication for the first time, the best approach is to consult your doctor. They can take your medical history and requirements as an individual into consideration, and provide clarity on the properties of the medicine and its possible side effects. 

You can find more information regarding reviews, results and other FAQs about ED treatments here.

Page last reviewed:  24/07/2020