Levitra and vardenafil are the names of medications prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction. They are the same medication, with Levitra being a brand of the generic treatment vardenafil.

Vardenafil is a different active ingredient to sildenafil, the generic version of Viagra.

The convenience of Levitra and Vardenafil

One of the advantages of oral erectile dysfunction treatments such as Levitra and Vardenafil are their convenience. Like other treatments for the condition that come in tablet form, such as avanafil (Spedra), it only needs to be swallowed with water. This makes the treatment both easy to administer and discreet. It is also available as an orodispersible tablet, which melts in the mouth rather than needing to be swallowed with water.

How long until Levitra kicks in?

This may depend on whether you have eaten a large meal before taking the medication, which can slow down its effects. On an empty stomach, Levitra should be taken between 25 and 60 minutes before you expect to engage in sexual activity.

Length of action for Levitra

Vardenafil is a relatively long acting erectile dysfunction medication (remaining active in the body for four to five hours), although others such as Tadalafil can last much longer (up to 36 hours). These times are meant as a broad guide, however, as everyone can react differently to the medication. Other factors, such as whether it is taken with a meal (particularly those containing large amounts of fat) and dosage, can also affect the action of the treatment.

Things to avoid when taking Levitra

If you have not acquired the effects you required from the medication, or you needed it to last longer, you should not take more. Levitra should only be taken once in a 24-hour period. Your doctor should be able to adjust your treatment, or prescribe another, if you are unsatisfied with the results.

It is also important to check the use by date on the box your medication comes in. If it has expired, it may not work as well

You should avoid consuming a large meal, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, drinking grapefruit juice, or using recreational drugs when taking Levitra. Alcohol and large meals can affect how well or quickly Levitra works, and grapefruit juice or recreational drugs (particularly amyl nitrate or ‘poppers’) can interact with the drug and increase the risk of serious side effects.

Side effects for Levitra and vardenafil

It is essential that you follow your prescribing clinician’s directions carefully when taking this medication. Taking more than the prescribed dosage can lead to unpleasant side effects, including headaches, digestive issues, flushing and a blocked nose.

For the most part, these medications are well tolerated and frequent side effects for Levitra and vardenafil, when they do occur, are mild. If they do occur, inform your doctor, who may be able to prescribe another erectile dysfunction treatment, such as alprostadil (Caverject).

It is also important that you inform your doctor of any other treatments you are currently receiving, whether related to erectile dysfunction or not. Vardenafil should not be taken alongside other erectile dysfunction medication.

Page last reviewed:  24/07/2020