What is Levitra?
Levitra is a medicine used to treat erectile dysfunction. Vardenafil is the active ingredient in Levitra. Vardenafil belongs to a group of medicines called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE 5) inhibitors. They are used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in adult men, a condition which implies difficulties in getting or keeping an erection.
How does it work?
Levitra will only work when you are sexually stimulated. It reduces the action of the natural chemical in your body which makes erections go away.
How is Levitra used?
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. The recommended dose is 10 mg.
Take a Levitra tablet about 25 to 60 minutes before sexual activity. With sexual stimulation you may achieve an erection anywhere from 25 minutes up to four to five hours after taking Levitra.
Swallow one tablet with a glass of water.
Do not take Levitra film-coated tablets with any other forms of Levitra. Do not take Levitra more than once a day.
What are the common side-effects of Levitra?
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Levitra may cause the following side effects:
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 patients):
- Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 patients)
- Blocked or runny nose
Who can not use Levitra?
It is not possible for us to prescribe Levitra:
- If you are allergic to vardenafil or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6 of the patient information leaflet). Signs of an allergic reaction include a rash, itching, swollen face or lips and shortness of breath.
- If you are taking medicines containing nitrates, such as glycerol trinitrate for angina, or nitric oxide donors, such as amyl nitrite. Taking these medicines with Levitra could seriously affect your blood pressure.
- If you are taking ritonavir or indinavir, medicines used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections.
- If you are over 75 years of age and are taking ketaconazole or itraconazole, anti-fungal medicines.
- If you have a severe heart or liver problem.
- If you are having kidney dialysis.
- If you have recently had a stroke or heart attack.
- If you have or have had low blood pressure.
- If your family has a history of degenerative eye diseases (such as retinitis pigmentosa).
- If you have ever had a condition involving loss of vision due to damage to the optic nerve from insufficient blood supply known as non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION).
- If you are taking riociguat. This drug is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (i.e. high blood pressure in the lungs) and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (i.e. high blood pressure in the lungs secondary to blood clots). PDE5 inhibitors, such as Levitra have been shown to increase the hypotensive effects of this medicine. If you are taking riociguat or are unsure tell your doctor.
- If you have heart trouble. It may be risky for you to have sex.
- If you suffer from irregular heart beat (cardiac arrhythmia) or inherited heart diseases affecting your electrocardiogram.
- If you have a physical condition affecting the shape of the penis. This includes conditions called angulation, Peyronie’s disease and cavernosal fibrosis.
- If you have an illness that can cause erections which won’t go away (priapism).
- These include sickle cell disease, multiple myeloma and leukaemia.
- If you have stomach ulcers (also called gastric or peptic ulcers).
- If you have a bleeding disorder (such as haemophilia).
- If you are using any other treatments for erection difficulties, including Levitra orodispersible tablets (see section Other medicines and Levitra).
- If you experience sudden decrease or loss of vision (stop taking Levitra and contact your doctor immediately)
Please refer to the following Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) to find more information(including side effects) about Levitra tablets:
For Levitra PIL, please refer to: