Vardenafil is indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, a condition characterized by the inability to attain or maintain an erection in men. It belongs to a class of drugs known as phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors. Its mechanism of action involves the enhancement of penile blood flow during sexual stimulation, which promotes the achievement of an erection. Vardenafil is not a cure for erectile dysfunction, nor does it influence sexual desire.
Uses and Dosage
Vardenafil is available in tablet and rapidly disintegrating tablet form for oral administration. It is typically taken as needed, with or without food, 60 minutes before engaging in sexual activity.
Vardenafil should not be taken more than once in a 24-hour period. Depending on certain health conditions or concomitant medications, your healthcare provider may advise you to take vardenafil less frequently. Ensure that you take vardenafil as directed, without altering the dosage or frequency of administration.
Before taking the rapidly disintegrating tablet, carefully inspect the blister pack to ensure that none of the blisters are torn, broken, or missing tablets. Remove the tablet from the package as directed and place it on your tongue, allowing it to dissolve rapidly without swallowing or taking it with water or any other liquid.
Your physician will most likely begin you on a standard dose of vardenafil and adjust your dosage based on your response to the medication. If you are using the rapidly disintegrating tablets, your doctor will not be able to modify your dose since they are only available in one strength.
Inform your doctor if Vardenafil is ineffective or if you are experiencing any side effects.
Rapidly disintegrating tablets are not interchangeable with standard vardenafil tablets. Ensure that you receive only the type of vardenafil that was prescribed by your physician.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- upset stomach
- stuffy or runny nose
- flu-like symptoms
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- erection that lasts longer than 4 hours
- sudden severe loss of vision (see below for more information)
- blurred vision
- changes in color vision (seeing blue tinge on objects, difficulty telling the difference between blue and green, or difficulty seeing at night)
- sudden decrease or loss of hearing
- ringing in ears
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
Before initiating treatment with vardenafil, disclose to your healthcare provider any history of allergies, including allergies to this medication or other substances. This product may contain inactive ingredients that can result in an allergic reaction or other medical issues.
Share with your physician or pharmacist your complete medical history, particularly any prior or existing heart problems such as heart attack, life-threatening irregular heartbeat in the last six months, chest pain or heart failure, stroke in the previous six months, kidney disease necessitating dialysis, liver disease, high or low blood pressure, dehydration, penis conditions like fibrosis/scarring, Peyronie’s disease, or angulation, prior history of painful/prolonged erection (priapism), conditions that can raise the risk of priapism (like leukemia, sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma), bleeding disorders, or active stomach ulcers.
This medication may cause dizziness or changes in vision. The use of alcohol or marijuana can intensify dizziness. Avoid driving, operating machinery, or performing any task that requires alertness or clear vision until you can perform such activities safely.
This medication is not typically prescribed for use in women, and its usage during pregnancy or breastfeeding is unlikely.
If you have any concerns or questions about this medication, consult with your doctor.
Form and Strength
Levitra is available in the following forms and strengths:
How do I get the best results from Levitra?
Levitra is best taken about an hour or so before sex so that it has time to metabolize for better results once you’re sexually stimulated.
How long does Levitra last for?
The effects of Levitra can last 4 to 5 hours.