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    Potential side effects of Levitra

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      How Levitra works

      Levitra allows more blood to reach the penis by opening up the arteries which supply it. However, as with all medicines, it can come with side effects for a very small proportion of men. While they are normally mild, in very rare circumstances these side effects can be serious.

      Side effects

      Common (affect between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 people)

      • Inflammation of the nose
      • Indigestion
      • Temporary redness of the face and neck
      • Head pain

      Uncommon (affect between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1000 people)

      • Backache
      • Sinus irritation and congestion
      • Dizzy
      • Flu-like symptoms
      • Feeling like throwing up

      Rare (affect between 1 in 1000 and 1 in 10,000 people)

      • Visual field defect
      • Pink eye
      • Angina
      • Pain/pressure in the eye
      • Hearing loss
      • Abnormally high or low blood pressure
      • Seizures
      • Blurred vision
      • Inadequate blood flow to the heart muscle
      • Prolonged G-T interval on ECG
      • Blood pressure drop upon standing up, resulting in dizziness
      • Heart attack
      • Nosebleed
      • Continued, painful erections
      • Feeling weak
      • Abnormal increase in muscle tone
      • Feeling faint
      • Coloured or blurred vision
      • Neck pain
      • Inflammation of the oesophagus
      • Increased eye sensitivity to light
      • Increased heartbeat, as well as palpitations or heavy pounding
      • Trouble breathing
      • Chest pain
      • Difficulty swallowing
      • Puffy face from water retention
      • Itching
      • Problem with ejaculation
      • Abnormal liver function tests
      • Excessive watery eyes
      • Episodes of short-term memory loss
      • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
      • Throat irritation
      • Vomiting
      • Dry mouth
      • Burning stomach
      • Diarrhea
      • Sun-sensitive skin
      • Feeling giddy
      • Joint and muscle pain
      • Drowsiness/feeling sleepy
      • Trouble getting regular sleep
      • Numbness/reduced feeling to touch
      • Developing skin rashes
      • Condition in which stomach acid is pushed into the oesophagus
      • Sweating excessively
      • Life threatening allergic reaction

      How to decrease the risk of Levitra side effects

      • Avoid recreational drugs- Taking recreational drugs can be dangerous when mixed with Levitra, and so side effects are more likely to occur. Drugs like ‘poppers’ and ‘room odourisers’ can be particularly bad mixes due to the presence of nitrates, which can be fatal.
      • Check prescription medicines interactions with Levitra- Whilst Levitra is recommended for diabetics, mixing Levitra with other prescription medicines can decrease the effectiveness of the drug, and increase the possibility of side effects. You should therefore consult your doctor taking any prescription medicines at the same time as Levitra to decrease the likelihood of side effects.


      Levitra is a successful ED treatment for many men, and those who use it generally find that the benefits outweigh the risks of side effects. It should be noted that the chances of developing serious side effects are low, but can occur in less than 1% of men who take Levitra. If you have any further questions, please consult your doctor via your Patient Record.

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