What kind of medicine is Levitra?
Levitra is the trade name of a prescription only medicine (its scientific name is vardenafil hydrochloride). Levitra is one of a class of medicines known as PDE-5 (Phosphodiesterase type 5) inhibitors. The other two medicines in this class are Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) and Spedra (avanafil).
How does it work?
Levitra and the other PDE-5 inhibitors can help men with impotence (erectile dysfunction) by increasing the blood flow into the erectile tissue in the penis when aroused.
Levitra is not an aphrodisiac because it can only work if you are already sexually aroused. Levitra will not create any sense of arousal itself or increase your sex drive.
How do I take it?
Levitra should be taken about 25 to 60 minutes before sex.
You should not drink more than one or two units of alcohol as this will make Levitra less effective.
You should never take more than one Levitra tablet at a time and not take more than one tablet in 24 hours.
Levitra should not be taken within 24 hours of taking Viagra (Sildenafil), Cialis or Spedra.
How quickly does Levitra work?
On average, Levitra becomes effective in under an hour after taking a tablet. Levitra can remain effective for between four and five hours. This does not mean that your erection will last that long – simply that you will have the ability to attain an improved erection for that period of time. Eating a meal before taking Levitra should not delay Levitra from working.
How effective is it?
Levitra has been shown to be effective at helping some men attain and sustain better erections. How a particular man responds to Levitra very much depends upon the underlying cause of his impotence, the severity of any underlying cause and his degree of sexual stimulation.
If Levitra does not improve your erection the first time you take it, do not give up. The reason it did not work may have been that you were not sufficiently aroused. In most circumstances, it is advised that you should not try an alternative treatment or higher dose until you have tried Levitra at least eight times.
Are there any side effects?
Like all medicines, Levitra can have side effects. Thankfully, the side effects are generally mild and brief. Levitra's common side effects are headache, light headedness and facial flushing. Less frequently, men taking Levitra have reported indigestion, a stuffy nose and blurry vision.
If you experience any side effect from taking this medicine please contact us via your online patient record.
If you experience any chest pain when using Levitra or your erection lasts for longer than five hours then contact the emergency services or attend your local Accident and Emergency Department straight away.
Is it OK to take with other medicines?
Nitrates: you must not take Levitra if you are taking nitrates. These are present in some medicines to treat angina and recreational drugs such as “Poppers”, “Aromas” or “Room Odorisors”. If you combine nitrates with Levitra your blood pressure can drop dangerously low.
Alpha blockers: if you are taking alpha-blockers such as alfuzosin, doxazosin, tamsulosin or terazosin you should make sure there’s at least a six hour gap between taking the alpha-blocker and taking Levitra.
If you start taking any new medicines then please seek guidance from us by sending us a message via your online patient record.
Does Levitra treat the underlying causes of impotence?
Levitra will not resolve any underlying physical cause of your erectile dysfunction. As erectile dysfunction is often a symptom of other underlying conditions it is important that you look at the previous messages we have sent. You should be able to see which follow-up tests are recommended in your case.
If the cause of your impotence is primarily psychological, Levitra may help to break the cycle of anxiety and failure associated with being unable to achieve a satisfactory erection.