- The branded version of Vardenafil
- For Male Erectile Dysfunction
- Taken 25-60 minutes prior to sexual activity, effects last for up to 4-5 hours
- Not to be used with other erectile dysfunction treatments
There are many causes for erectile dysfunction, this can include medical reasons, age, stress factors, lifestyle, inadequate rest, or smoking and alcohol. In some of these circumstances, patients can make some changes to combat these effects. In certain circumstances, lifestyle changes alone may be inadequate, and treatment using medicines may be considered. In all cases, reducing risk factors by making lifestyle modifications should accompany treatment using ED medication.
Levitra is a relatively fast-acting erectile dysfunction medicine with its effects potentially working after 25 minutes. It belongs to a family of medicines called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE) inhibitors. PDE inhibitors are medicines that prevent the phosphodiesterase enzyme from breaking down the messengers responsible for the relaxation of smooth muscle and therefore widening of blood vessels in the penis when stimulated. This dilation improves blood circulation and increases blood flow which therefore leads to a better erection.
This group of medication is commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction, and there are other different drugs within this group such as Viagra (Sildenafil), Cialis (Tadalafil), and Spedra (Avanafil). Although Levitra is only licensed to treat ED, other drugs within this group can be used to treat conditions such as certain types of high blood pressure. It is therefore used with caution in patients with cardiovascular disease and heart failure or hypotension (low blood pressure).
Generic Vardenafil is like Levitra in terms of its mechanism of action while being significantly cheaper. Therefore, you should notice no difference between the effects of these two treatments.
Vardenafil which is the active drug in Levitra is also available as a 10 mg orodispersible tablet. This may help those with swallowing difficulties. It may also suit patients who do not want the effects of a heavy or high-fat meal to interfere with the rate of absorption of the drug. The generic orodispersible variation is available under Vardenafil, the brand Levitra is no longer available in an orodispersible tablet. As the orodispersible tablet only comes in one strength, patients may wish to increase the strength to 20 mg by doubling up on the tablet. Alternatively, if the 10 tablet is too strong, the dose may be halved to 5mg.
- There are now only two strengths of Levitra available: 10 mg and 20 mg tablets.
- When taken with high-fat foods, the drug’s rate of absorption decreases, which may delay the desired effect.
- The effects of Levitra can last 4-5 hours.
- Levitra should not be taken by anyone under the age of eighteen or by those who experience no trouble in achieving an erection.
Side Effects of using Levitra
As with all medications, Levitra can have unpleasant side effects. The most common of these are:
- Nasal congestion
- Gastrointestinal discomfort
These side effects are not cause for great concern and should last only a short time.
However, if you experience a painful erection that will not go down, contact your nearest medical centre or out-of-hours service for help.
To determine if Levitra is a suitable treatment for you, please select your preferred option and proceed to the assessment page.
Levitra licensed for erectile dysfunction comes as an orally administered tablet in the following two strengths:
When taken orally, Levitra may begin to work in as little as 25 minutes.
Directions: Take one tablet 25-60 minutes prior to sexual activity
Can Levitra affect fertility?
No, it has no detrimental effect on fertility.
How long will it take Levitra to work?
Levitra tablets should begin to work within 25-60 minutes. Sexual stimulation is needed for Vardenafil to be fully effective. If you eat a large meal before taking Levitra tablets, the effects may be delayed.
How long will the effects of Levitra last?
The effects of Levitra last for approximately 4-5 hours. You will still require sexual stimulation for the medicine to work.
Why are the doses of Levitra low?
Levitra is a potent medicine hence why it has lower doses than some other ED medicines.
Can I drink alcohol with Levitra?
As with most erectile dysfunction (ED) medication, alcohol can increase the chances of hypotension (low blood pressure) while increasing your heart rate. It can cause excessive dizziness and fainting. Alcohol is also a contributing factor to erectile dysfunction.
Can I drink grapefruit juice with Levitra?
You must avoid grapefruit juice at the same time as it increases exposure to the drug. If you drink grapefruit you must avoid doing so at least 24 hours before administering Levitra
What does Levitra look like?
Levitra tablets may vary in appearance from one brand to another and can come in different colours and shapes. If you have a brand preference, please contact us to let us know. All our brands are equally as effective and carefully sourced. Items are all thoroughly checked by our Pharmacy.
Can Levitra tablets be used alongside other erectile dysfunction medication?
No, they cannot. All medications that treat erectile dysfunction work the same way and so using multiple forms at one time can cause an overdose and a higher chance of serious side effects.
What strengths of Levitra are available?
Levitra tablets are now only available in two strengths; 10mg and 20mg.
Is there a cheaper generic version of Levitra tablets?
Yes, a generic version is sold as Vardenafil.
Is Levitra legal to purchase online in the UK?
Yes, Levitra can be purchased online in the UK from GPhC-approved websites. As we are regulated and approved by the GPhC you can be confident with the request. One of our prescribers will issue a prescription (free of charge) to our in-house pharmacy if deemed suitable.
Can I take Levitra if I have a history of heart problems?
Levitra, as with other drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction, should be used with caution in patients with heart issues. By answering our simple questionnaire, we can determine if Levitra will be suitable. You must answer all questions honestly for us to assess your suitability for treatment.
I take nitrates, can I still buy Levitra online?
Unfortunately, not. There is a severe reaction between Vardenafil, nitrate tablets, sprays, and Nicorandil tablets. If you take any of these it is important to inform us so that we can help by suggesting alternatives. The effects of taking nitrates with erectile dysfunction medication can be dangerous.
Is Levitra suitable for use in women?
No. Levitra and other erectile dysfunction medicines are only licensed for use in men.
Can I drive after taking Levitra?
Side effects of using Levitra may include blurred vision and dizziness so you should refrain from driving or operating machinery until you know that the drug does not affect you in any of these ways.
Is Levitra suitable for me?
To determine if Levitra is the right drug to help with your erectile dysfunction, you will need to answer a few simple health-related questions. If your consultant deems Levitra to be unsuitable, then they will endeavour to offer alternative options and advice. For many, the root cause of ED is not strictly physical. Alcohol consumption, stress and tiredness can also affect your ability to get and maintain an erection.