- Generic version of the brand Levitra
- Comes as an orodispersible 10 mg tablet
- 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, including 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.
Vardenafil 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 Sildenafil, Tadalafil, and Spedra. Although Vardenafil 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 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. 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 three strengths of Vardenafil currently available; 5 mg, 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 Vardenafil can last 4-5 hours.
- Vardenafil 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 Vardenafil
As with all medications, Vardenafil 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 Vardenafil is a suitable treatment for you, please select your preferred option and proceed to the assessment page.
Vardenafil licensed for erectile dysfunction comes as an orally administered tablet in the following three strengths:
Vardenafil may begin to work in as little as 25 minutes after oral administration.
Directions: Take one tablet 25-60 minutes prior to sexual activity
Can Vardenafil affect fertility?
No, it has no detrimental effect on fertility.
How long will it take Vardenafil to work?
Tadalafil 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 Tadalafil tablets, the effects may be delayed.
How long will the effects of Vardenafil last?
The effects of Vardenafil last for approximately 4-5 hours. You will still require sexual stimulation for the medicine to work.
Why are the doses of Vardenafil low?
Vardenafil is a potent medicine hence why it has lower doses than some other ED medicines.
Can I drink alcohol with Vardenafil?
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 Vardenafil?
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 Vardenafil
What does Vardenafil look like?
Vardenafil 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 Vardenafil 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 Vardenafil are available?
Vardenafil tablets come in three strengths; 5mg, 10mg and 20mg.
Why are there so many companies making Vardenafil tablets?
Due to the patent expiring for Levitra, other manufacturers have been able to manufacture Vardenafil tablets making them more affordable.
Is Vardenafil legal to purchase online in the UK?
Yes, Vardenafil 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 Vardenafil if I have a history of heart problems?
Vardenafil, 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 Vardenafil will be suitable. You must answer all questions honestly for us to assess your suitability for treatment.
I take nitrates, can I still buy Vardenafil 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 Vardenafil suitable for use in women?
No. Vardenafil and other erectile dysfunction medicines are only licensed for use in men.
Can I drive after taking Vardenafil?
Side effects of using Vardenafil 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 Vardenafil suitable for me?
To determine if Vardenafil 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 Vardenafil 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.