Levitra also known by its key ingredient name Vardenafil citrate, is a prescription drug used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Levitra is manufactured by Bayer plc, and is a part of a group of medicines called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors or PDE-5 inhibitors.
How does it work
Levitra increases the blood flow to the penis, making it easier to achieve and maintain an erection in response to sexual stimulation for men with erectile dysfunction. Levitra starts working within 30 minutes to an hour, and its effects last for up to 36 hours. Although Levitra’s effects can last up to 36 hours, men taking Levitra will only be able to achieve an erection when sexually aroused.
Can I take Levitra?
Levitra is suitable for men aged 18 and above and studies have shown it is effective in treating 69-83% of cases of erectile dysfunction. Research has also demonstrated shown Levitra is particularly effective in treating diabetics with erectile dysfunction. Levitra may not be suitable for you if you take protein inhibitors, Nitrates (which are often prescribed for chest pain) medications for prostate problems or high blood pressure. If you take any of these medicines and you require treatment for erectile dysfunction you should consult your own GP for further advice.
You can find more information on this in the Levitra patient information leaflet
How do I take Levitra?
The recommended starting dose for Levitra is 10mg taken approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour before sexual activity. The strength of the dose is normally adjusted depending on the response to 5mg-20mg as a single dose when needed. Our doctors recommend that you take the lowest dose possible of Levitra to achieve the desired effect so as to reduce the probability of experiencing side effects. No more than one dose should be taken in a 24 hour period.
The consumption of alcohol and fat-rich foods can slow down the body’s ability to absorb Levitra. To get the best results, it is advised that you avoid alcohol before the use of the drug and use it on an empty stomach, or after a low-fat meal.
Are there any side effects?
Some men report side effects when taking Levitra – but at the recommended dose these are mild and don’t last long. Side effects include headaches, nasal congestion, flushing, and dyspepsia. For more information on side effects please see the patient information leaflet.