What is Levitra?

LevitraThe alternative to Viagra

Most men from time to time experience erectile dysfunction, however sadly for some, it occurs frequently. Fortunately, there are medications that treat this condition, your doctor is your first point of call.  Let’s explore the pros and cons of Levitra (Vardenafil).

Levitra is a prescription medication used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men. Taken in tablet form, Levitra is a popular solution for ED.

Levitra’s active ingredient is Vardenafil.  Vardenafil is classified as a PDE 5 inhibitor, it is also commonly known as Staxyn, Levitra, Vavanza and Vilitra.

How does Vardenafil work?

Just like Sildenafil-Citrate (Viagra) or Tadalafil (Cialis), Vardenafil’s purpose is to assist men who have difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection by increasing blood flow to the penis. There are however slight differences in composition between the three.

What are the side effects of Levitra?

Like all medications, Vardenafil has side effects too.  Generally, it is a well-tolerated medication and mostly its side effects are minimal.  When taking Levitra, you may however experience the following mild symptoms:

  • Faintness or dizziness
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Flushing
  • Nausea

More serious symptoms may include:

  • Sweating
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Decreased vision or blurred vision
  • Pain in arm, back or jaw
  • Eye pain
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Hearing reduction

It is important that if you experience any side effects when using Vardenafil that you contact your doctor immediately.

What is Levitra’s dosage?

Firstly, do not take other than prescribed by your doctor. Levitra may be taken daily if required, it is important to not exceed the daily dose.  Levitra and generic Vardenafil come in dosages between 5mg – 40mg, your medical doctor will advise you on the best dosage for you

When not to take Levitra?

Do not use this Vardenafil if you are also using a nitrate medicination for angina or high blood pressure. Examples of nitrate medications may include nitroglycerin, isosorbide, Imdur®, Nitro-Bid®, Nitro-Dur®, Nitrol® ointment, Nitrolingual® spray, Nitrostat®, and Transderm Nitro®.

If you take recreational drugs ie “poppers” as they also contain nitrates such as amyl nitrate and butyl nitrate. Do not use this in conjunction with riociguat (Adempas®).

As with all erectile dysfunction medications, men over 65 are at a higher risk of adverse side effects.  It is strongly advised not to take Vardenafil without consulting your doctor.

What is the best time to take Levitra?

The effects of Vardenafil usually take place within 60 minutes and it may be taken on an empty stomach (without food).  Like Viagra and Cialis, the medication only works when sexual stimulation occurs. Without arousal the medication will be ineffective.

How long does Levitra last?

Generally, the effects will last up to 4 hours, this can vary between individuals.

Is generic Levitra the same as brand name?

The benefit of buying brand name Levitra is the absolute assurance that the product is genuine.  Generic medicines are mostly safe and consist of the same active ingredient.  The main benefit of buying a generic ED medication is the cost.  Buying generics online also provides convenience whilst saving you money.

Where can I buy Levitra in Australia?

Brand name Levitra and generic Levitra are available from pharmacies throughout Australia.  Or you can choose to buy Levitra online from reputable websites.

What you can take away

Erectile dysfunction can be a life altering issue, affecting your emotional well-being which impacts on relationships and your general self-worth.  It is important to seek treatment, although many men find discussing ED, off topic and embarrassing.  The good news is, you’re normal and talking with your doctor will provide you with solutions and share the burden.