- Gives a firmer and longer lasting erection when aroused
- Taken one hour before sex and can remain effective for around four to five hours
- Recommended for men with diabetes
Levitra is an erectile dysfunction (ED) medication which is the brand version of the drug vardenafil. It is part of the PDE-5 (Phosphodiesterase type 5) inhibitor group which works by increasing the blood flow to the erectile tissue in the penis, helping those with ED to get a firmer and longer lasting erection when sexually aroused.
How do I take Levitra?
Levitra should be taken around 30 - 60 minutes before sex. Do not take more than one tablet in 24 hours or combine Levitra with other ED medicines. Do not drink more than two units of alcohol whilst taking Levitra or eat a heavy meal as this has been shown to reduce effectiveness.
|How quickly does Levitra work?|
Levitra usually takes effect within 60 minutes and can remain effective for around four to five hours. This does not mean that your erection will last that long – simply that you will have the ability to get an improved erection within that period of time. Eating a light meal before taking Levitra should not delay Levitra from working.
|How effective is Levitra at treating erectile dysfunction?|
Levitra has been shown to be very effective in helping many men with ED to get an improved erection when sexually aroused.
Levitra does not treat the underlying cause of the ED. It can however help improve your confidence and reduce the anxiety and stress resulting from having the ED itself.
ED is often a symptom of a more serious underlying physical health problem - such as diabetes, high blood pressure, a high cholesterol or a hormonal condition. Most commonly it is due to underlying vascular disease (narrowing of the blood vessels). This can be an early warning sign of heart disease and stroke, particularly if you are over the age of 40. So it is really important that you have the tests we recommend with your doctor to identify and treat any underlying health issues and risk factors.
ED can also be caused by psychological problems such as stress, anxiety and depression.
|What are the side effects associated with Levitra?|
The side effects associated with Levitra are generally mild to moderate and of a short duration, the most common of which include:
If you experience any chest pain when using Levitra or your erection lasts for longer than four hours then please contact the emergency services and seek medical help immediately.
Please read the patient information leaflet which comes with the medication, before taking Levitra, for a full list of potential side effects and warnings.
|Does Levitra interact with other medicines?|
Levitra should not be taken if you are taking certain other medications due to serious and potentially life threatening interactions. It is really important that you give us a full list of ALL the medicines you are taking everytime you use our service.
Do not use Levitra if you are taking Nicorandil or any Nitrates.
Nitrates are found in some heart medications such as a GTN spray or tablets that you put under your tongue and isosorbide mononitrate/dinitrate used for angina, as well as in certain recreational drugs such as “poppers”, “room odorizers” and “aromas”. They can also be found in other medications so it's very important that you list all the medicines and recreational drugs you have or are taking when asked. This is because when combined with ED medications, they can cause a serious and life threatening drop in blood pressure, which can be fatal.
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 as the combination can cause a dangerous drop in your blood pressure.This is not a full list of all the medication interactions - Levitra can interact dangerously with other medicines. Please list ALL the medicines you are taking when asked. If you subsequently start taking a new medication, before taking your Levitra please always check with our doctors first by sending a message via your patient record, to ensure the Levitra is still safe to take.
What happens if I am not suitable for a prescription?
|If our doctors think that an online consultation is not appropriate we will let you know via your patient record and refund you straight away. Please note that refunds takes two to three working days to appear on your statement.|
|Where do I have to take the paper prescription?|
You can take your prescription into any pharmacy in the Republic of Ireland.