How Does Levitra Work?
Levitra (Vardenafil) is a PDE-5 (Phosphodiesterase Type 5) inhibitor and belongs to the same family of medicines as Viagra (Sildenafil) and Cialis (Tadalafil). Levitra works by helping men with ED to get and maintain an erection by increasing the blood flow to the erectile tissue in the penis. It is not an aphrodisiac and doesn’t enhance your libido, it will only work when you are sexually aroused.
How is Levitra Taken?
Levitra should be taken around one hour before sex. Consuming a high fat or heavy meal will delay it's onset of action so it is advised you stick to a light meal. It is recommended that you should not drink more than one or two units of alcohol when taking Levitra as it can impair the effects of the treatment and may also increase the risk of side effects such as dizziness due to a temporary lowering of your blood pressure. You must not take more than one tablet at any time and should not take more than one tablet in a 24 hour period. Levitra should not be taken within 24 hours of taking any other ED treatment.
How Fast will Levitra Work?
Levitra should normally take effect within one hour of taking a tablet and can remain effective for up to five hours. This doesn’t mean that your erection will last this long, rather that you will be able to get an improved erection more easily during this period of time if sexually aroused. You should not take it unless you intend to have sex.
How Effective is Levitra?
Levitra can be very effective in helping men with ED to get an improved erection. However, it's effectiveness depends on many different factors which include, the underlying cause of the ED and it’s severity, your level of anxiety and the degree of sexual stimulation. Levitra has been shown to be more effective in helping men with diabetes who have ED.
Men who take Levitra are advised to try it on at least eight different occasions before increasing the dose or trying a different medication (if safe and appropriate). You should speak to the doctor if Levitra isn’t working for you and ensure you have had the checks and tests we advise with your GP.
Does Levitra Have Side Effects?
The side effects associated with Levitra are usually mild to moderate and of a short duration these can include: facial flushing, headaches, light-headedness, a stuffy nose and/or indigestion. Please ensure you read the patient information leaflet that comes with the medication has a full list of potential side effects and warnings before taking Levitra.
If you experience any chest pain or your erection lasts longer than four hours please contact the emergency services and seek medical help immediately.
Can You Take Levitra with Other Medicines?
Levitra should not be taken if you are taking certain medicines due to serious and potentially life threatening interactions. It is extremely important that you let us know about ALL medicines you have or are taking every time you use our service.
Nitrates: Do not use Levitra if you are taking Nicorandil or any Nitrate containing medication. 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; in particular “poppers”, “room odorizers” and “aromas”. Nitrates can also be found in other medications so it's very important you list all 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 your blood pressure which can be fatal.
Alpha-blockers: These include terazosin, tamsulosin, doxazosin, prazosin and alfuzosin. If you are taking alpha blockers then you must leave at least a six hour gap between taking the alpha-blocker and taking Levitra, otherwise 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 a doctor to ensure the Levitra is still safe to take.
Does Levitra Treat the Underlying Causes of Erectile Dysfunction?
Levitra does not treat the underlying cause of the erectile dysfunction. ED can be a sign of a more serious underlying health condition. It can be a symptom of a physical health problem such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a hormonal condition. Vascular disease (narrowing of the blood vessels) is the most common underlying physical cause and therefore ED can be an ‘early warning’ sign for heart disease and stroke particularly in men over the age of 40. It is therefore very important to have the tests and checks we advise with your doctor so any underlying conditions and risk factors can be treated.
ED can also be caused by psychological problems such as stress, anxiety and depression. Levitra can help to boost your confidence and reduce the anxiety and stress resulting from having the ED itself and help break the vicious cycle of failure to get an erection.
If you think you have erectile dysfunction, click here to complete our free medical assessment or if you think Levitra may be the right treatment for you click here. Our doctors will then assess whether you are suitable for treatment.