What is Levitra?
Levitra (vardenafil HCl) is a PDE-5 inhibitor and is the newest treatment option available for 30 million men in Europe affected by erectile dysfunction (impotence).
How does Levitra work?
Levitra acts in the same way as Viagra, by blocking an enzyme called phosphodiesterase-5, or PDE-5. This
helps the smooth muscles in the penis to relax, which effectively increases blood flow.
Who makes it?
Levitra is made by Bayer of Germany and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) plc of the UK. In November 2001,Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) signed a worldwide co-promotion and co-development agreement to launch a new treatment for men seeking to improve their erectile function. Sincethen, both companies have been working together on the development of Levitra.
With these companies’ strong histories in healthcare and pharmaceuticals, the Bayer and GSK co-promotion represents a powerful partnership committed to improving men’s health through new treatment options.
What is the normal recommended dosage?
The suggested dose is to start with 10mg of Levitra, and to adjust the strength depending on the results. However, the doctor may override your selection if he/she feelsthat based on your medical circumstances a different dose is more suitable.
What are the side effects of taking Levitra?
Whilst the side effects may not effect everybody and may vary from patient to patient, the most commonly reported side effects are headaches, flushing, rhinitis and flu.
Has it been approved in the UK?
Levitra was approved on March 7, 2003, by the European Commission and it has now been approved for the UK. This was based on the quality, safety and efficacy data submitted. These data included results from more than 3,750 men representing a broad patientpopulation.
What are the differences between Viagra and Vardenafil (Levitra)?
Vardenafil (Levitra) generally comes in smaller doses (5, 10, and 20mg), has fewer sideeffects, and delivers a faster reaction time than Viagra. In clinical research, patients taking Vardenafil (Levitra) began experiencing results in 30 minutes or less.
How long does the drug stay active within your body?
In tests, Vardenafil (Levitra) stayed active and working in the system for an average of 12 hours in patients 65 years or older, and 9 and a half hours in younger participants. Clinical studies have shown that Viagra has the ability to reIndex in the system for up to 4 hours.
What are the Side Effects of Levitra?
Taking Levitra can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Most of the effects are mild or moderate.
Very common side effects
(These may affect 1 in 10 people or more)
Common side effects
(These may affect between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 people)
- Feeling sick (nausea)
- Blocked or runny nose
Uncommon side effects
(These may affect less than 1 in 100 people)
- Sensitivity of the eye to sunlight
- High or low blood pressure
- Stiffness in muscles
- Effects on vision
- Erectile disturbances (such as spontaneous or painful erections)
If any of these affects you badly, or doesn’t go away as you carry on taking Levitra, tell your doctor. If you notice any side effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please tell your doctor.
Is it dangerous to drink alcohol when taking Levitra?
In clinical studies 20mg of Levitra was taken with a blood alcohol level of .08 (legal limit in most states) and showed no adverse reactions to heart rate or blood pressure. While it is not dangerous to consume moderate amounts of alcohol with Levitra, alcohol itself (with or without Levitra) makes erections more difficult. To get the best benefits and most enjoyable experiences you should limit your alcohol consumption as much as possible.
Can women take Levitra?
No. Levitra is for men only.
Does Levitra increase and mans sex drive and desire for sex?
No. Levitra is not a hormone or aphrodisiac. It does nothing to help a mans sex drive. It only helps a man achieve an erection who is already sexually stimulated and ready for sex.
Who cannot take LEVITRA?
Patients who are taking any medicines containing nitrates should not take Levitra. These are commonly prescribed for the relief of angina (chest pain). Levitra, in combination with nitrates, can lower blood pressure significantly leading to untoward effects. Patients should inform their doctor if they are taking any of these medicines or should ask if they are uncertain.
Patients with the following:
· Known hypersensitivity to any component of the drug Levitra;
· Men with cardiac disease of a severity where sex is inadvisable;
· Recent stroke, heart attack or low blood pressure;
· Unstable angina or angina occurring during sexual intercourse;
· Aged over 75 years and taking ritonavir, indinavir, ketoconazole or itraconazole (oral form)
Levitra should not be taken with other erectile dysfunction treatments.
What conditions may prevent a man using LEVITRA?
Levitra should be used with caution in patients with
· An abnormally formed penis.
· Diseases that might result in prolonged erections e.g. Sickle cell anaemia, multiple myeloma, or leukaemia.
· A history of postural hypotension.
· Severe kidney or liver disease
What happens if I increase the dose?
An increase in dose should always occur under close medical supervision. Clinical trials have shown that increasing the dose beyond the maximum recommended dose of 20mg simply increases the side effects and not the efficacy.
Can I drive while taking LEVITRA?
As dizziness has been reported in clinical trials of Levitra, patients should be aware of how they react to the drug before they drive.
Will it work for everyone?
If Levitra does not help you to get an erection, or your erection does not last long enough for you to complete your chosen sexual activity you should tell your doctor, who will be able to advise you as to whether a dose increase is necessary to reach the desired effect.