Levitra Side Effects, Uses & Dosage
Generic name: Vardenafil
Drug Class: Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitors
Table of Contents
- How to Take It
- Side Effects
- Warnings & Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Dosage & Missing a Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
- More Information
Levitra (Vardenafil ) is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men age 18 years or older. Vardenafil increases the body’s ability to achieve and maintain an erection during sexual stimulation.
It works by increasing blood flow to particular areas of the body and relaxing muscles found in the walls of blood vessels.
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How to Take It
Vardenafil comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It should be taken as needed about 1 hour before sexual activity. Some form of sexual stimulation is needed for an erection to occur with Vardenafil. Vardenafil should not be taken more than once a day.
Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Vardenafil exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Vardenafil can be taken with or without food.
Side effects that may occur while taking this medicine include:
- nausea/upset stomach
- flushing (feeling of warmth)
- watery eyes
- stuffy or runny nose
- blurred vision
- light sensitivity
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience:
- pounding in the ears
- cold sweats
- painful erection
- prolonged erection (longer than 4 hours)
- changes in vision
- difficulty swallowing or breathing
- chest pain
- itching or burning during urination
Warnings & Precautions
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking and if you are allergic to Vardenafil or any other drugs.
- Vardenafil may cause QT prolongation, a condition that affects the heart rhythm. QT prolongation can rarely cause serious fast or irregular heartbeat and other symptoms, including fainting and severe dizziness that require immediate medical attention.
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart, kidney, or liver disease; a stroke; high or low blood pressure, or penis conditions.
- If you are having any type of surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you take Vardenafil.
- Tell your doctor if you have a history of having painful erections or erections lasting more than 4 hours.
- DO NOT drive or do any activities requiring clear vision and alertness until you are confident you can perform them safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
- DO NOT use this medication if you are taking a nitrate (eg, isosorbide, nitroglycerin) or nitroprusside.
- DO NOT use this medication if your doctor hs advised you to avoid sexual activity due to heart problems
- For an overdose, seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
Before taking any new medicine, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. This includes supplements and herbal products.
Dosage & Missed Dose
Vardenafil should only be taken as needed approximately 60 minutes prior to sexual intercourse. However, Vardenafil should not be taken more than one time per day. Doses should be taken at least 24 hours apart. The recommended single dose is 10-milligrams mg, per day (5-mg dose daily for men age 65 years and older).
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses or take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (preferably not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
For more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider, or you can visit this website, https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a603035.html for additional information from the manufacturer of this drug.
Overall Review of this Medication
Psych Central. (2016). Levitra. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 19, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/drugs/levitra/