How to Use Levitra Properly


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Table of Contents


I. What is Levitra Used For?

II. How Does Levitra Work?

III. How to Take Levitra

IV. Possible Side Effects


What is Levitra Used For?

Levitra is commonly prescribed to assist in symptoms of erectile dysfunction (ED). ED is characterized by the inability to achieve and maintain an erection long enough to perform sexual intercourse. Around one out of ten men will experience ED at some point in their lifetime. ED most often occurs with age, but it is not a normal part of aging. ED can be caused by accompanying blood vessel conditions and may be a sign of other health problems.

Health conditions may lead to ED, but other less serious circumstances can lead to ED symptoms, like drinking too much alcohol, stress, fatigue, and relationship troubles. If a man fails to get an erection 20 percent of the time, treatment is unnecessary. If a man fails to get an erection 50 percent of the time, a prescription treatment may be needed. In this case, your doctor may prescribe medications like Levitra (vardenafil).

How Does Levitra Work?

Levitra is a phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitor. PDE 5 inhibitors are a class of medication that help promote blood vessel dilation. They function by inhibiting phosphodiesterase enzymes, which leads to increased blood flow. This leads to vasodilation and smooth muscle relaxation, meaning more blood can enter the penis and increase the chances for a successful erection.

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Levitra does not increase male sexual desire and does not cure erectile dysfunction. Erections will occur only if sexual stimulation is present. Users should also know that this drug does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases or prevent pregnancy. Your preferred contraception method should always be used to ensure safe sex. 

How to Take Levitra

Before starting a new medication, it is essential to talk with your doctor to understand how to take Levitra safely. You should be transparent with your doctor and let them know if you take any other medications or are allergic to ingredients in vardenafil. You should consider the following steps when taking Levitra: 

  • Your doctor will create your dosage based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and the other medications you are taking.
  • Take the medication by mouth as needed. It can be taken with or without food around one hour before sexual activity. Do not take this drug more than once a day.
  • When you want to use Levitra again, make sure you take it at least 24 hours after your previous dose.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking herbal products like St. John’s wort.
  • Do not take street drugs like amyl nitrate and butyl nitrate (poppers) while taking Levitra.
  • If you have prior heart problems, you should be cautious while performing sexual activities. Sex can put a strain on your heart; contact your doctor if you experience chest pain.
  • Levitra patients should avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice until their doctor says it is safe to do so. Grapefruit is known to possess compounds that may interact with the ingredients in Levitra.
  • If your condition does not improve, talk to your doctor.

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Possible Side Effects

As with every medication, there is a risk of side effects. New Levitra (vardenafil) patients must be aware of side effects to avoid possible medical complications. In most cases, side effects will dissipate over time, and many people do not have any unusual symptoms at all. Common side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Flushing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Dizziness
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision
  • Lightheadedness

If any of these symptoms grow worse over time, talk to your doctor or pharmacist for advice. If you experience the following side effects, you may want to get medical help:

  • Heart problems while having sex (fainting, severe dizziness, chest/jaw/left arm pain, or nausea)
  • Blindness in one or both eyes
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Temporary memory loss
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction (rash, trouble breathing, or swelling of the face)

The content in this article is intended for informational purposes only. This website does not provide medical advice. In all circumstances, you should always seek the advice of your physician and/or other qualified health professionals(s) for drug, medical condition, or treatment advice. The content provided on this website is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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