Vardenafil Tablets and Levitra Tablets - Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction
- Vardenafil Increases blood flow to the penis for a harder and more sustained erection
- Available in various dosages for individual needs
- Effective for up to 5 hours after ingestion
- Highly tolerable with minimal side effects
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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a frustrating condition for many men, but fortunately, there are effective treatments available. One such treatment is Vardenafil, which is a prescription medication used to treat ED. Vardenafil tablets are a generic version of the popular tablet Levitra, containing the same active ingredients and having the same effectiveness.
Vardenafil tablets work by increasing the blood flow to the penis, helping men achieve and maintain a full erection. Like other PDE-5 inhibitors such as Viagra and Cialis, Vardenafil inhibits the release of the chemical PDE-5, which breaks down the enzyme cGMP that relaxes the muscles in the penis and ends an erection, usually after orgasm. By blocking PDE-5, Vardenafil ensures that this process doesn't happen at the wrong time, resulting in a sustained and harder erection.
The Vardenafil tablets are available in tablet form and should be taken whole with a bit of water around 30 minutes before intercourse. It is available in various dosages, allowing it to be adjusted to each patient's individual needs. The standard dosage of 10mg is considered effective in most cases and should not be increased without prior medical consultation. The maximum daily dose is 20mg and can be taken as one tablet if a 10mg treatment is found to be ineffective.
It's important to note that a large meal or excessive alcohol consumption can reduce or prolong the onset of Vardenafil's effects. As such, it's recommended to avoid both when possible. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can also decrease the body's ability to process the medication, which increases the risk of dangerous side effects.
While Vardenafil tablets are generally well-tolerated, they can cause severe side effects in some people. Light-headedness, fainting, and heart palpitations are possible, especially if taken with large quantities of alcohol. Common side effects include headache, flushed face and chest, indigestion, nausea, and congestion. It's important to discuss any medication you're taking with your doctor before using Vardenafil to avoid any potential interactions.
If you're experiencing ED, Vardenafil could be an effective treatment option. As always, it's important to speak with your doctor to determine if it's right for you and to ensure you're taking it safely and effectively.
What are Levitra Tablets?
Levitra is a prescription treatment in tablet form for men with erection problems. Clinically proven and on the market since 2003, the medication is highly effective, yet available in low dose strengths, making it more suitable for those over the age of 50 as well as diabetic men. Therefore also reduces the chances of side effects.
Levitra takes effect after only 20 minutes and lasts for up to five hours. Levitra can help treat symptoms of erectile dysfunction, whether this concerns achieving an erection or maintaining it.
Unlike other erectile dysfunction treatments, this medication can even be taken after a meal, allowing for those spontaneous moments.
What are the benefits of Levitra?
Erectile problems are something that many men face at some point in their life. It is important to recognize that you are not dealing with it on your own. More than 50% of men over the age of 40 experience it at some point.
Are the symptoms caused by physical problems for example a restriction of the blood flow into the penis, Impotence can usually be treated with so-called PDE-5 inhibitors. One of the readily available substances from this drug class is Levitra:
- Fast acting, lasts for up to 5 hours
- Low standard dosage = lower risk of side effects
- Can be taken after a meal
- Ideal for men with certain existing conditions e.g. enlarged prostate or type 2 diabetes
Whilst one of the benefits is that it can be taken after food, an especially large meal with high-fat content mustn't be consumed as this may affect the efficacy of the Levitra tablets.
During your online consultation, you can tell our doctors about any pre-existing conditions you may have, and they will be able to ascertain whether Levitra is the correct medication for you to use.
How does Levitra work?
Levitra contains the active ingredient Vardenafil, a PDE-5 inhibitor. Like Viagra and Cialis, it is one of many ED (erectile dysfunction) treatments that work by increasing the blood flow to the penis. It achieves this by breaking down cGMP (a nucleotide released when aroused), which causes blood vessels in the penis to relax, allowing more blood in. This then leads to stronger and longer-lasting erections. Upon climax or the end of stimulation, cGMP is broken down and the blood flow returns to normal.
How do I take Levitra?
Levitra is relatively easy to use. It is advised not to chew or crush the tablets, they should be swallowed whole with some water. Patients should also avoid taking Levitra after consuming large amounts of alcohol as this may limit its efficacy, other usage instructions include:
How long does Levitra last?
Levitra tends to peak around 30 minutes after taking the pill. For some men, Levitra can last for up to 5 hours after ingestion.
What dosages of Levitra are available?
Levitra (vardenafil) tablets come in several low dosages. The one prescribed to you depends on your circumstances and medical history. For the majority of men, the standard dosage of Levitra 10mg is sufficient. However, men who have certain health conditions or take particular medications are normally prescribed a lower dosage.
– Recommended for men over 65, as well as those who have side effects.
– This is the standard dose.
– This will be issued should the standard dose prove ineffective.
What are some precautions and interactions to be aware of?
Levitra (vardenafil) can lower blood pressure and drinking alcohol may increase this effect – leading to light-headedness, fainting, and heart palpitations. Talk to your doctor about your alcohol consumption before taking Vardenafil. Alcohol can make it more difficult to achieve an erection, it is therefore recommended to always drink moderately.
Patients should also refrain from consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice whilst taking this medication. Grapefruit decreases the ability of your body to process vardenafil, meaning the drug will enter your bloodstream in a higher concentration, possibly increasing side effects.
For more information about the interactions, please be sure to download our patient leaflet, located at the bottom of the page. Go to the NHS resources site, which has a lot of valuable information about erectile dysfunction treatments.
Levitra Tablet Side Effects?
Many men who choose to buy Levitra tablets rarely experience any side effects and even if they do, they are quite minimal due to low doses. However, everyone is different, and it is always helpful to know of any adverse reactions.
More common side effects include muscle or backache, headaches, indigestion, flushed face/rosacea symptoms, nausea, and congestion.
Less common side effects include palpitations, stomach pain, insomnia, and abnormal vision.
As the body becomes accustomed to the treatment, there is a higher chance that these side effects will cease. For further details about the potential side effects of Levitra, please refer to the patient leaflet, which can be found near the bottom of this page.
Indications and dose
Erectile dysfunction for vardenafil
Erectile dysfunction (patients on alpha-blocker therapy)for vardenafil
By mouth using tablets
Contra-indications For vardenafil
Avoid if systolic blood pressure below 90 mmHg; hereditary degenerative retinal disorders; myocardial infarction; patients in whom vasodilation or sexual activity are inadvisable; previous history of non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy; recent stroke; unstable angina
Cautions for Vardenafil
Active peptic ulceration; anatomical deformation of the penis (e.g. angulation, cavernosal fibrosis, Peyronie’s disease); bleeding disorders; cardiovascular disease; elderly; left ventricular outflow obstruction; predisposition to priapism (e.g. in sickle-cell disease, multiple myeloma, or leukemia); susceptibility to prolongation of QT interval
Cautions, further information
For phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors, the prescription is potentially inappropriate (STOPP criteria) in severe heart failure characterized by hypotension i.e. systolic blood pressure less than 90 mmHg, or concurrent nitrate therapy for angina (risk of cardiovascular collapse).
Side-effects for vardenafil
Common or very common
Dizziness; flushing; gastrointestinal discomfort; headache; nasal congestion
Allergic oedema; angioedema; arrhythmias; back pain; diarrhoea; drowsiness; dry mouth; dyspnoea; eye discomfort; eye disorders; gastrointestinal disorders; malaise; muscle complaints; muscle tone increased; nausea; palpitations; sensation abnormal; sinus congestion; skin reactions; sleep disorder; tinnitus; vertigo; vision disorders; vomiting
Rare or very rare
Angina pectoris; anxiety; chest pain; conjunctivitis; haemorrhage; hypertension; hypotension; memory loss; myocardial infarction; photosensitivity reaction; priapism; seizure; syncope
Frequency not known
Haematospermia; optic neuropathy (discontinue if sudden visual impairment occurs); QT interval prolongation; sudden hearing loss
Hepatic impairment vardenafil
For film-coated tablets, the manufacturer advises caution in mild to moderate impairment; avoid severe impairment.
For orodispersible tablets, the manufacturer advises caution in mild impairment; avoid in moderate to severe impairment.
For film-coated tablets, the manufacturer advises initial dose reduction to 5 mg in mild to moderate impairment, increase according to response; max. 10 mg in moderate impairment.
For orodispersible tablets, the manufacturer advises an initial dose reduction to 5 mg using film-coated tablets in mild impairment, increasing according to the response.
Levitra® is not prescribable in NHS primary care for the treatment of erectile dysfunction except in men who meet the criteria listed in part XVIIIB of the Drug Tariff (Part XIb of the Northern Ireland Drug Tariff, Part 12 of the Scottish Drug Tariff). The prescription must be endorsed as ‘SLS’. For more information see Prices in the BNF, under How to use the BNF.
What is the difference between Levitra and Vardenafil?
Vardenafil is the branded version of Levitra. They both contain the same active ingredient; vardenafil and are medically the same. Vardenafil is available at a fraction of the cost.
How long does Vardenafil take to work?
Vardenafil and Levitra will take effect within 25-60 minutes after taking the tablet but will only give you an erection once aroused.
How long do the Effects of Vardenafil last?
Approximately 4-5 hours.
Can I eat and drink with Vardenafil/ Levitra?
Food can slow down the rate of absorption.
You can drink when taking Vardenafil/ Levitra but drinking alcohol can make it more difficult to get an erection.
What causes ED – Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by several factors and it is important to speak to your doctor if you have concerns. Here is a list of common causes of erectile dysfunction;
- high blood pressure
- low testosterone
What are the side effects of Sildenafil/Viagra?
- Nasal Congestion
A full list of side effects can be found on the NHS website. If you experience any of these, call 999 immediately.
Can I Buy Vardenafil or Levitra Tablets Online in the UK?
You are able to buy Levitra or Vardenafil Tablets in 20mg, 10mg, and 5mg strengths from UsMen Online, once your Online consultation form has been approved by our prescriber and a prescription, has been generated.