Levitra (Vardenafil)Brand Names: Levitra, Staxyn
Related Medications: Cialis, Stendra, Testim, Viagra
Nowadays, many men suffer from certain erectile problems, but the good news is that Levitra helps them fight these conditions. It belongs to PDE-5 inhibitors and acts by improving the blood flow into penile areas while being sexually stimulated, thus, allowing male patients to maintain and keep erections.
Doctors advise their patients to use this medicine orally 1 hour before their planned sexual intercourse. However, it’s allowed to take Levitra only once a day to avoid overdosing. The right dosage of men depends on their overall health condition, age and other important factors. They need to avoid eating fatty meals and drinking grapefruit juice when taking this medication because of increased side effects and reduced effectiveness. There are certain symptoms that indicate overdosing, such as abnormal vision, severe vomiting and muscle pain.
Some men may develop certain symptoms while taking Levitra, and the most widespread ones include:
To decrease a possible risk of lightheadedness and dizziness, it’s advisable to get up slowly from lying and sitting positions. Besides, patients should understand that sexual activities can put more strain on their hearts, so they need to be careful when taking Levitra if they have any pre-existing heart conditions. Once they notice such signs as fainting, arm pain and severe dizziness, men need to go to the hospital immediately. In very rare cases they may develop serious adverse effects, such as:
Before starting the intake of Levitra, men should inform their doctors if they have such health conditions as allergic reactions, heart problems, stroke, liver and kidney conditions, problems with their blood pressure, severe dehydration, penis diseases, eye issues, bleeding disorders and stomach ulcers. This medication can make patients feel dizzy and cause certain vision changes, so that they are not allowed to drive or do other things that require full alertness. They also need to avoid drinking alcohol, especially if they are old.
There are certain medications that shouldn’t be taken together with Levitra if users don’t want to end up with adverse effects and its reduced effectiveness. For example, they shouldn’t combine this medicine with riociguat, nitrates, pills to treat chest pain, recreational drugs, alpha-blockers, azole antifungals, macrolide antibiotics, rifampin, HIV protease inhibitors, MAO inhibitors and a few others. The most important thing is that the use of Levitra shouldn’t be combined with other meds taken to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension.