Generic Name: vardenafil (var DEN a fil) Brand Names: Levitra
What is Levitra?
Levitra (vardenafil) is a phosphodiesterase inhibitor. It works by helping to relax muscles and increase blood flow into the penis during sexual stimulation. This helps men to achieve and maintain an erection.
Levitra is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence).
Levitra may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
How should I take Levitra?
Take Levitra exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Levitra can be taken with or without food.
Levitra is usually taken only when needed, about 60 minutes before sexual activity. The medication can help achieve an erection when sexual stimulation occurs. An erection will not occur just by taking a pill. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Do not take Levitra more than once a day. Allow 24 hours to pass between doses.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since Levitra is used as needed, you are not likely to be on a dosing schedule.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention, Overdose symptoms may include back pain, muscle pain, or vision problems.
What should I avoid while taking Levitra?
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of Levitra.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Levitra and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.
Do not use any other drug to treat impotence, such as alprostadil (Caverject, Muse, Edex) or yohimbine (Yocon, Yodoxin, others), unless your doctor tells you to.
If you have any questions about Levitra, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Levitra is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people. If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor. Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.