Levitra is one of the UK's most widely prescribed erectile dysfunction treatments. Levitra helps men maintain a firmer, harder erection for longer during sexual intercourse. It's effects can last for up to 4 hours.
Levitra for Erectile Dysfunction
Levitra is used to improve the performance of men with Erectile Dysfunction. By relaxing the blood vessels in the two main chambers of the penis, the medicine allows an increase of blood flow to be made possible. This means that men are helped to achieve successful erections.
Levitra dosage and strengths
Levitra comes in three different strengths here at Medicine Direct. Doctors will advise you to take the weakest effective strength possible, although in some cases stronger doses up to 20mg are necessary.
5mg is the usual starting dose of Levitra in those below the age of 65 years. It will be increased by your doctor or pharmacist if it is not fully effective.
Most men find 10mg to be the optimum strength of Levitra. It needs to be taken 25-60 minutes prior to sexual activity.
This is the maximum strength dose of Levitra taken by patients. It is normally more popular with those above 65 years of age. The maximum dose per day is once.
How should Levitra be taken?
Levitra can be taken before or after eating. It is administered orally with a glass of water. It should be taken approximately 60 minutes before expected sexual activity. An erection should then be achieved upon stimulation. You should only take the medicine once per day.
Do not consume any Levitra tablets if you have a known allergy to vardeanafil.
- Erectile Dysfunction
The average dose is 10mg per day. The maximum is 20mg for those over 65 or for patients who have not have successful results with lower strengths. It should not be used for those under the age of 18.
Do no drink or eat grapefruit products as this is believed to weaken the effect of the medicine. Moreover, you should avoid eating big or fatty meals before taking Levitra as this can cause a delay in it working.
Please note that if Levitra is taken alongside some other certain medicines it can cause a sudden decrease in blood pressure. Speak to your doctor if you need advice on whether any of your medication could cause this effect. Some medicine which may effect the use of Levitra are:
- Any other drugs already being used for erectile dysfunction
- Antifungal treatments
- High blood pressure medicine
- Heart rhythm medicine
- Medication being used to treat HIV or AIDS
- Take any nitrate medication
To make sure it is safe for you to take Levitra, you should also let your doctor know if you have:
- Heart rhythm or disease
- History of heart attack, stroke or heart failure
- History both personal and family or Long QT syndrome
- Low or high blood pressure
- Disease of the kidney or liver
- Blood cell disorder
- Stomach ulcer
- Difficulty with your vision or hearing
- A physical penis deformity or if you have been advised for health reasons to not have sexual intercourse
Possible Side Effects of Levitra:
Every medicine comes with potential side effects. However, it is uncommon to experience any side effect, with only a minority reporting feeling any symptoms. If you think you are suffering from side effects of Levitra and are worried, contact your doctor or pharmacist. If the side effects are more severe seek medical help immediately. One of the most important instances that you should get emergency medical aid is if you have sudden vision loss.
If you experience a prolonged erection for more than 4 hours or if an erection is painful, please contact your doctor or seek other medical attention. If, during sexual activity, you begin to feel dizzy, numb, experience pain, of feel a tingling sensation in your chest, arms, neck and jaw you must call your doctor straight away as this may be the symptoms of a serious side effect.
Common Side Effects
- Experiencing a warm, flushing, tingling feeling
- Cold symptoms such as a blocked nose
- Pain in the lower or upper back
Uncommon Side Effects (Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following)
- Vision changes
- Tetanus (ringing in the ears or a loss of hearing)
- Symptoms of a heart attack such as pain or pressure in the chest, pain spreading to your jaw and shoulder, nausea and an increase in sweating
- Heartbeat becomes irregular
- Extremities such as your hands, ankles and feet swelling
- Becoming short of breath or experience difficulty breathing
- Begin to feel light-headed to the extent you may faint
- An erection that is causing you pain or lasting 4 hours or more
Please note that this list is not exhaustive. For a more extensive list please see the leaflet inside the medication box.
In rare cases patients taking Levitra can suffer from a severe allergic reaction to the medicine. If you experience any of the warning symptoms you MUST contact an emergency service such as 111 or 999 immediately. The signs of a severe allergic reaction are:
- Developing a skin rash which is itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling
- Your chest or throat feeling tight. This can also be displayed through wheezing.
- Experiencing difficulty in breathing or talking
- Your facial extremities become swollen i.e. you mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat.
How can I buy Levitra online in the UK?
If you are a valid UK citizen and have a prescription from a doctor, you will be able to purchase Levitra online in the UK with us, Medicine Direct. If you do not yet have a prescription for Levitra, you can fill in one of our health questionnaires which will be reviewed by one of our doctors. After assessing your answers, the doctors will then prescribe you the medicine if they deem it appropriate to do so.
What is Levitra used for?
Levitra is used to treat erectile dysfunction by relaxing the blood vessels in your penis to allow the blood to flow to it much easier. Men can expect to be able to achieve and maintain an erection for the duration of sex.
Can you drink alcohol whilst taking Levitra?
If you drink alcohol, it may increase your risk of side effects. It may also make the effect of the medicine less successful as alcohol is known to make erectile problems worse.
How long does Levitra take to start working?
You should take Levitra 60 minutes before any anticipated sexual activity. If you have eaten a large or fatty meal, it may take longer for the medicine to begin working. Erections must be then stimulated after taking the medicine to be achieved.
How long does the effects of Levitra last after taking it?
Levitra will allow you to have a maintained erection for the duration of your sexual activity and possibly a few hours after. If it remains for any longer than 4 hours you should contact your doctor.
Can Levitra lower your blood pressure?
As one of the side effects, Levitra, like other erectile dysfunction medicines can lower your blood pressure. Therefore, if you already suffer from low blood pressure you should not take this drug. It can also be lowered further with combined with other medicines. Check with your doctor if you are concerned and they will be able to tell you if your other medicine and blood pressure is safe for using Levitra.
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