What is Levitra?
Levitra is a drug used to treat Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in men, or male impotence. It does this by relaxing the muscles in blood vessel walls and allowing increased flow of blood to certain parts of the body, in this case the penis. This is its main use, although it may also be taken for some other reasons not mentioned here. Read on to discover more about Levitra’s use for treating ED.
When is Levitra used?
It should be noted that Levitra is used primarily for treatment of Erectile Dysfunction, and that it is not a protection against any sexually transmitted diseases. It will not promote instantaneous erections, but is used as an aid to normal intercourse, augmenting sexual arousal by enabling the penis to maintain an erection for longer. Men who have difficulty getting an erection or maintaining it for the requisite length of time often experience relationship problems and depressions, and it is for individuals such as these that Levitra is most useful.
If you are taking Levitra you should not be taking any other of the numerous drugs used to treat impotence at the same time. Bear in mind also that although alcohol is often involved in setting the scene for sexual activity, this may increase the likelihood of experiencing one or more of the possible side effects of taking the drug.
How to use Levitra
Levitra is taken orally, and in accordance with instructions. Take it as and when required, rather than as a course of medication. You can take it with or without food about an hour before starting any sexual activity, but it should not be taken more than once a day and the individual doses should be kept at least 24 hours apart wherever possible.
As with many such drugs, the particular dosage of Levitra will be based on your medical condition and on your response to the treatment. Other medications that you may be taking will also be considered when deciding on the correct dosage.
The regular dosage is 10mg taken orally as and when required, and this can be increased to 20mg or reduced to 5mg depending on effectiveness and individual tolerance, after consultation with a healthcare professional. The maximum dosage you can take of Levitra is 20mg per day. Patients currently taking stable alpha blockers start on 5mg. In men aged 65 years and older, the initial dosage will again be 5mg once every day, taken an hour before sexual activity commences.
As with other drugs used to treat ED in men (such as Viagra), Levitra can have side effects such as allergic reactions including:
• Difficulty in breathing
• Swelling of the throat, face and lips.
If you experience a sudden loss of sight, feel a strong tingling in the chest area or suffer nausea or sweating as a result of taking the drug, inform your doctor immediately.
Other side effects (both severe and mild) can include:
• Irregular heartbeat
• Shortness of breath
• Excessive sweating
• A painful, long-lasting erection
• Stuffy nose
• An upset stomach
• Mild headaches
• Back pain.
If you suffer any of these then you should consult with your doctor immediately.
Certain other medicines when taken with Levitra can lead to a sudden drop in blood pressure that can prove dangerous. If you currently take a nitrate-based drug such as amyl nitrate or nitrite ‘poppers’, for instance, avoid also taking Levitra. Nitrate drugs are also often prescribed to alleviate heart and chest problems, so you’ll have to talk to your doctor about such potentially dangerous conflicts before considering taking Levitra.
In particular, avoid taking Levitra if you are also taking a similar drug such as Stendra, Viagra or Cialis, which are all used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension. As many of these medicines have alternative brand names, it is important to seek medical advice if you’re taking any medicine at all before starting to use Levitra in any dosage strength.
If you are currently taking antibiotics, an antifungal medicine, or are being treated for irregular heart rhythm, high blood pressure or HIV/AIDS, you will also need to be particularly aware of potentially serious conflicts when also taking Levitra.
Use during pregnancy, while driving or with alcohol
Levitra is not used to treat female patients, but is mainly for treatment of the Erectile Dysfunction condition in men, otherwise known as male impotence.
Drinking sensible amounts of alcohol while also taking Levitra should have no adverse effects. If you feel any dizziness then avoid driving, but otherwise this too is perfectly safe. See your doctor if you’re in any doubt.
When you take Levitra, also avoid drinking any grapefruit juice unless otherwise advised by your doctor, as this has been known to increase the risk of experiencing side effects.