Levitra has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). This new impotence drug is co-developed and co-promoted by GlaxoSmithKline plc. and Bayer, Levitra (pronounced Luh-VEE-trah) provides men with their first new viagra alternative in five years. In clinical trials, Levitra was shown to work quickly. More importantly, it was shown to improve the sexual response for the majority of men the first time they took it and it worked consistently over time.
Vardenafil comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It should be taken as needed about one hour before sexual activity. Some form of sexual stimulation is needed for an erection to occur with vardenafil.
Headache, flushing, stomach upset, nasal stuffiness, diarrhea and dizziness might occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history, including: allergies (especially drug allergies), penis conditions such as fibrosis/scarring (e.g., Peyronie's disease), history of painful/prolonged erection (priapism), sickle cell anemia, blood system cancers (such as leukemia or myeloma), eye problems (retina diseases), kidney or liver disease, bleeding disorders, active stomach ulcers, heart disease, stroke, very high or low blood pressure. Limit alcohol intake, as it may aggravate side effects of this drug. Since this drug may cause dizziness, caution is advised when performing tasks requiring alertness (e.g., driving). To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly. This drug is not to be used in women or children. The elderly may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, therefore caution is advised in this group.
Do not share this medication with others, since they may have a problem that is not effectively treated by this drug. Use of this drug does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (e.g., HIV, Hepatitis B, gonorrhea, syphilis).
If you take too much:
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include severe dizziness, fainting, or prolonged erection.
Store at controlled room temperature (59 to 86 degrees F). Keep in a tight, light-resistant container.