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Levitra (vardenafil) Uses, Side Effects, Dosage, Interactions Category: Mens Health by - October 1, 2011 | Views: 10124 | Likes: 0 | Comment: 0  

Levitra | vardenafil

Medication Class: Phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor, PDE-5 inhibitor
Manufacturer: Bayer Healthcare Corporation
Approval date: August 2003

 
What is Levitra and how does it work

Levitra increases blood flow to the penis (leading to improved erection) by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme called phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5).

What is Levitra used for

Impotence also known as erectile dysfunction (ED)

How effective is Levitra

  • Effective within 15-60 minutes and lasts up to 4 hours
  • Levitra 5, 10, and 20 mg improved erection in 65%, 75%, and 80% of patients, respectively. Only 52% of patients on placebo achieved improvement in erection.

What are interesting facts about Levitra

  • Effective in a broad range of patients with erectile dysfunction, including those with diabetes or have received prostatectomy.
  • Increased sensation may last up to 24 hours

Levitra dosage and administration

2.5-20 mg by mouth one hour before sexual activity. Do not use more than once daily.

What are the side effects of Levitra

Common: headache, flushing, runny or nose, dizziness, diarrhea, indigestion

Serious: Low blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, vision or hearing loss, seizures, sudden death, priapism, Non Arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION).

Levitra drug interactions

  • Other PDE5 inhibitors (Revatio, Viagra, Levitra)
  • Imdur (isosorbide mononitrate)
  • Isordil (isosorbide dinitrate)
  • Nitro-Dur, Transderm-Nitro (nitroglycerin)
  • Sporanox (itraconazole)
  • erythromycin
  • Nizoral (ketoconazole)
  • Tagamet (cimetidine)
  • HIV protease inhibitors (e.g, Norvir)
  • Victrelis (boceprivir)
  • Incivek (telaprivir)
  • alpha blockers (e.g., Hytrin, Cardura)

What is the cost of Levitra

$15.67 to 33.66 per tablet

References: Levitra FDA Prescribing Information and Medication Guide

 

This medication summary is for information only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider.

 

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