LEVITRA (Vardenafil HCI)

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Levitra Vardenafil

Levitra (Vardenafil HCI) is an FDA-approved oral prescription medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. Levitra works in the same way by blocking the enzyme called phosphodiesterase-5 or PDE5. By blocking this enzyme the muscles in the penis can relax which allows for more blood flow and with the proper sexual stimulation can lead to an erection.

It was developed by Glaxo and Bayer as a rival to Viagra. Levitra was submitted to the FDA for approval in September of 2001. The product received full release approval in August 2003 for USA.

Levitra has been clinically shown to improve erectile function even in men who had other health factors, like diabetes or prostate surgery.

Reliability rates for Levitra are 90 percent for most men taking the drug for the first time and on successive occasions. Levitra is effective for up to 4 hours longer than Viagra, and lasts about 6 to 8 hours.

Levitra comes in pills of dose size 20 mg

How to take

This medicine comes with a patient information leaflet that should be read carefully. Levitra is taken by mouth 25 - 60 minutes before sexual activity or as directed by your doctor.

DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE more often than once daily as needed. If you are taking certain other medicines you may only be able to take this medicine one time every three days. Contact your doctor or pharmacist for more information. This medicine may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. However, taking this medicine with a high-fat meal may reduce the amount of medicine that your body absorbs. AVOID EATING GRAPEFRUIT OR DRINKING GRAPEFRUIT JUICE while being treated with this medicine unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

Side Effects

Side effects that may occur while taking this medicine are similar to the side effects of Viagra or Cialis. See information on How To Lessen the Side Effects.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, unusual swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.

Storage

Store Levitra at room temperature 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted.

FACT: Generic works exactly the same as brand.


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Sources: US Food and Drug Association (http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/levitra/default.htm)