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About Levitra

Levitra is the name under which the drug Vardenafil is marketed by Bayer Pharmaceuticals and GSK. It falls into the category of drugs called PDE5 inhibitors with Cialis and Viagra and is used for the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction. It is able to help men who are suffering from erectile problems by allowing them to achieve and to maintain and erection during sex. It is effective for a similar period of duration as Viagra.

How to use Levitra

Levitra is available in three different dosages. These are 5mg, 10mg and 20 mg. The tablets are round and orange. The recommended starting dose is 10 mg (this is roughly equivalent to a 50mg dose of Viagra). Levitra has to be taken at least 1 hour before any sexual activity and can only be taken once per day.

Possible Side Effects of Levitra

Most of the side effects that might be encountered when taking Levitra are mild. They are the same as a patient taking Viagra might experience. The most common are headache, flushing of the face and indigestion.

Rare side effects include: abdominal pain, back pain, photosensitivity, abnormal vision, eye pain, facial edema, palpitation, tachycardia, arthralgia, myalgia, rash, itch, and priapism.

In rare cases, the use of Vardenafil may result in penile tissue damage and permanent loss of potency. Sudden hearing loss has also been added to the list of rare side effects

Drug Interactions

Like Viagra, Levitra is not safe to take with any medicine that contains nitrates. This also included amyl nitrate (or poppers as they are more commonly known). Combined with Levitra nitrates can cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure, which can be fatal.