Levitra is a prescription medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Along with Viagra and Cialis, it is one of the most popular medications sold for the treatment of ED.
Who should take Levitra?
Some men are unable to gain an erection even when sexually stimulated. Levitra can help increase the flow of blood to the penis and help them get a strong erection.
Taking Levitra & the right dosage
Levitra comes in two different types.
One is a normal orange round shaped tablet which is available in dosages of 5mg, 10mg and 20mg.
The other is a orodispersible tablet which melts in the mouth.
The recommended starting dose is 10 mg. But if you experience side effects, you may want to start with 5mg.
You should strictly use only the prescribed dosage in a 24 hour period. Any extra dose may lead to severe health complications.
Store Levitra in a cool and dark place at room temperature. Do not store it in a place where it can get exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.
Keep it away from children and pets.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions
Using Levitra is not recommended if you have unstable angina or severe cardiac disease. Similarly, if you have recently had a stroke or a heart attack or have extremely low blood pressure, then using Levitra is not recommended.
Levitra is classed as a PDE5 inhibitor. Treatment with PDE5 inhibitors is not recommended if you have a penile deformity like peyronie’s disease.
If you use alpha blockers, or antifungals like ketoconazole and itraconazole (oral forms), have liver or kidney disease, have rare heart condition known as prolongation of the QT interval (long QT syndrome), retinitis pigmentosa, vision problems, blood cell problems like sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, or leukemia then you should consult your physician before using Levitra.
You should not use Levitra if you use nitrate based medications or riociguat (Adempas®), a guanylate cyclase stimulator.
Mention to your physician about any known allergies to medications and also about your medical history. Some supplements may also interact with Levitra. So, mention about any herbal or OTC supplement that you use.
The usual side effects are mild and do not require medical attention. They are headache, flushing, stuffy or runny nose, indigestion, upset stomach, dizziness, or back pain.
In rare cases, it can cause an erection that does not go away or it can cause a sudden loss of vision. .
You should see a doctor immediately if one of these side effects occur.