Levitra contains 10mg or 20mg of the active ingredient vardenafil, which is a PDE-5 inhibitor, and is used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED). It needs to be taken half an hour prior to intercourse. The effects of Levitra will last between 5 and 8 hours.
Levitra is a branded medication manufactured by Bayer.
4 tablet(s) - £40.00
8 tablet(s) - £70.00
12 tablet(s) - £85.00
4 tablet(s) - £41.00
8 tablet(s) - £79.00
12 tablet(s) - £109.00
Levitra is used for the treatment of ED. This is when you find it difficult to get and keep an erection.
Levitra can help you to get and keep an erection so you can have sex when you want to. You need to be sexually stimulated for Levitra to work effectively.
You can get Levitra in 10mg tablets or 20mg tablets.
It’s important to remember that Levitra will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You can avoid STIs by practising safe sex, including using condoms.
To take Levitra:
- swallow one 10mg or 20mg tablet with water 25 to 60 minutes before having sex
- you must be sexually stimulated for Levitra to work
- do not take more than one Levitra tablet each day
- you can take Levitra with or without food, but a high fat meal may make Levitra work slower
Do not drink lots of alcohol when taking Levitra as this can make Levitra less effective.
Do not drink grapefruit juice when taking Levitra.
If you take too much Levitra, get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible.
If you think you need a different dose of Levitra, you can message one of our doctors through your patient account for advice. Levitra is available in 10mg and 20mg tablets, so you can be prescribed a higher dose if you need it.
Levitra takes about 30 minutes to an hour to start working. You should take Levitra a minimum of 30 minutes before intercourse.
The effects of Levitra should last around 4 hours; this is similar to Viagra. You will not have an erection for this whole time, but you will be more responsive to sexual stimulation during this four-hour period. If your erection lasts for over four hours, seek medical attention. It is important to take Levitra at the right time so that you do not lose your erection during sex.
Levitra contains vardenafil, a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor.
Erections are caused by the blood vessels in the penis enlarging, increasing blood flow.
Levitra works to treat ED by reducing the action of a natural chemical in your body. This chemical usually makes the blood vessels in the penis get smaller.
By blocking that chemical, Levitra increases blood flow to your penis, making it easier to get and keep an erection during sex.
After taking Levitra, you can get an erection anywhere from 25 minutes up to 5 hours later. You must be sexually stimulated for Levitra to be effective.
Common side effects of Levitra include:
- blocked nose
Uncommon side effects of Levitra include:
- swelling of skin
- sleep problems
- visual disturbances
- ringing ears
- fast heartbeat
- stuffy nose
- prolonged erections
- muscle pain
- back pain
- abdominal pain
For a full list of the possible side effects of Levitra, please read the patient information leaflet.
If you experience any side effects when taking Levitra, please contact your doctor as soon as possible.
You can take Levitra if you’re an adult man with erection problems, such as erectile dysfunction.
Do not take Levitra if you:
- are a woman
- are allergic to any of the ingredients
- are taking certain other medications, such as nitrates or riociguat
- have a severe heart or liver problem
- are having kidney dialysis
- have ever had a stroke or heart attack
- have or have ever had low blood pressure
- have a family history of degenerative eye disease
- have ever had non arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION)
Our doctor may not prescribe Levitra if you:
- have heart problems
- have a condition that changes the shape of your penis
- get erections that do not go away (priapism)
- have stomach ulcers
- have a bleeding disorder
- are taking any other ED medication
For more information, please read the patient information leaflet. If you’re not sure whether you can take Levitra, get in touch with your doctor or a pharmacist.
Certain other medications can interact with Levitra and affect how it works. Tell your doctor if you’re taking, or have recently taken, any other medications. This includes those that you may have got without a prescription.
Some medications that can interact with Levitra include:
- nitrates or other medicines for angina
- amyl nitrite
- medicines for arrhythmias, such as quinidine, procainamide, amiodarone or sotalol
- medicines for HIV, such as Ritonavir or indinavir
- antifungal medicines, such as ketoconazole or itraconazole
- antibiotics, such as erythromycin or clarithromycin
- other treatments for ED
For more information, please read the patient information leaflet.
Alternative treatments to Levitra include:
There are a number of different treatments for ED. Some treatments are more effective for certain patients than for others.
If you want to try an alternative treatment to Levitra, you can message us through your patient account. One of our doctors can give you advice on an alternative ED treatment that is right for you.
Levitra and Cialis are two different types of erectile dysfunction medication. Both work by relaxing the blood vessels, and increasing blood flow to the penis. This, alongside sexual stimulation, helps to produce a strong erection. Different types of erectile dysfunction will work differently for different people.
The main difference between Levitra and Cialis is that Cialis lasts longer (up to 36 hours). Many men prefer to use Cialis because of this, and because it involves less planning.
However, the downside is that the side effects of Cialis will also last longer. Men who find the side effects of their erectile dysfunction medication unpleasant may not enjoy taking Cialis.
Dr Babak Ashrafi Clinical Lead for Service Expansion
Babak studied medicine at King’s College London and graduated in 2003, having also gained a bachelor’s degree in Physiology during his time there. He completed his general practice (GP) training in East London, where he worked for a number of years as a partner at a large inner-city GP practice. He completed the Royal College of GPs membership exam in 2007.Meet our doctors
Last reviewed: 17 Feb 2022
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