What is Vardenafil?
Vardenafil is the generic name of the popular branded Erectile Dysfunction medicine called Levitra. It is also available in the same strengths and dosages as Levitra.
How does it work?
Vardenafil helps to dilate blood vessels in the penis, this ensures more blood is diverted to the penis allowing the user to maintain and sustain a full erection. Like the other medications in this class, vardenafil is a PDE-5 inhibitor.
How to take Vardenafil
Vardenafil should be taken with a whole glass of water ideally 30minutes before intercourse.
Vardenafil is available in various dosages, so it can be adjusted individually and doesn’t need to be broken up. A large meal might reduce or prolong the start of the effect of the medication, so this should be avoided when possible. Similarly, alcohol can have a negative effect on the efficacy of Vardenafil, so the consumption of large alcohol quantities is not recommended.
How long does Vardenafil last?
After the initial effect around 30 minutes after ingestion, Vardenafil will last at full capacity for up to five hours.
Vardenafil is available in THREE dosages and is adapted to the individual needs and circumstances of each patient.
The standard dosage of 10mg and is suitable for most men.
The maximum daily dose is 20 mg, this is to be taken only if the 10mg dosage has not been effective.
· Low strength dose (5mg): Recommended dosage for patients older than 65 or with higher risk of side effects.
· Standard strength dose (10mg): Suitable for most patients.
· High strength dose (20mg): for patients who did not have an adequate response to 10mg.
Precautions and Side-effects
Vardenafil should only be used after a consultation with a doctor as it can cause serious side-effects.
Vardenafil can lower the patient’s blood pressure, this can be compounded by the use of excess alcohol.
Otherwise light-headedness, fainting and heart palpitations are possible. Alcohol can also make it more difficult to achieve an erection.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice decrease the ability of the body to process the medication, this can increase the risk of dangerous side effects. All simultaneously used medications should be discussed with the doctor before first usage of Vardenafil, to avoid interactions.
For most patients Vardenafil is highly tolerable and side effects are infrequent or minimal.
All known side effects can be found in the patient leaflet for Vardenafil.