Your Medication Vardenafil
Vardenafil is also known as the brand names: Levitra and Staxyn.
Vardenafil comes in 2.5, 5, 10 and 20 mg tablets.
It is most commonly taken for erectile dysfunction but can also be taken for Raynaud Phenomenon. No matter what your doctor has you taking it for, vardenafil is taken orally. For erectile dysfunction it is taken 1 hour prior to sexual activity. For Reynaud Phenomenon, it is taken twice daily.
Some common side effects of vardenafil are flushing and headaches.
Some less common side effects are dizziness, indigestion, nausea, back pain, flu-like symptoms and nasal congestion.
Do not take vardenafil if:
• You are already taking nitrates, nitric oxide donors, or guanylate cyclase stimulators.
While taking vardenafil, it is important to remember to tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
• You experience signs of an allergic reaction (wheezing, chest tightness, fever, itching, bad cough, blue skin color, or swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat)
• You have trouble speaking or thinking, a change in balance, or a change in eyesight.
• You start taking any new medications, vitamins or supplements
• Your condition does not improve or you develop new or worsening symptoms
It is important to contact your doctor if you have an erection lasting more than 4 hours.
The class of drugs that Levitra, Viagra, Stendra, and Cialis belong to are called PDE5 inhibitors. They work by relaxing tight blood vessels, allowing more blood to surge into the penis and cause an erection, says Gregory Bales, M.D., an associate professor of urology at the University of Chicago.
The little pills do the trick for more than two-thirds of men with Viagra protects the heart (ED). They also work for guys who simply need them for a short time to get their “confidence back,” says Michael Eisenberg, M.D., director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford University.