What You Need to Know before Taking Levitra
Erectile dysfunction is a condition that affects a lot of men, but thankfully it is easily treated nowadays with the help of several medications which are readily available on the market. Levitra is, along with better known Viagra and Cialis, one of the top drugs used in the UK to treat ED.
Levitra is produced by Bayer in most Western markets including the UK. However, the same medication is sold under the name Vivanza in Italy and as a soluble tablet named Staxyn in India. This latter one is said to be making its way into North American pharmacies soon under the name Levitra Soft.
The main component of Levitra is vardenafil. This substance works both like a PDE5 inhibitor and vasodilator — a substance that relaxes the muscles of blood vessels and allows a better blood flow and circulation. Its molecular structure is fairly close to that of sildenafil, the main component of Viagra, though it is said to take effect a bit faster than its competitor.
Just like its competitors, Levitra treats the physical manifestations of erectile dysfunction. This means that the pills improve the blood flow to the male genital area to cause and maintain a firm erection, allowing these men to have more effective, comfortable and satisfying sex.
Levitra seems to be a bit of a controversial medication. Some users (in fact, more than 90%) report excellent results while taking the drug, while others none at all. This may be one of the reasons why Levitra struggles to keep up and compete with the popularity of the other top prescription medications for erectile dysfunction.
The drug is frequently prescribed to ED patients who also suffer from low testosterone, and it seems that those are the men that benefit the most from it. This is also the probable reason why bodybuilders use Levitra sometimes, as the boost in testosterone is perceived to improve the result of their workouts. However, the drug is approved in the UK only as an ED treatment and no other uses have been officially recommended.
The dosages of Levitra range between 5mg and 20mg. Treatment is usually started at 10mg and can be adjusted to either end of the spectrum depending on the patient’s experience with the initial dose. Levitra is taken “as needed”, but only one pill per day is recommended. It should be taken about 60 minutes before intercourse, with or without food. For the drug to start working, some degree of sexual stimulation is necessary.
Those who have used Levitra successfully for erectile dysfunction hail the drug both for its rapid action - some users got their erections in less than 20 minutes, long-lasting effect and the ability to have a few orgasms in one day.
Those who have had negative experiences seem to have been overwhelmed by adverse reactions and side effects. These reactions are said to be the same as with other similar drugs. The possible side effects of PDE5 inhibitors include dizziness, headaches, flushing and possible increases or drops in blood pressure. Nausea is also said to be a particularly known side effect for those who take Levitra.
Infrequent yet possible side effects of Levitra include stomach pain and discomfort, lower back pain and, in more severe cases, the possibility of a heart attack in individuals suffering from heart disease.
Consequently, there are several warnings and precautions associated with Levitra. Men with cardiovascular diseases or blood pressure problems should avoid taking the drug, as well as those with liver, stomach, and vision-related conditions.
Those who have physical deformities in their genital area and/or suffer from emotional trauma should resolve such matters before starting treatment with Levitra, as these conditions, particularly the former, can be aggravated by the drug’s effects.
Levitra has also some known substance interactions. It is important to avoid alcohol consumption when taking Levitra, as the combination of the two can result in a sudden and severe blood pressure drop and other unpredictable reactions.
Individuals who are already taking any drug for blood pressure are not allowed to take Levitra as well as other PDE5 inhibitors. The same goes for men who are taking any nitrate drugs or medications for chest pain and heart problems.
Overall, patients should be completely honest about their current conditions and medical history when talking to a doctor about the possibility of taking Levitra, and they should follow instructions carefully in order to ensure the safety of the treatment.