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Brand Name

Levitra

Common Name
vardenafil


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02250470 LEVITRA 10MG TABLET
02250489 LEVITRA 20MG TABLET
02250462 LEVITRA 5MG TABLET

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Vardenafil belongs to the class of medications called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors. It is used to treat erectile dysfunction (male impotence). It helps to achieve penile erection sufficient for sexual activity to occur. It does this by allowing a greater blood flow into the penis when a man taking the medication is sexually aroused. It works only with sexual stimulation and does not increase sexual desire.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use this medication?

The usual recommended dose is one 10 mg tablet taken as needed, at least 25 minutes before sexual activity. This medication has been shown to be effective within 15 minutes of taking the tablet, and lasts up to 10 hours later. As the amount of time vardenafil takes to work varies from person to person, starting sexual activity at different times after taking the tablet will determine the optimal time for sexual activity. It is not recommended to take more than one dose per day. Your doctor may recommend a dose as low as 5 mg or as high as 20 mg.

Vardenafil may be taken with or without food.

Because alcohol can make it more difficult to get an erection, do not drink large amounts of alcohol before sexual activity. Moderate amounts of alcohol (2 drinks for a 70 kg person) will not interfere with the medication.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take higher doses of this medication than prescribed by your doctor. Contact your doctor if you do take a higher dose of vardenafil than prescribed.

Keep this medication out of reach and sight of children. This medication should be stored at room temperature between 15°C and 30°C.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does this medication come in?

5 mg
Each orange, film-coated, round tablet, embossed with "BAYER" cross on one side and "5" on the other side, contains vardenafil hydrochloride equivalent to 5 mg of vardenafil. Nonmedicinal ingredients: anhydrous colloidal silica, crospovidone, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, red ferric oxide, titanium dioxide, and yellow ferric oxide.

10 mg
Each orange, film-coated, round tablet, embossed with "BAYER" cross on one side and "10" on the other side, contains vardenafil hydrochloride equivalent to 10 mg of vardenafil. Nonmedicinal ingredients: anhydrous colloidal silica, crospovidone, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, red ferric oxide, titanium dioxide, and yellow ferric oxide.

20 mg
Each orange, film-coated, round tablet, embossed with "BAYER" cross on one side and "20" on the other side, contains vardenafil hydrochloride equivalent to 20 mg of vardenafil. Nonmedicinal ingredients: anhydrous colloidal silica, crospovidone, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, red ferric oxide, titanium dioxide, and yellow ferric oxide.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to vardenafil or any ingredients of this medication
  • are taking (or have taken in the past 24 hours) any medication that contains nitrates (e.g., amyl nitrite "poppers," isosorbide mononitrate, isosorbide dinitrate, nitroglycerin)
  • are taking indinavir or ritonavir (for HIV infection)
  • are taking ketoconazole or itraconazole (for fungal infections)

Nitrates are found in medications that are used to treat angina (chest pain). If you are not sure if you are taking nitrates, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Nitrates must NOT be taken by anyone who is using vardenafil because they can cause your blood pressure to drop very low. This may cause dizziness, fainting, heart attack, or stroke.



 

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