How it works
Levitra has a similar mode of action to other PDE5 inhibitors like Viagra and Cialis. It facilitates the easy flow of blood into penile chambers when the person is sexually stimulated.
Guidelines for usage
Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label.
Always use only as prescribed. Never exceed the dosage.
The maximum recommended dosage is once in 24 hours.
It is one of the fastest acting medications used for treating erectile dysfunction. But most doctors recommend using it at least 30 minutes prior to initiating sexual activity.
Levitra may be used with or without food. But we recommend that you avoid high fat meals because it tends to interfere with the absorption of the medication and may delay its effects.
NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.
Levitra is used as needed. It is not used according to a dosing schedule so you are unlikely to miss a dose.
How & where do I store Levitra?
The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.
Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.
Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.
Overdose Related Information
If you accidentally consume more medication than what was prescribed, then contact an emergency healthcare center immediately.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions
Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.
Ensure that you mention the following:
Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food
This will allow your healthcare provider to prescribe the apt dosage of the medication for you.
To be avoided
You must avoid using Levitra if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it or
You have a history of heart problems like angina or have recently suffered a stroke or heart attack
You have low or uncontrolled blood pressure
You have frequent seizures
You are on dialysis or have other kidney problems
You suffer from a condition called non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION)
You have peyronie’s disease or any other penile deformity
You are using other similar drugs like Viagra
You have blood cell disorders
Levitra is known to cause drowsiness or dizziness. Your vision may be blurred and your judgement affected if you consume alcohol with this medication. So, avoid using alcohol while using Levitra.
These effects may also get aggravated due to hot weather or fever or severe exercise. So, be cautious when you stand up after a long time from a sitting or lying position. If you feel giddy then lie down immediately and seek medical help.
Possible Drug & Food Interactions
Certain prescription drugs or health supplements or even food items are known to interact with the effects of medications. Levitra is known to have possible interactions with the following medications.
Indinavir sulfate (Crixivan®) or ritonavir (Norvir®)
Nitrates in all forms
Itraconazole (such as Nizoral® or Sporanox®) or ketoconazole
Alpha Blockers like Flomax® (tamsulosin HCl), Minipress® (prazosin HCl), Hytrin® (terazosin HCl), Cardura® (doxazosin mesylate), Uroxatral® (alfuzosin HCl
If you have weak cardiac health or have a known history of cardiac problems then using Levitra increases the risk of a heart attack. If you experience nausea or a tingling in the arm while using Levitra then contact a doctor immediately. Do not use Levitra or initiate sexual activity again.
If you experience an erection that is painful and lasts for more than normal time, then contact a doctor immediately. It could be Priapism a condition that may cause permanent damage to the penis if left untreated.
Levitra does not protect or prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV (The virus that causes AIDS)
Report the following side effects to your doctor only if they become bothersome or do not stop on their own:
Indigestion, muscle aches, stuffy and runny nose and flushing
The following side effects require immediate medical attention. So report these to your doctor immediately.
Sudden loss of hearing or vision
Strong allergic reaction (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; memory loss; numbness of an arm or leg; prolonged, painful erection; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe back or muscle pain; severe or persistent dizziness; severe or persistent vision changes; sudden decrease or loss of hearing; sudden decrease or loss of vision in one or both eyes; sudden, severe headache or vomiting.)