Levitra is a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction. Levitra is one brand name of a drug that also goes by the names of Staxyn and Vivanza (in India and Italy respectively). Soon, generic Levitra will be made available for doctors to prescribe to their patients.
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When erectile dysfunction is caused by a loss of blood flow to the penis, Levitra treats this dysfunction by relaxing the blood vessels in the penis and increasing the blood flow.
It is crucial to talk to your doctor before taking Levitra as this medication can interact with other medication taken for heart conditions and high blood pressure. Patients with a range of diseases such as liver disease, vision loss, and stomach ulcers are usually advised not to take Levitra. Also, Levitra can, in rare cases, cause side effects that include a loss of blood pressure throughout the body and vision problems. Whether you are taking branded or generic Levitra, consultation with a medical professional is a must.
Branded and generic drugs have the same active ingredients, and they will both be produced according to the same strict medical standards. However, generic drugs are almost always cheaper than branded drugs. When a drug is initially developed, a company has usually spent a significant amount of money to research and develop it. When they complete the product, they will take out a patent for the drug. That company has the exclusive right to develop, manufacture and sell the drug for a fixed period. No other companies are allowed to sell their versions of the drug during this period.
As a certain brand has exclusive rights to produce the drug, they will often sell it at an inflated price, motivated by the desire to recoup the money they spent in developing it. However, once the period has expired, a generic version of the drug will become available, and any company who wants to will be able to produce and sell it as long as they comply with strict health standards.
In short, generic Levitra is the same drug, but cheaper. It will be sold under a name other than ‘Levitra’ but it will contain the same active ingredient and be produced according to the same standards, as your branded Levitra tablets. The active ingredient of Levitra is vardenafil HCl. It has the effect of relaxing the blood vessels. The generic version of Levitra will contain the same amount of vardenafil HCl as Levitra. This is also the active ingredient of Viagra, another very popular type of erectile dysfunction medication.
Levitra also contains various other ingredients that are not active but that are used to make the drug into a complete medication, providing a vehicle for the vardenafil HCl and enabling you to ingest it. Some of the inactive ingredients (such as red and yellow ferric oxides) are used to give the Levitra tablets a distinctive colour. The generic version of Levitra may contain different types of inactive ingredients, in different quantities, but they will all be scrupulously tested for health and safety.