Vardenafil

Order Vardenafil (generic Levitra) for better erections

Vardenafil (brand name Levitra), has been used by many men to successfully treat ED and improve erections. Vardenafil tablets are available in a range of different doses.

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Dr Samantha Miller

Reviewed by Dr Samantha Miller MB ChB
(2017, University of Glasgow)
GMC number: 7561464

Information last reviewed 25/05/2021

About

What is Vardenafil?

Vardenafil is a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). It is a type of medicine known as a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor (PDE-5 inhibitor) and works by increasing blood flow to the penis when a man is sexually stimulated. Vardenafil does not increase sexual desire but helps him to achieve and maintain an erection for longer when he is sexually stimulated. This can help men who suffer from ED maintain an erection long enough for sexual activity to take place.

How long does Vardenafil last?

Vardenafil’s effects typically last for 4–5 hours.

How long does Vardenafil take to work?

Vardenafil usually takes around 25 minutes to become effective, however, in clinical studies, a third of patients achieved a satisfactory erection within just 15 minutes of taking vardenafil. For the best results, it should be taken between 25 and 60 minutes before sexual activity. The onset of effects may be delayed if it’s taken alongside a high-fat meal.

How effective is Vardenafil?

Vardenafil is an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction in 66–80% of patients. If Vardenafil does not seem to be an effective treatment for you, you can speak to a doctor about alternative options.

When is Vardenafil most effective?

Vardenafil can remain effective for up to 5 hours after administration. For best results, it should be taken between 25 and 60 minutes before engaging in sexual activity.

Is Vardenafil a cure?

The root cause of erectile dysfunction is often psychological and vardenafil is not a cure. It is an effective treatment and can often relieve some of the stress and anxiety associated with erectile dysfunction, which may in turn relieve some of the psychological triggers of the problem.

Vardenafil and psychological ED

The root cause of erectile dysfunction is often psychological and the condition is often exacerbated by the stress and anxiety associated with not being able to perform sexually. Vardenafil is an effective, short-term solution that can help relieve some of the worry, which in term may help you to relax and become more confident during sex. However, it is important to be aware that vardenafil can mask the root cause of the problem, and you should speak to a doctor about getting some psychological help if you think you might need it.

What if vardenafil doesn’t work for me?

If vardenafil does not work for you, speak to your doctor for advice on other treatments. Different erectile dysfunction treatments are more effective in different people, and you may need to try a few to find the best fit for you.

Ingredients

Active ingredients

The active ingredient in Vardenafil is vardenafil.

Inactive ingredients

The inactive ingredients in vardenafil are cellulose microcrystalline, crospovidone, silica colloidal anhydrous, aspartame (E951), titanium dioxide (E171), iron oxide red (E172), iron oxide yellow (E172), and magnesium stearate. 

Bear in mind that generic vardenafil is produced by several different manufacturers who may use different inactive ingredients. Always check the list of ingredients on the patient information leaflet that comes with your medication.

Dosage

Starting vardenafil

Always start taking vardenafil as instructed by a doctor or pharmacist. To begin with, a doctor will usually recommend a dose of 10mg taken no more than once daily. Check in with your doctor once you’ve started taking vardenafil, and they can discuss the possibility of increasing or decreasing your dosage if necessary.

How to take vardenafil?

Swallow one vardenafil tablet whole with water, around 25 to 60 minutes before sexual activity. Do not take more than your prescribed dose, or take more than one tablet per day, as taking too much vardenafil can increase the risk of side effects.

How to get an erection whilst taking vardenafil?

When taking vardenafil, you should try to enjoy sexual activity as normal. If taken 25 to 60 minutes before sexual activity, vardenafil will help you to achieve an erection when you are aroused.

Vardenafil dosage

The recommended dosage of vardenafil is 1 x 10mg tablet taken around 25 to 60 minutes before engaging in sexual activity, no more than once per day. Your doctor may choose to reduce your dose to 5mg, or increase it to 20mg if necessary. You should not adjust your dose without first speaking to a doctor.

Side Effects

Vardenafil side effects

Like all medications, vardenafil can cause side effects in some patients. If you experience any partial, sudden, temporary or permanent decrease or loss of vision or hearing, stop taking vardenafil and contact your doctor immediately. 

Roughly 1 in 10 users may experience headaches while using this medication. 

Other common side effects, which may affect up to 1 in 10 people, include:

  • Dizziness
  • Flushing
  • Blocked or runny nose
  • Indigestion

Uncommon side effects (up 1 in 100 users) include:

  • Swelling of the skin and mucous tissue including swollen face, lips or throat
  • Sleep disorder
  • Numbness and impaired perception of touch
  • Sleepiness
  • Effects on vision, redness of the eyes, effects on colour vision, eye pain or discomfort, and light sensitivity
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Vertigo
  • Fast or pounding heartbeat
  • Breathlessness
  • Congested nose
  • Acid reflux, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, or dry mouth
  • Raised level of liver enzymes in your blood
  • Rash or reddened skin
  • Back or muscle pain, increase of the muscle enzyme creatine phosphokinase in the blood, muscle stiffness
  • Prolonged erections
  • Malaise

Rarely (1 in 1000), users may experience the following:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Allergic reaction
  • Anxiety
  • Fainting
  • Amnesia
  • Seizure
  • Glaucoma (increased pressure inside the eye) 
  • Altered heartbeat, angina, heart attack
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Nose bleed
  • Changes to results of liver function blood tess
  • Photosensitivity
  • Painful erections
  • Chest pain

The following side effects are very rare (less than 1 in 10,000 users) or of an unknown frequency:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Penile bleeding
  • Blood in the semen
  • Sudden death
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack

Contraindications

Do NOT take vardenafil if you:

  • Are allergic to vardenafil or any of the other ingredients of this medication
  • Have severe heart or liver problems
  • Are having kidney dialysis
  • Have recently had a stroke or heart attack
  • Have or have had low blood pressure
  • Have a family history of degenerative eye diseases
  • Have ever had a condition involving loss of vision due to damage of the optic nerve from insufficient blood supply known as non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION)

You should inform your doctor and take particular care when taking vardenafil if you:

  • Have heart trouble
  • Suffer from an irregular heartbeat or inherited disease affecting your electrocardiogram
  • Have a physical condition affecting the shape of your penis
  • Have an illness that can cause erections that won’t go away, including sickle cell disease, multiple myeloma and leukaemia
  • Have stomach ulcers
  • Have haemophilia or any other bleeding disorder
  • Are using other treatments for erectile difficulties.

Drug interactions

Before taking Vardenafil, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medications, including those purchased over the counter without a prescription. 

Do NOT take Vardenafil in combination with the following without first consulting your doctor or pharmacist:

  • Any other treatment for erectile dysfunction
  • Medicines containing nitrates, such as glyceryl trinitrate for angina, or nitric oxide donors, such as amyl nitrate
  • “Poppers”
  • Ritonavir or indinavir for treatment of HIV infections
  • Ketoconazole or itraconazole (antifungal medications)
  • Riociguat, used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension
  • Medicine for the treatment of arrhythmias, such as quinidine, procainamide, amiodarone or sotalol
  • Erythromycin or clarithromycin
  • Alpha-blockers
  • Riociguat

Vardenafil and heavy machinery

Vardenafil can cause lightheadedness, dizziness or disruption to vision in some patients. If you experience any of these side effects, avoid driving or operating heavy machinery while taking this medication.

Vardenafil and alcohol

Alcohol doesn’t usually interfere with vardenafil, but it can make erectile dysfunction worse. In order to experience the full effects of vardenafil, try cutting down on the amount of alcohol you drink or avoid it altogether when using this medication.

Treatment Options

Vardenafil vs. orodispersible vardenafil

Vardenafil can be purchased in the form of film-coated tablets which are swallowed, or in the form of orodispersible tablets which dissolve in the mouth (sold under the name Levitra orodispersible). The tablets are available at a dose of 5, 10 and 20mg, whereas the orodispersible tablets are only available as 10mg. If you are taking the orodispersible tablets but need a higher or lower dose, you may need to switch to capsules.

Vardenafil vs other erectile dysfunction medications

You may need to try a few different erectile dysfunction treatments before finding the one which is right for you, and a doctor will be able to give you advice. Some people experience side effects of one treatment but have no problem with others. Vardenafil, tadalafil (Cialis) sildenafil (Viagra) and avanafil (Spedra) are similar medications that work by increasing blood flow to the penis when combined with sexual arousal. It can take a while to find which medication works best for you, but some of the key differences to consider are listed below:

  • Spedra is fast-acting, working in as little as 15 minutes. This makes it very helpful for men who want to have more spontaneous sex. However, Spedra is a bit more expensive as it is still under patent. 
  • Viagra Connect is available over the counter. Some men find this a more convenient option if the 50mg dose works for them. 
  • There is the option to take tadalafil (Cialis) as a low daily dose. This can suit men who want to have more spontaneous or more frequent sex. 
  • Levitra is available in an orodispersible form, which can help men who have difficulty swallowing tablets.

Lifestyle changes to improve erectile dysfunction

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, you can try making some lifestyle changes to help. The root cause of ED is often psychological, with stress and anxiety being major triggers. Where possible, try to reduce the impact of stress in your life by spending sociable time with friends and family, exercising regularly and practising relaxation techniques. Cutting down on alcohol and quitting smoking can also have an impact, improving your general health and well being and helping you to feel more energised. Anxiety can be further exacerbated by problems with sexual performance. Try speaking to your partner about your worries, and be open and honest about sex and sexual anxiety.

Are vardenafil and Viagra the same?

Vardenafil and Viagra (sildenafil) are different medicines, but they both belong to the same drug class (PDE-5 inhibitors) and work in very similar ways. Both can stay effective in the body for up to 5 hours.

What is generic Levitra?

Levitra is the brand name for the generic drug vardenafil. Both contain the active ingredient vardenafil and work in the same way, although vardenafil can be cheaper. Generic vardenafil became available to purchase in the UK in October 2018, but should only be purchased from a registered pharmacy or online pharmacy, such as Dr Felix, as unlicensed versions exist and can be dangerous

Q&A

Will vardenafil give me an erection for hours?

While Vardenafil can remain effective in the system for up to 5 hours, it only works in combination with sexual stimulation. It will only help to maintain and achieve an erection when engaging in sexual activity, and will not give you an erection for hours.

Can vardenafil be bought over the counter?

Vardenafil is a prescription-only medicine in the UK and cannot be legally purchased over the counter. The only ED medication available over the counter in the UK is 50mg tablets of Viagra Connect.

Can women take vardenafil?

Vardenafil is a treatment for erectile dysfunction and should be taken by men only. Do not take this medication if you are female.

Does Vardenafil increase libido?

Vardenafil will not increase your libido or cause you to become sexually stimulated. It only works in combination with sexual stimulation, when it increases blood flow to the penis and helps a man to achieve and maintain an erection.

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