Vardenafil (Brand Name Levitra) is a prescription medication used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). It is in a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors.
Vardenafil works by increasing blood flow to the penis, which helps to produce and maintain an erection during sexual stimulation. In PAH, it works by relaxing the blood vessels in the lungs, which helps to reduce the workload on the heart and improve its ability to pump blood.
Common side effects
Common side effects of vardenafil include headache, flushing, stuffy or runny nose, indigestion, and back pain. More serious side effects can include sudden vision or hearing loss, chest pain, and an erection that lasts longer than four hours.
It’s important to take vardenafil exactly as prescribed by your doctor. It should not be taken with nitrates or medicines used to treat chest pain, as this can cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure. Additionally, vardenafil should not be taken with alpha-blockers, a type of medicine used to treat high blood pressure or enlarged prostate, as this can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure.
Before taking vardenafil, it’s important to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or medications you are taking to ensure it’s safe for you to use.
Levitra (Vardenafil) dosage
The usual recommended starting dose of vardenafil for the treatment of erectile dysfunction is 10 mg, taken orally, as needed, approximately 25 to 60 minutes before sexual activity. The maximum recommended dose is 20 mg.
The dose may be adjusted based on individual response and tolerability. Your doctor may recommend a lower starting dose of 5 mg in certain patients, such as those taking certain medications or with certain medical conditions.
For the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, the recommended starting dose is 2.5 mg taken orally, two times a day. The maximum recommended dose is 20 mg per day.
It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions and not exceed the recommended dose. Taking more vardenafil than prescribed can increase the risk of side effects and may not provide additional benefits.
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