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Levitra

This page contains drug information on Levitra.
The information provided includes the following:

  • what is Levitra
  • the possible side effects of Levitra
  • what happens if you miss a dose of Levitra
  • what happens if you overdose with Levitra
  • the most important information about Levitra
  • how to use Levitra
  • other drugs that may affect Levitra
  • what to avoid while using Levitra

 

 
 

Generic Name: vardenafil (var DEH na fil)
Brand Names: Levitra


 
What is the most important information I should know about vardenafil?
A small number of patients have lost eyesight in one eye after taking vardenafil. This type of vision loss is called non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION). NAION causes a sudden loss of eyesight because blood flow is blocked to the optic nerve. It is not clear at this time if vardenafil causes NAION. NAION also happens in patients who do not take this medicine. People who have a higher chance for NAION include those who:
       · have heart disease;
       · are over 50 years old;
       · have diabetes;
       · have high blood pressure;
       · have high cholesterol;
       · smoke; or
       · have certain eye problems.
Stop using vardenafil if you have any loss in your eyesight and seek medical help right away.
Do not take vardenafil if you are taking any of the following medicines:
       · a nitrate such as nitroglycerin (Nitrostat, Nitrolingual, Nitro-Dur, Nitro-Bid, Minitran, Deponit, Transderm-Nitro, others), isosorbide dinitrate (Dilatrate-SR, Isordil, Sorbitrate), isosorbide mononitrate (Imdur, ISMO, Monoket), and others;
       · a recreational drug such as amyl nitrate or nitrite ("poppers"); or
       · an alpha blocker such as doxazosin (Cardura), guanadrel (Hylorel), prazosin (Minipress), terazosin (Hytrin), alfuzosin (Uroxatral), tamsulosin (Flomax), and others.
Taking vardenafil with any of these medications may cause very low blood pressure, possibly resulting in dizziness, fainting, stroke, or heart attack
Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention for any erection that lasts longer than 4 hours. A sustained erection can damage the penis.
Refrain from further sexual activity and notify your doctor it you develop dizziness, nausea, or angina (pain, tightness, discomfort, numbness, or tingling in the chest, arms, neck, or jaw) during sexual activity.
Do not take vardenafil more than once a day. In some cases, use of vardenafil may be restricted to once every 72 hours (3 days). Follow your doctor's instructions.
 

What is vardenafil?
Vardenafil relaxes muscles within the penis. This allows increased blood flow into the penis which is necessary to achieve and maintain an erection.
Vardenafil is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence).
Vardenafil may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
 

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking vardenafil?
A small number of patients have lost eyesight in one eye after taking vardenafil. This type of vision loss is called non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION). NAION causes a sudden loss of eyesight because blood flow is blocked to the optic nerve. It is not clear at this time if vardenafil causes NAION. NAION also happens in patients who do not take this medicine. People who have a higher chance for NAION include those who:
       · have heart disease;
       · are over 50 years old;
       · have diabetes;
       · have high blood pressure;
       · have high cholesterol;
       · smoke; or
       · have certain eye problems.
Stop using vardenafil if you have any loss in your eyesight and seek medical help right away.
Do not take vardenafil if you are taking any of the following medicines:
       · a nitrate such as nitroglycerin (Nitrostat, Nitrolingual, Nitro-Dur, Nitro-Bid, Minitran, Deponit, Transderm-Nitro, others), isosorbide dinitrate (Dilatrate-SR, Isordil, Sorbitrate), isosorbide mononitrate (Imdur, ISMO, Monoket), and others;
       · a recreational drug such as amyl nitrate or nitrite ("poppers"); or
       · an alpha blocker such as doxazosin (Cardura), guanadrel (Hylorel), prazosin (Minipress), terazosin (Hytrin), alfuzosin (Uroxatral), tamsulosin (Flomax), and others.
Taking vardenafil with any of these medications may cause very low blood pressure, possibly resulting in dizziness, fainting, stroke, or heart attack
Before taking vardenafil, tell your doctor if you
       · currently have or have ever had a heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeats, angina (chest pain), or congestive heart failure;
       · have high or low blood pressure;
       · have a personal or family history of a rare heart condition known as prolongation of the QT interval (long QT syndrome);
       · have liver problems;
       · have kidney problems;
       · have ever had blood problems, including sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, or leukemia;
       · have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
       · have a stomach ulcer;
       · a family history of degenerative eye disease (e.g., retinitis pigmentosa); or
       · have a physical deformity of the penis such as Peyronie's disease.
You may not be able to take vardenafil, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Although vardenafil is not indicated for use by women, it is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that vardenafil is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Vardenafil should not be taken by women.
It is not known whether vardenafil passes into breast milk. Vardenafil should not be taken by women.
If you are over 65 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from vardenafil. Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of the medication.
 

How should I take vardenafil?
Take vardenafil exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Vardenafil can be taken with or without food.
Vardenafil is usually taken when needed. Generally, it is taken about 1 hour before sexual activity. The medication can help achieve an erection when sexual stimulation occurs. An erection will not occur just by taking a pill. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Vardenafil should not be taken with grapefruit or grapefruit juice. Vardenafil can interact with grapefruit and grapefruit juice, and the interaction may have dangerous effects. You should discuss the use of grapefruit and grapefruit juice with your doctor.
Do not take vardenafil more than once a day. In some cases, use of vardenafil may be restricted to once every 72 hours (3 days). Follow your doctor's instructions.
If you develop dizziness, nausea, or angina (pain, tightness, discomfort, numbness, or tingling in the chest, arms, neck, or jaw) during sexual activity, refrain from further sexual activity and notify your doctor.
Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention for any erection that lasts longer than 4 hours. A sustained erection can damage the penis.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
 

What happens if I miss a dose?
Vardenafil is used as needed, so you are not likely to miss a dose.
 

What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.
Symptoms of a vardenafil overdose are not known, but are likely to include chest pain, back pain, dizziness, an irregular heartbeat, abnormal vision, and swelling of the ankles or legs.
 

What should I avoid while taking vardenafil?
Do not take any other drug used to treat impotence, such as alprostadil (Caverject, Muse, Edex) or yohimbine (Yocon, Yodoxin, others), without first talking to your doctor.
Vardenafil should not be taken with grapefruit or grapefruit juice. Vardenafil can interact with grapefruit and grapefruit juice, and the interaction may have dangerous effects. You should discuss the use of grapefruit and grapefruit juice with your doctor.
 

What are the possible side effects of vardenafil?
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking vardenafil and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
       · an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
       · chest pain or an irregular heartbeats;
       · swelling of the ankles or legs;
       · shortness of breath;
       · prolonged or severe dizziness;
       · fainting;
       · a prolonged (lasting longer than 4 hours) or painful erection;
       · dizziness, nausea, or angina (pain, tightness, discomfort, numbness, or tingling in the chest, arms, neck, or jaw); or
       · back pain.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take vardenafil and talk to your doctor if you experience
       · flushing;
       · mild dizziness;
       · headache;
       · nasal congestion;
       · stomach upset;
       · sensitivity of the eyes to light; or
       · temporary blue tint in vision or other vision abnormalities.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
 

What other drugs will affect vardenafil?
Do not take vardenafil if you are taking any of the following medicines:
       · a nitrate such as nitroglycerin (Nitrostat, Nitrolingual, Nitro-Dur, Nitro-Bid, Minitran, Deponit, Transderm-Nitro, others), isosorbide dinitrate (Dilatrate-SR, Isordil, Sorbitrate), isosorbide mononitrate (Imdur, ISMO, Monoket), and others;
       · a recreational drug such as amyl nitrate or nitrite ("poppers"); or
       · an alpha blocker such as doxazosin (Cardura), guanadrel (Hylorel), prazosin (Minipress), terazosin (Hytrin), alfuzosin (Uroxatral), tamsulosin (Flomax), and others.
Taking vardenafil with any of these medications may cause very low blood pressure, possibly resulting in dizziness, fainting, stroke, or heart attack
Before taking vardenafil, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medications:
       · any other drug used to treat impotence, such as alprostadil (Caverject, Muse, Edex) or yohimbine (Yocon, Yodoxin, others);
       · the antibiotic drug erythromycin (E-Mycin, Eryc, Ery-Tab, others);
       · an antifungal medication such as itraconazole (Sporanox) or ketoconazole (Nizoral);
       · a medication used to treat irregular heartbeats such as quinidine (Quinaglute, Quinidex, Quin-Release), procainamide (Procan SR, Procanbid, Pronestyl), amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), or sotalol (Betapace, Sorine); or
       · the HIV medications indinavir (Crixivan) or ritonavir (Norvir).
You may not be able to take vardenafil, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with vardenafil or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.
 

Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has additional information about vardenafil written for health professionals that you may read.

 


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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