What is it and how is it used?
Levitra belongs to a group of medicines which are used to treat difficulties in getting or keeping an erection (erectile dysfunction).
About erection difficulties
At least one in ten men has trouble getting or keeping an erection at some time. There may be physical or psychological causes, or a mixture of both. Whatever the cause is, due to muscle and blood vessel changes not enough blood stays in the penis to make it hard and keep it hard.
How Levitra works
Levitra will only work when you are sexually stimulated. It reduces the action of the natural chemical in your body which makes erections go away. LEVITRA allows an erection to last long enough for you to satisfactorily complete sexual activity.
What do you have to consider before using it?
Do not take Levitra
- If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to vardenafil or any of the other ingredients of Levitra. See the ingredients in section 6. Signs of an allergic reaction include a rash, itching, swollen face or lips and shortness of breath.
- If you are taking medicines containing nitrates, such as glycerol trinitrate for angina, or nitric oxide donors , such as amyl nitrite. Taking these medicines with Levitra could seriously affect your blood pressure.
- If you are taking ritonavir or indinavir, medicines for HIV.
- If you are over 75 years of age and are taking ketoconazole or itraconazole, anti-fungal medicines.
- If you have a severe heart or liver problem.
- If you are having kidney dialysis.
- If you have recently had a stroke or heart attack.
- If you have or have had low blood pressure.
- If your family has a history of degenerative eye diseases (such as retinitis pigmentosa).
- If you have ever had a condition involving loss of vision due to damage to the optic nerve from insufficient blood supply known as non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION).
Take special care with Levitra If you have heart trouble. It may be risky for you to have sex. If you suffer from irregular heart beat cardiac arrythmia or inherited heart diseases affecting your electrocardiogram. If you have a physical condition affecting the shape of the penis. This includes conditions called angulation, Peyronies disease and cavernosal fibrosis. If you have an illness that can cause erections which wont go away priapism. These include sickle cell disease, multiple myeloma and leukaemia. If you have stomach ulcers also called gastric or peptic ulcers. If you have a bleeding disorder such as haemophilia. If you are using any other treatments for erection difficulties. If you experience sudden decrease or loss of vision, stop taking Levitra and contact your doctor immediately.
Levitra is for men of 18 years and over
It is not intended for use by women, children or men under 18.
Using other medicines Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using or have recently used any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. Levitra will usually be fine with most medicines. But some may cause problems, especially these Nitrates, medicines for angina, or nitric oxide donors, such as amyl nitrite. Taking these medicines with Levitra could seriously affect your blood pressure. Talk to a doctor without taking Levitra. Medicine for the treatment of arrythmias, such as quinidine, procainamide, amiodarone or sotalol Ritonavir or indinavir, medicines for HIV. Talk to a doctor without taking Levitra. Ketoconazole or itraconazole, anti-fungal medicines Erythromycin or clarithromycin, macrolide antibiotics Alpha-blockers, a type of medicine used to treat high blood pressure and enlargement of the prostate as benign prostatic hyperplasia
Taking Levitra with food and drink
- You can take Levitra with or without food ? but preferably not after a heavy or high-fat meal as this may delay the effect.
- Don?t drink grapefruit juice when you use Levitra. It can interfere with the usual effect of the medicine.
- Alcoholic drink can make erection difficulties worse.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Levitra is not for use by women.
Driving and using machines
Levitra might make some people feel dizzy or affect their vision. If you feel dizzy, or if your vision is affected after taking Levitra don?t drive or operate any tools or machines.
How is it used?
Always take Levitra exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. The usual dose is 10 mg.
Take a Levitra tablet about 25 to 60 minutes before sexual activity. With sexual stimulation you may achieve an erection anywhere from 25 minutes up to four to five hours after taking Levitra. - Swallow one tablet with a glass of water
Don?t use Levitra more than once a day.
Tell the doctor if you think Levitra is too strong or too weak. He or she may suggest a different dose, depending on how well it works for you.
If you take more Levitra than you should
Men who take too much Levitra may experience more side effects or may get severe back pain. If you take more Levitra than you should, tell your doctor.
What are possible side effects?
Like all medicines, Levitra can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Most of the effects are mild or moderate. The chance of having a side effect is described by the following categories:
Very common(affects more than 1 user in 10)
Common affects 1 to 10 users in 100 Indigestion Feeling sick nausea Dizziness Blocked or runny nose
Uncommon affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000 Sensitivity of the skin to sunlight High or low blood pressure Back or muscle pain Effects on vision Bloodshot or watery eyes Rash Sleepiness Effect in results of blood tests to check liver function Increase in blood of a muscle enzyme creatine phosphokinase Breathlessness Fast heart beat or pounding heart Nose bleeds Facial swelling
Rare affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000 Fainting Muscle stiffness Increase pressure in the eye glaucoma Prolonged or painful erections Allergic reaction Effects on the heart such as angina Anxiety Swelling inside the throat Temporary loss of memory such as transient global amnesia Seizure
Partial, sudden, temporary or permanent decrease or loss of vision in one or both eyes has been experienced by patients.
Sudden decrease or loss of hearing has been reported.
If any of the side effects gets serious or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor.
How should it be stored?
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Levitra after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
What Levitra contains
- The active substance is vardenafil. Each tablet contains 10 mg of vardenafil (as hydrochloride trihydrate).
- The other ingredients of the tablets are: Tablet core: crospovidone, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, colloidal anhydrous silica. Film coat: macrogol 400, hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E171), ferric oxide yellow (E172), ferric oxide red (E172).
What Levitra looks like and contents of the pack
Levitra 10 mg film-coated tablets are orange with the BAYER cross on one side and the strength (10) on the other side. The tablets are provided in blister packs containing 2, 4, 8 or 12 tablets. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder: Bayer Schering Pharma AG, 13342 Berlin, Germany
Manufacturer: Bayer Schering Pharma AG, 51368 Leverkusen, Germany
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