Vivanza 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 Vivanza works
Vivanza will only work when you are sexually stimulated. It reduces the action of the natural chemical in your body which makes erections go away. VIVANZA allows an erection to last long enough for you to satisfactorily complete sexual activity.
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Do not take Vivanza
- If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to vardenafil or any of the other ingredients of Vivanza. 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 Vivanza 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 ketaconazole 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 Vivanza
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, Peyronie?s disease and cavernosal fibrosis
If you have an illness that can cause erections which won?t 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 anyother treatments for erection difficulties
If you experience sudden decrease or loss of vision, stop taking Vivanza and contact your doctor immediately
Vivanza 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
Vivanza 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 Vivanza could seriously affect your blood pressure. Talk to a doctor without taking Vivanza Medicine for the treatment of arrythmias, such as quinidine, procainamide, amiodarone or sotalolRitonavir or indinavir, medicines for HIV. Talk to a doctor without taking Vivanza 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 Vivanza with food and drink
You can take Vivanza 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 Vivanza. It can interfere with the usual effect of the medicine.
Alcoholic drink can make erection difficulties worse.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Vivanza is not for use by women.
Driving and using machines
Vivanza might make some people feel dizzy or affect their vision. If you feel dizzy, or if your vision is affected after taking Vivanza don?t drive or operate any tools or machines.
Always take Vivanza 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 Vivanza 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 Vivanza. Swallow one tablet with a glass of water
Don?t use Vivanza more than once a day.
Tell the doctor if you think Vivanza 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 Vivanza than you should
Men who take too much Vivanza may experience more side effects or may get severe back pain. If you take more Vivanza than you should, tell your doctor.
Like all medicines, Vivanza 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)
Feeling sick (nausea)
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
Effect in results of blood tests to check liver function
Increase in blood of a muscle enzyme (creatine phosphokinase)
Fast heart beat or pounding heart
Rare(affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000)
Increase pressure in the eye (glaucoma)
Prolonged or painful erections
Effects on the heart (such as angina)
Swelling inside the throat
Temporary loss of memory (such as transient global amnesia)
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.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Vivanza 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 Vivanza contains
- The active substance is vardenafil. Each tablet contains 20 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 Vivanza looks like and contents of the pack
Vivanza 20 mg film-coated tablets are orange with the BAYER cross on one side and the strength (20) 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
For any information about this medicine, please contact the local representative of the Marketing Authorisation Holder.
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