How to use
Levitra (Vardenafil) is taken orally, with or without food, 30-60 minutes before sexual activity. It should not be taken more often than once every 24 hours. Levitra (Vardenafil) can help achieve an erection when sexual stimulation occurs. An erection will not occur just by taking a pill.
If you suspect an overdose of Levitra (Vardenafil), seek emergency medical attention or contact your local poison control center. Overdose symptoms may include back pain, muscle pain, or vision problems.
Levitra (Vardenafil) is only taken when needed, so you are unlikely to miss a dose.
Do not share Levitra (Vardenafil) with others, since they may have a problem that is not effectively treated by this drug. Use of this drug does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (e.g. HIV, Hepatitis B, Gonorrhea, Syphilis).
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F ( 15-30 degrees C ) away from light and moisture. KEEP THIS AND ALL MEDICATIONS OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed that the taking of this medication is safe, appropriate or effective for you.
Before using this drug inform your pharmacist or doctor of your medical history, including allergies and medical conditions.
If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a Levitra (Vardenafil) dose adjustment or special tests:
- Heart disease or heart rhythm problems
- A recent history (in the past 6 months) of a heart attack, angina (chest pain), or congestive heart failure
- A recent history of stroke or blood clots
- A personal or family history of "Long QT syndrome"
- High or low blood pressure
- Liver or kidney diseases (or if you are on dialysis)
- A blood cell disorder such as sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, or leukemia
- A bleeding disorder such as hemophilia
- A stomach ulcer
- Retinitis pigmentosa (an inherited condition of the eye)
- A physical deformity of the penis (such as Peyronie's disease)
If you have been told you should not have sexual intercourse for health reasons
Although Levitra (Vardenafil) is not for use in women, this medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. However, it is not known if Levitra (Vardenafil) passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. You may need a lower dose of this medication if you are older than 65. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Do not take this drug if you are taking:
- Alpha blockers such as alfuzosin (Uroxatral), doxazosin (Cardura), prazosin (Minipress), tamsulosin (Flomax), and terazosin (Hytrin)
- Nitrates such as isosorbide dinitrate (Isordril, Sorbitrate), isosorbide mononitrate (Imdur, ISMO), and nitroglycerin (Nitro-BID, Nitro-Dur, Nitroquick, Nitrostat, others).
- Nitrates come as tablets, sublingual (under the tongue) tablets, sprays, patches, pastes, and ointments.
Ask your doctor if you are not sure if any of your medications contain nitrates or you use street drugs containing nitrates such as amyl nitrate and butyl nitrate ('poppers') while taking vardenafil.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Be sure to mention any of the following:
- Amiodarone (Cordarone)
- Antifungals such as fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), and ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- Clarithromycin (Biaxin)
- Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune)
- Danazol (Danocrine)
- Delaviradine (Rescriptor)
- Diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac)
- Disopyramide (Norpace)
- Erythromycin (E.E.S. , E-Mycin, Erythrocin)
- Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem)
- Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
- HIV protease inhibitors such as indinavir (Crixivan) and ritonavir (Norvir)
- Isoniazid (INH, Nydrazid)
- Medications for high blood pressure or irregular heartbeat
- Metronidazole (Flagyl)
- Other medications or treatments for erectile dysfunction
- Nefazodone (Serzone)
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Procainamide (Procanbid, Pronestyl)
- Quinidine (Quinidex)
- Sotalol (Betapace)
- Troleandomycin (TAO)
- Verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan)
- Zafirlukast (Accolate).
Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effect.
Stop using Levitra (Vardenafil) and get emergency medical help if you experience a sudden loss of vision.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction:
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.
Call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following serious side effects of Levitra (Vardenafil) during sexual activity:
- Dizziness or nausea
- Pain, numbness, or tingling in the chest, arms, neck, or jaw
Equally call your doctor immediately and stop using Levitra (Vardenafil) if you experience any of these serious side effects:
- Sudden loss of vision
- Ringing in your ears or sudden loss of hearing
- Chest pain or heavy feeling or pain spreading to the arm or shoulder
- Nausea, sweating, generally feeling ill
- Irregular heartbeat
- Swelling of the hands, ankles or feet
- Shortness of breath
- Changes in vision
- Feeling light-headed or faint
- Erection that is painful or lasts 4 hours or longer
- Seizures (convulsions)
Less serious side effects may include:
- Warmth or redness in the face, neck, or chest
- Stuffy nose
- Memory problems
- Upset stomach
- Back pain
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.