Is Levitra The Right Treatment For You?

There are a triumvirate of drugs commonly used to counter the effects of erectile dysfunction (ED), Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. All of them require you to have a consultation with a doctor to make sure that they are suitable for you. All three are only available on prescription.

Erectile Dysfunction

In August 2003, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved Levitra (with the active ingredient vardenafil) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Levitra was the second ED drug (after Viagra) to receive FDA approval, and just ahead of Cialis.


While Levitra is more commonly used by older men, it will benefit younger men too. Men of all ages may have difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection for a variety of reasons. While Levitra is not a cure for ED, it will, in most men, temporarily alleviate the effects of ED. The drug works by increasing blood flow to the penis which has the result that, when stimulated through sexual arousal, the penis will achieve and maintain an erection sufficient to allow for sexual intercourse, ejaculation, and sexual satisfaction. The effects are quite marked, and demonstrates that while the drug is safe when used correctly and by a suitable recipient, it is also strong: Levitra is a powerful drug and is certainly not for everyone.

While the following is a guide, it is no substitute for seeking medical advice from your GP or doctor.

Men who take any medicine containing nitrates should not take Levitra. This is because it could result in a loss of blood pressure which could have unforeseen and unpleasant effects, and even result in bringing on a serious medical condition. Nitrates can be found in some recreational drugs, such as Poppers (Amyl Nitrate). In fact you should never take Levitra with other recreational drugs and/or excess alcohol.

One of the myths that goes around from time-to-time, despite the professionals’ efforts to bust it, is that Levitra acts as an aphrodisiac. There is no clinical evidence that this is so. It will not increase your libido, heighten your desire or make you more attractive to women. It will simply allow greater blood flow to the penis and make the physical act of lovemaking more satisfactory for both the man and the woman. It will not work unless there is some form of sexual stimulation. If you believe Oysters can increase your desire, then by all means slip one down your throat along with the Levitra pill, but the pill should never be taken in conjunction with other ED drugs such as Viagra and Cialis. Nor should the dose prescribed by the Doctor be exceeded.

Levitra takes effect for most people within about forty-five minutes to one hour and its effects last for about four hours. Because a further pill cannot be taken until 24 hours have elapsed, then when to take the drug, and the period within which sexual activity will take place has to be carefully planned for. In other words, Levitra shouldn’t be taken except by men who are planning to have sex within a four hours of taking it.

As with the other ED drugs there are side effects that a man may experience. Many report no side effects and others, only mild effects which do not spoil or interfere with the sexual activity.

The most common side effects with some men who have taken Levitra have experienced are: headache, face and skin flushing, runny nose, blocked-up nose, upset stomach, and sneezing.

More serious side effects are rare, but it has been reported that these have included prolonged erections (lasting more than four hours) and sudden vision changes. Side effects of these magnitude should be reported to your doctor straight away.

However I should emphasise that no side effects are common, as are mild side effects. That is why Levitra remains a simple-to-take and popular counter to the effects of ED.