- Age and physical health
- Physical nerve or blood vessel damage
- Hormonal imbalances
- Prescription or non-prescription medications
- Recreational drug use
- Physical or emotional stress
- Psychological disorders
- Any combination of the above
Most men can easily imagine how emotionally devastating this
condition can be. Partners, and even relationships, often suffer as
a result of erectile dysfunction as well. Because it so difficult
to uncover the underlying cause of the dysfunction, diagnosis is
often frustratingly slow.
Levitra allows men to restore confidence and intimacy in the
interim. It can be taken discreetly and begins working within 30
minutes of administration. Effects last longer than Viagra
; usually for about five
hours, compared to Viagra's average of four.
Levitra comes as a tablet or as an orally dissolving tablet.
Regular tablets can be taken with or without food and liquids. With
orally dissolving tablets, food and liquids should be avoided until
the tablet is completely gone.
For most men the medication begins working after 30 minutes, but
ideally it should be taken one hour prior to sexual activity to
ensure an erection firm enough for intercourse is achieved. When
sexual stimulation ceases, blood will drain from the penis like
normal until stimulation begins again.
Only one dose should be taken in a 24 hour period. Taking more than
the prescribed dose may result in dangerous side effects.
Depending on the underlying cause of the dysfunction, Levitra might
not be effective for all men. If desired effects are not achieved
with Levitra, speak to a physician about alternative options.
Not all patients are ideal prospects for Levitra use. It should be
used with caution in men suffering from certain health
- Angina or frequent chest pain
- Heart, liver or kidney disease
- History of heart attack or stroke
- Any vision or hearing disorders
- Blood cell or bleeding disorders
- Low or high blood pressure
- Physical abnormalities of the penis
- Penile implants
When taken in conjunction with nitrates, Levitra may cause
potentially life-threatening low blood pressure. Nitrates are
commonly found in medications used to treat chest pain, as well as
in the recreational drugs commonly known as "poppers" which contain
amyl nitrate and butyl nitrate.
This medication is for men only and will have no effect on women
other than the risk of serious side effects.
Avoid eating grapefruit while taking Levitra; it may interfere with
the medication and cause complications.
Most side effects associated with this medication are very mild and
pass quickly. Rarely, however, more serious side effects may occur
which warrant immediate medical attention:
- An erection lasting more than four hours
- Painful erections
- Loss or impairment of vision or hearing
- Rapid heartbeat or chest pain
- Fainting or convulsions
- Shortness of breath
Use of other erectile dysfunction treatments should be avoided
while taking this medication unless specifically instructed
otherwise by a physician.
Levitra may interact with other prescription medications and result
in severe side effects or reduced effectiveness. Consult a doctor
before mixing medications.
Even if Levitra or a similar medication works well, men suffering
from erectile dysfunction should work with a physician towards
diagnosing and resolving the issue. Erectile dysfunction may be a
symptom of a more dangerous underlying condition.