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Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Levitra Dosage Guide — Essential Information Before Taking

by Mr William Obeng

After researching what Levitra is and how it works, and after you’ve discussed with your doctor that it is the right medication for your needs, you will need to choose the right dosage.

Finding the right dosage for Levitra is very important. Get it right, and you increase the chances of the medication proving an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED). Get it wrong, however, and the possibility of experiencing unwanted side effects increases.

From an overview of the different prescriptions available to how often you can take a tablet, we’ve covered everything that you need to know about getting the dosage that you need.


How many different dosages of Levitra are there?

Levitra is prescribed in tablets of four specific dosages:

  • 2.5mg
  • 5mg
  • 10mg
  • 20mg

The majority of men when taking Levitra for the first time will be prescribed 10mg tablets. In some cases, usually if you have a history of heart disease or liver problems, you might be prescribed 2.5mg or 5mg tablets of Levitra.

Likewise, if you find that the 10mg dosage is not effective, after consultation with a doctor, some men will be prescribed 20mg of Levitra.

At The Independent Pharmacy you can buy Levitra in all its dosages.


How to use Levitra

Levitra tablets are taken orally. You can take the medication with or without food and for the best results, you should swallow the prescribed tablet one hour before want to engage in sexual activity.

If you do take Levitra with food, avoid eating or drinking anything that contains grapefruit; the fruit drastically decreases your gut’s ability to process Levitra and reduces the potency of the medication. It’s also important to note that prescribed doses should be taken at least 24 hours apart.

In summary, when taking Levitra, you should:

  • Swallow tablets orally with a glass of water
  • Consume with or without food
  • Avoid taking with grapefruit
  • Take only one tablet of the prescribed dose every 24 hours


What is the recommended dosage of Levitra?

For occasional use, most doctors will recommend taking a 10mg tablet of Levitra. As long as you take the medication one hour before engaging in sexual activity, a 10mg dosage of Levitra is powerful enough to have the desired effect for an average man.

For instance, if you are planning on having sex once or twice a week, 10mg of Levitra will typically be enough for you to achieve a harder, longer-lasting erection, allowing you to enjoy the experience.

That said, if you are over the age of 65 or you have a history of heart disease, your doctor may recommend a prescription of 2.5mg or 5mg tablets. Equally, if 10mg of Levitra is not having the desired effect, your doctor may recommend upping the dosage to 20mg.

For this reason, the specific dosage that you require will depend on several key factors, including your general health and the other types (if any) of medication you are taking.


Storing and handling Levitra

Because Levitra is a prescription medicine, it’s important to store and handle the drug correctly and safely. As a result, you should store Levitra in its original packaging, rather than a dedicated pillbox, at room temperature and in a dry location, and out of the reach of children and pets.

Do not use Levitra after the expiry date on the packaging and be careful not to flush the drug down the toilet, sink or throw tablets out with your household rubbish.


Using Levitra with food

Levitra is safe to take with or without food. Despite this, Levitra is a medication that is taken orally. This means your body’s ability to digest the tablet will be affected by what you eat.

For example, if you have eaten a large quantity of food, you may find that your system takes longer than expected to digest the Levitra tablet. In this case, you may find that 10mg of Levitra (the most commonly prescribed dosage) does not produce the results you expect.

When you receive a prescription of Levitra, you will also be provided with detailed instructions about how and when to take your tablets. Following this advice will ensure you enjoy the best possible results and your system is primed to process Levitra tablets for maximum effectiveness.

You can also take a look at our Levitra reviews from customers to compare how real users have fitted taking the medication into their everyday lives.


The difference in Levitra dosages compared to Viagra

Levitra contains an active ingredient called Vardenafil. Viagra contains a different active ingredient, Sildenafil. Although both ingredients provide similar results — harder and longer-lasting erections for men with ED issues — they are made up of different chemicals, which can affect how they work.

The most common dosages for Viagra are 50mg and 100mg. As outlined above, the most common dosages of Levitra are 10mg and 20mg, with smaller dosages of 2.5mg and 5mg available to men over the age of 65 and for people with heart or liver problems.

You can read more about Levitra vs. Viagra here.


Taking bigger dosages of the Levitra than prescribed

It is not advisable to take bigger dosages of Levitra than prescribed. You should also avoid taking more than one prescribed tablets within any 24-hour period.

In circumstances where the prescribed dosage of Levitra is not working, you should always ask your doctor before considering a higher dosage. If you are taking 2.5mg or 5mg tablets, for example, it is likely that your doctor will be able to prescribe 10mg tablets to help treat ED issues.

The maximum dosage of Levitra is 20mg. It is highly recommended that you do not exceed this dosage. Doing so will increase the likelihood of experiencing Levitra-related side effects. In the event that Levitra does not help you sustain a satisfactory erection, you should consider talking to your doctor about taking an alternative such as Viagra, Cialis or their unbranded equivalents, Sildenafil and Tadalafil.


How often can you take Levitra?

Levitra is suitable for people that want to have sex once or twice a week. It is not designed to be taken every day, like Cialis daily. For this reason, you should avoid taking more than a prescribed tablet daily, and never more than one within a 24-hour period.



Levita is prescribed in four different dosages (2.5mg, 5mg, 10mg, and 20mg). Although 10mg is the most common prescription for first-time users, people react to taking the drug in different ways. Some men might require a smaller dosage to start with, while others might need the maximum dosage of 20mg to achieve an erection for sexual activity.

If you think that Levitra may be the most suitable ED treatment, you can complete a short, free and completely confidential online consultation with The Independent Pharmacy on our Levitra page. If the medication is safe for you to use, we offer next day delivery in plain and unmarked packaging for maximum discretion.>



Authored By:

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William Obeng

MPharm IP

Published on: 24-07-2019

Last modified on: 24-07-2019

Reviewed By:

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Dr Donald Grant

MB ChB DRCOG MRCGP Dip.orth.med

Reviewed on: 24-07-2019

Next review date: 24-07-2021

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