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|Type of medicine||Phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor|
|Works by||Increasing blood flow to the penis causing an erection|
|Effective within||30 minutes|
|Pack size||4 tablets|
|Strength||5mg, 10mg & 20mg|
|Common side effects||Headache, flushing, and nasal congestion. Levitra has a small risk of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and skin rash as with all medicines.|
|Manufacturer||Rivopharm, Mylan, Zentiva|
|Use with alcohol||No known issues|
We stock 3 different variants of Vardenafil Tablets (5mg, 10mg & 20mg)
Vardenafil - Important Information
Erectile dysfunction is a common problem that affects around one in every ten men. The problem can get worse with age, but thankfully, there is help available. Since the launch of Viagra in 1998, men experiencing impotence have had fresh hope. Vardenafil works by targeting a specific enzyme in the body called phosphodiesterase type 5 that can inhibit your ability to gain and maintain an erection. It’s highly successful, taking around an hour to work and potent for up to five hours.
Vardenafil is also known by its brand name Levitra. One of the key benefits of Vardenafil over Viagra is the duration of its effects, with Vardenafil lasting for up to five hours while other ED treatments like Viagra may only last between two to four hours. If you need them, longer-lasting pills like Cialis (often called the ‘weekend pill’) are available that can work for up to 36 hours.
Vardenafil is one of the most popular treatments for erectile dysfunction, alongside Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. You can find a huge range of branded and generic treatments for erectile dysfunction at The Independent Pharmacy.
How Vardenafil treats erectile dysfunction
When you get an erection, blood accumulates in the penis, making it grow and harden. Vardenafil works by getting more blood to flow to the penis and remain there. Vardenafil is a type of medicine called a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor.
When you are aroused, your body sends chemical messengers around the body. One of these is called cyclic GMP, which relaxes and widens the blood vessels in the penis. Cyclic GMP is broken down by an enzyme called phosphodiesterase type 5.
Vardenafil work works by inhibiting this enzyme, allowing more blood to flow and remain in the penis. This means that when you become aroused you’re able to gain and maintain an erection. Over time, as the effects of Vardenafil wear off, your erection will too.
How to use Vardenafil
Vardenafil is taken as a tablet and should be taken with water. It can take up to an hour to work effectively, but this time can be affected by the food you’ve eaten (including fatty meals). You should be able to get an erection for up to five hours after taking the pill.
If the pill isn’t working as well as it should - don’t take a second pill, speak to us. We may be able to recommend a more suitable and effective ED treatment. You should only take Vadenafil a maximum of once every 24 hours and not in combination with any other treatments for erectile dysfunction.
Vardenafil should not be taken alongside any nitrate medications used to treat angina and heart failure including glyceryl trinitrate, isosorbide mononitrate, isosorbide dinitrate. It should also not be taken alongside nicorandil or amyl nitrate (commonly called ‘poppers’).
You should avoid Vardenafil if you’re taking drugs for high blood pressure, an enlarged prostate gland or abnormal heart rhythms as it can cause your blood pressure to drop.
Is Vardenafil right for me?
Vardenafil has been shown in studies to produce similar effects to sildenafil, although the effects can last slightly longer (5 - 6 hours as opposed to 4 hours). Vardenafil was also shown to be as well-tolerated as sildenafil with most men experiencing no notable side effects.
Vardenafil has been shown to be particularly effective in men who suffer from diabetes and men over 65 years of age.
To get Vardenafil, you will need to complete an online assessment which will be reviewed by one of our qualified medical experts. They will help to assess whether Vardenafil is an appropriate treatment for you.
Once they have made a decision, your prescription will be dispensed and sent directly to you. All of our packages are discreet.
Is it safe to buy Vardenafil online?
There are thousands of websites online that claim to sell genuine erectile dysfunction drugs like Vardenafil. The Independent Pharmacy is registered in the UK and only sells genuine branded pharmaceutical products that are safe to use.
We know exactly what’s inside every package that we sell. If the website doesn't display its registration credentials clearly and doesn't have contact details clearly displayed, it's probably best to avoid it.
Do not take Vardenafil if:
- You are allergic to vardenafil or any of the other ingredients of this medicine. Signs of an allergic reaction include a rash, itching, swollen face or lips and shortness of breath
- You are taking medicines containing nitrates, such as glycerol trinitrate for angina, or nitric oxide donors, such as amyl nitrite. Taking these medicines with vardenafil could seriously affect your blood pressure
- You are taking ritonavir or indinavir, medicines used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections
- You are over 75 years of age and are taking ketoconazole or itraconazole, anti-fungal medicines
- You have a severe heart or liver problem
- You are having kidney dialysis
- You have recently had a stroke or heart attack
- You have or have had low blood pressure
- Your family has a history of degenerative eye diseases (such as retinitis pigmentosa)
- 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)
- You are taking riociguat. This drug is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (i.e. high blood pressure in the lungs) and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (i.e. high blood pressure in the lungs secondary to blood clots). PDE5 inhibitors, such as vardenafil have been shown to increase the hypotensive effects of this medicine. If you are taking riociguat or are unsure tell your doctor
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Vardenafil if you:
- Have heart trouble. It may be risky for you to have sex
- Suffer from irregular heart beat (cardiac arrhythmia) or inherited heart diseases affecting your electrocardiogram
- Have a physical condition affecting the shape of the penis. This includes conditions called angulation, Peyronie’s disease and cavernosal fibrosis
- Have an illness that can cause erections which won't go away )priapism). These include sickle cell disease, multiple myeloma and leukaemia
- Have stomach ulcers (also called gastric or peptic ulcers)
- Have a bleeding disorder (such as haemophilia)
- Are using any other treatments for erectile difficulties, including any medicines contain vardenafil
- Experience sudden decrease or loss of vision, stop taking vardenafil and contact your doctor immediately
Other medicines and Vardenafil
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. Some medicines may cause problems, especially these:
- Nitrates, medicines for angina, or nitric oxide donors, such as amyl nitrate. Taking these medicines with vardenafil could seriously affect your blood pressure. Talk to a doctor and do not take Vardenafil
- Medicnie for the treatment of arrhythmias, such as quinidine, procainamide, amiodarone or sotalol
- Ritonavir or indinavir, medicines for HIV. Talk to a doctor without taking Vardenafil
- Ketoconazole or itraconazole - antifungal medicines
- Erythromycin, or clarithromycin - macrolide antibiotics
- Alpha-blockers - a type of medicine used to treat high blood pressure and enlargement of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
- Do not use Vardenafil tablets combined with any other treatment for erectile dysfunction
Vardenafil with food, drink and alcohol
You can take Vardenafil 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 Vardenafil. It can interfere with the usual effect of the medicine. Alcoholic drink can make erection difficulties worse.
The recommended starting dose for men who have not taken erectile dysfunction treatment is 10 mg. Take one Vardenafil 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 Vardenafil.
Swallow one tablet with a glass of water. Do not take Vardenafil film-coated tablets with any other forms of Vardenafil or other ED treatments. Do not take Vardenafil more than once a day. If you think Vardenafil is too strong or too weak, please contact our medical team or your GP, who can advise you on changing your dosage. They may suggest a switch to an alternative Vardenafil formulation with a different dose, depending on how well it works for you.
The ingredients in generic Vardenafil tablets produced by Zentiva are:
Active ingredient: vardenafil (as hydrochloride trihydrate) 5 mg, 10 mg or 20 mg.
The other ingredients are: Tablet core: Cellulose, microcrystalline; Silica colloidal anhydrous; Crospovidone (type A); Stearic acid. Tablet coating: Hypromellose; Macrogol 400; Titanium dioxide (E171); Iron oxide yellow (E172); Iron oxide red (E172).
Vardenafil side effects
Like all medicines, Vardenafil can produce side effects in some men, although it is generally well-tolerated. The chance of having a side effect when taking Vardenafil is described by the following categories:
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
- Blocked or runny nose
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
- Swelling of skin and mucous tissue including swollen face, lips or throat
- Sleep disorders
- Numbness and impaired perception of touch
- Effects on vision; redness of the eye, effects on colour vision, eye pain and discomfort, light sensitivity
- Ringing in the ears, vertigo
- Fast heart beat or pounding heart
- Breathlessness, stuffy nose
- Acid reflux, gastritis, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting, feeling sick (nausea), dry mouth.
- Raised levels of liver enzymes in your blood
- Rash, reddened skin
- Back or muscle pain; increase in blood of a muscle enzyme (creatine phosphokinase), muscle stiffness.
- Prolonged erections
If you experience any adverse effects from taking Vardenafil it is important to let us know immediately. Please log in to your online account and message one of our healthcare professionals or alternatively call us on 0333 2200 519. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.
For further information on the possible side effects, please view the Vardenafil patient information leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.9841.pdf