Indications with Levitra
Essentially a phosphodiesterase inhibitor, Levitra is mainly used in the treatment of sexual malfunctioning including impotence and erectile dysfunction. When used in combination with sexual stimulation, Levitra can help in the improvement of blood flow in the penile area and cause erection.
Women and children are not supposed to use this drug. Levitra does not offer any protection against sexually transmitted diseases including HIV infection.
Using ‘safe sex’ options like latex condom is recommended. For more information, contact your pharmacist or doctor.
Before starting using Levitra
To avoid serious drug interactions do not start therapy with Levitra if you are taking any of the following: recreational drugs called ‘poppers’ containing amyl or butyl nitrate, any form of nitroglycerin, any ‘nitric oxide donor’ medicine, other nitrates such as isosorbide, nitroprusside. If you are not sure whether your current medication is a nitrate, consult your doctor for advice.
It is not recommended that you use Levitraif you are currently taking alpha-blocker medicine like terazosin, prazosin or doxazosin. Before you start with Levitra, consult our doctor if you are currently on any of these medications.
Dose alteration or monitoring may be required if you are taking other medication for treating impotence like antifungal drugs including rifamycins such as rifampin; itraconazole or ketoconazole; ; erythromycin; cimetidine; medications for abnormal heartbeats such as procainamide, quinidine, amiodarone, or sotalol; medicines for high blood pressure; HIV protease inhibitors such as ritonavir or indinavir, or St. John’s Wort.
Extra checking of your dose and condition may be needed if you are on medicines that alter heart beats like tricyclic antidepressants, phenothiazines, quinolone antibiotics, etc. It is advisable not to begin or stop Levitra without prior consent from your doctor.
It is recommended that you share with your doctor all information regarding your current medication condition including history of long and painful erection; penile problems; blood cancers like leukemia/myeloma; ailment of the eye especially diseases affecting the retina like retinitis pigmentosa, disease of the liver or kidney, sickle cell anemia, stomach ulcers, bleeding problems, heart diseases including stroke, high or low blood pressure, arrhythmias or allergies.
It is recommended not to start taking Levitra if you have already been advised not to partake in any sexual activity because of heart conditions. You should consult your pharmacist or doctor if you want to have more information about this medicine.
Directions for use with Levitra
Abide by the directions of use of this medicine as advised by your doctor. This drug accompanies a patient information leaflet which should be read thoroughly. Ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor for any information you may need for Levitra. Levitra should be ingested orally, one hour before sexual activity or as advised by your physician.
Do not exceed the recommended dose. If you are already taking certain medicines, you may be advised to have once every 3 days. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor for more details on the topic. Levitra can be taken with or without food. However, if you take Levitra with a meal with high fat content, it may reduce the amount of drug that is usually absorbed by your body.
Alerts with Levitra
It is recommended not to start with Levitra if you have a history of allergic reactions to Levitra or any of its ingredients. Expected side effects include giddiness and changes in vision. It is advisable not to drive or operate machinery or perform any other activity that requires alertness till such times that you are aware how to handle the side effects of Levitra.
Levitra, with other medication or alcohol could reduce the ability to drive or do any other tasks which could be dangerous.
If you experience giddiness or feel light in the head, you should stand or sit up gradually from a seating or a lying posture. Dose recommended for you is fixed according to the state of your ailment, your reaction to therapy and other medical products that you are having.
Never exceed your recommended dose, without seeking prior permission from your doctor. Though rare, Levitra could alter your heart rate, especially when consumed with other medication. When heart rhythm is irregular, it could result in serious, though hardly fatal, irregular heart rates. Consult your doctor whether to stop Levitra or any other drugs that you are taking if you want to reduce the dangers of this side effect.
Before starting on any new medication, be it prescription or over the counter, always talk to your pharmacist or your doctor about it. The elderly are more likely to experience the side effects of this drug. Levitra is not meant to be used by women or children.
Likely side effects with Levitra
Side effects of Levitra include: stuffy or runny nose, dizziness, or lightheadedness, headache, heartburn, stomach upset or nausea, flushing, diarrhea. Vision problems are rare but they include blurred vision, higher sensitivity to light, wrong blue/green discrimination, etc. In case these side effects become intolerable, consult your doctor. In cased you experience slow, fast or irregular heart rates, discuss this with your doctor.
If you have heart problems, sexual activity can put extra stress on your heart. In case you experience any serious side effects while having sex, stop sexual activity and talk to your doctor. Such side effects include: fainting, pain in the chest, giddiness, or feeling of nausea. In case you have an unlikely event of long and painful erection that lasts in excess of 4 hours, you should cease to have this medication and seek urgent medical intervention or else, you could have permanent problems.
It is doubtful whether you would have allergic reactions to Levitra, but if you do – seek quick medical attention.
Allergic reactions can manifest in the following manner: itching, skin rash, odd swelling, serious giddiness, and problems with breathing. In case you experience side effects not listed here, talk to your nurse, pharmacist or doctor.
What to do in case of an Levitra overdose
The local poison control center or emergency room should be contacted in case you suspect of an overdose. Overdose symptoms include pain the back and muscles and problems with vision.
Extra information you should know on Levitra
In case the symptoms do not improve or get worse, you should consult your doctor. It is advisable not to share this drug with anyone who has not been prescribed. This can worsen their problem or result in further complications of their problems.
Levitra should not be used to treat other diseases. Keep it away from children and pets. If you are using Levitra for a long time store enough supply to prevent running out of stock.
How Levitra interacts with other drugs
Efficacy of Levitra may be compromised when it interacts with other drugs. Some medications of health conditions can react to the effects of Levitra. You should consult your pharmacist and doctor regarding all the prescription and over the counter drugs that you are taking.
How to storeLevitra
It is advisable to keep Levitra at room temperature 77 °F (25 °C) in an air-tight container protected from light and heat. Temporary storage between 59 and 86 °F (15 and 30 °C) is allowed.