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Can Levitra be taken with food?

8th January 2021

Erectile dysfunction is a very common problem among men and there are plenty of effective medicines available to treat it. Along with the well-known brand Viagra, Levitra is a popular alternative that is well tolerated and suitable for most people. When it comes to taking erectile dysfunction medicines though, people tend to have a lot of questions.

Can Levitra be taken with food?

If you are prescribed Levitra, you will notice that the dosage instructions say that it can be taken with or without food. However, this doesn’t mean that food won’t affect how the medicine works.

Like all medicines, Levitra (Vardenafil) and its effectiveness can be influenced by a number of different factors. This includes things such as age, weight, underlying medical conditions and overall health. The way that the body absorbs the medicine can also be dependent on food.

Although it’s perfectly safe to take Levitra with food, you may want to avoid taking it after a very large or heavy meal or one that’s particularly high in fat. This is because having a full stomach can prevent the medicine from being absorbed as much or as quickly, which can mean you might not feel the full desired effects.

For best results when taking Levitra, try taking it on an empty stomach or after a light meal. You should also avoid taking it after a lot of heavy drinking. Generally speaking, it’s safe to take Levitra and alcohol together, but if you’ve been binge drinking then you may still struggle to get and maintain an erection (even with the help of the medication).

How to take Levitra

Levitra is a prescription-only medication, so you will need a valid prescription before being able to take it. You can either obtain this by visiting your GP, or you can a discreet online service like UK Meds. With no need for a GP visit, your online consultation will be reviewed by a qualified UK prescriber. If this is approved, your medication will be sent out to you and can be with you the very next day.

Once you’ve obtained the medicine, it’s important to always use as directed. The tablets should be taken orally and the recommended starting dose is 10mg (although your starting dose may be different depending on your exact medical history). The maximum daily dose is 20mg and this should not be exceeded in any 24 hour period.

Take the tablet 30 to 60 minutes before you plan to engage in sexual activity. As mentioned above, a heavy meal or a lot of food can slow down the time it takes for the medicine to kick in so an empty stomach or a light meal is best.

Once the medicine is active in your system, it will remain so for up to 5 hours. This means that Levitra can assist with getting and maintaining an erection at any point within this time period (although it’s at its optimum without the first hour or so). This doesn’t mean that you will have an erection for this amount of time. If you do experience a prolonged or painful erection that doesn’t go away even after orgasm then this could be a sign of priapism and you should seek medical help.