Is Vardenafil the same as Levitra?

26th January 2021

Erectile dysfunction is an ailment that is extremely common and yet most men who suffer feel embarassment and therefore avoid speaking about it. Avoiding talking about the issue can lead to a number of questions around the condition and also the treatments available for it. You may have heard of some of the medicines, but do you understand them fully?

Is vardenafil the same as Levitra?

Yes, vardenafil is the generic version of the medicine, whereas Levitra is a brand name. Both of these medicines contain the same active ingredient (vardenafil) and therefore work in exactly the same way. The main difference between the two is usually the cost, with a generic version of a medicine being a lot more cost effective than a branded one. This is not just true of ED medicines but pretty much all medicines.

Even though they’re slightly more expensive, some people do prefer branded Levitra because although the active ingredient will always be the same, different manufacturers can use other ingredients such as coatings to create their version of the medicine. Some people find that different coatings and ingredients suit them differently, so choosing branded Levitra is a way to guarantee that you’re getting exactly the same tablet each time. If you choose the generic vardenafil then you may receive different generics from different manufacturers that suit you slightly differently.

How does Levitra work?

Levitra (vardenafil) works in the same way that all erectile dysfunction medications work; it dilates vessels, improving the blood flow to the penis. This means that an increased amount of blood is able to flow more easily there, where it can then become trapped. This is how a man gets and maintains an erection, so if he can’t do that naturally then Levitra can help.

Levitra normally takes around 30-60 minutes to get to work so it’s recommended that this is how long before sexual activity that you take the medicine. It will usually be at its strongest around 60 minutes after taking it, so this is the best time to plan sexual activity, as you may find that it assists with the strongest erections.

However, Levitra does remain active in the system for up to 5 hours, so you should find that it is able to assist with erections within this time frame. However, they may not be as strong as within that optimum window after you’ve taken the drug.

Sometimes people can get confused about what the window of effectiveness means. It does not mean that you will have a prolonged erection for that time or that you won’t be able to go about your normal day. Levitra still requires sexual stimulation in order to achieve an erection so if you’re not a sexual setting then you don’t need to worry about how long it’s been since you’ve taken it.

What are the side effects of Levitra (Vardenafil)?

Levitra is generally a very well-tolerated medicine and is often chosen above alternatives like Viagra and Cialis for that very reason. Men who have taken Viagra or Cialis before and have complained of side effects, may be switched to Levitra and find that these are lessened or subside completely.

Levitra does still carry the risk of some side effects though and these include headaches, a stuffy nose and lightheadedness. If you experience severe or persistent side effects then you should seek medical advice.