What is Levitra used for?
26th January 2021
Levitra is a common medicine that is used by men everywhere to treat erectile dysfunction (also known as impotence). It is a popular and effective alternative to Viagra or Cialis, and helps men to achieve and maintain an erection.
How does Levitra work?
Levitra contains the active ingredient vardenafil, which is a PDE5 inhibitor. Other examples of these include sildenafil (the ingredient in Viagra) and tadalafil (the ingredient in Cialis). PDE5 inhibitors work by stopping a substance called PDE5. The action of PDE5 can cause blood to prematurely leave the penis, meaning that you may be unable to get an erection or if you can get one then maybe not for very long.
BY inhibiting PDE5, Levitra works to relax the blood vessels in the penis so that blood can flow there more easily and stays there for the duration of your sexual experience. This means that you should be able to get and maintain an erection until orgasm, where you may be normally unable to do this.
How to use Levitra
Levitra comes in the form of oral tablets that should be taken as per the directions of your prescriber. It comes in strengths of 5mg, 10mg and 20mg. If you are taking the 5 or 10mg tablets then you should take one tablet 30-60 minutes before sex. However, you may take two tablets if you have previously taken one and not felt the desired effects.
If you are taking the 20mg strength tablet then you should take a maximum of one tablet 30-60 minutes before sex. The maximum daily dose for Levitra is 20mg and you should not exceed one dose per day.
It’s best to take Levitra on an empty stomach or after a light meal. The dosage instructions say that you can take it with or without food, but if you take it after a heavy meal (or a lot of high-fat food) then you may notice a delay in the medicines effects, or that it doesn’t quite work as well as desired.
Taking Levitra on a relatively empty stomach allows your body to absorb it as well as possible so that you can feel the full effects. The drug should be at its most potent after approximately 60 minutes so this is the best time to plan sexual activity for. However, it will remain active in your system for up to 5 hours and may be able to assist with any sexual activity during that time.
Does Levitra affect libido?
No. Levitra has a purely mechanical action so if you’re desiring sex but are strugging to perform then it should be able to help. However, if you’re struggling with not desiring sex in the first place then Levitra won’t be able to change this. Even after taking Levitra, you still need sexual stimulation to achieve an erection.
If you’re currently experiencing diminished libido then there are a number of possible causes for this. You should discuss it with your doctor, as medicines, mental health and underlying health conditions can all have an effect.