Erection problems (impotence) are very common, particularly in men over 40.
Most men occasionally fail to get or keep an erection.This is usually due to stress, tiredness, anxiety or drinking too much alcohol, and it’s nothing to worry about.
If it happens more often, it may be caused by physical or emotional problems.
Possible cause Treatment
Narrowing of penis blood vessels, high blood pressure, high cholesterol medicine to lower blood pressure, statins to lower cholesterol
Hormone problems hormone replacement – for example, testosterone
Side effects of prescribed medication change to medicine following discussion with GP
You may also be asked to make lifestyle changes.
lose weight if you’re overweight
eat a healthy diet
try to reduce stress and anxiety
cycle for a while (if you cycle more than 3 hours a week)
drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week
What is Levitra and what is is used for?
Levitra contains vardenafil, a member of a class of medicines called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors. They are used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (impotence) in adult men, a condition which implies difficulties in getting or keeping an erection.
At least one in ten men has trouble getting or keeping an erection at some time. There may be physical or psychological causes, or a mixture of both. Whatever the cause is, due to muscle and blood vessel changes not enough blood stays in the penis to make it hard and keep it hard.
Levitra will only work when you are sexually stimulated. It reduces the action of the natural chemical in your body which makes erections go away. Levitra allows an erection to last long enough for you to satisfactorily complete sexual activity. Levitra works by increasing blood flow to the penis, allowing the two large chambers to fill up more effectively. The result is a harder, longer lasting erection for a more enjoyable sexual experience. Erectile dysfunction treatments are intended to improve confidence and leave a man feeling more comfortable and relaxed in their sex life.
Levitra (vardenafil) usually enables an erection to be achieved quicker and last longer than with Viagra (sildenafil). Levitra Side effects experienced are also typically milder than those with Viagra.
Levitra is also a more suitable impotence medication than Viagra for diabetics and those with either high cholesterol or high blood pressure. It can be used:
- By men of all ages
- No matter how severe erectile dysfunction may be
- By men who have undergone a prostatectomy or have had partial removal of their prostate
Levitra with food, drink and alcohol
You can take Levitra 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 Levitra. It can interfere with the usual effect of the medicine.
Alcoholic drink can make erection difficulties worse.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Most of the effects are mild or moderate.
Partial, sudden, temporary or permanent decrease or loss of vision in one or both eyes has been experienced by patients. Stop taking Levitra and contact your doctor immediately.
Sudden decrease or loss of hearing has been reported.
The chance of having a side effect is described by the following categories:
may affect more than 1 in 10 users
may affect up to 1 in 10 users
Blocked or runny nose
These are not all the side effects of Levitra. For a full list see the Patient information leaflet.
Further information can be found on the manufacturers
Paitient Information Leaflet and printed if required.