While not as well-known as other medicines in the ED treatment family, like Viagra and Sildenafil, Levitra is useful because it can be longer acting. This means the effects may be noticeable for hours after taking a dose.
Levitra is the brand name of the generic medicine Vardenafil. Both medicines contain the same active ingredient. Although Vardenafil is cheaper to buy, some men prefer to take the brand that they’re familiar with.
There are three strengths of the tablets available: 5mg, 10mg, and 20mg. There is also a 10mg orodispersible version that dissolves on your tongue.
How does Levitra work?
It works in the same way as other medicines that treat erectile dysfunction, like Viagra. It belongs to a family of medicines called PDE5 inhibitors. Levitra works by opening blood vessels and increasing blood flow into the tissue of the penis. This helps men get and maintain an erection.
It does not have an impact on libido, only your ability to get and maintain an erection when sexually aroused.
How long does Levitra last?
The effects of Levitra can last up to four or five hours after taking a dose.
How to make Levitra more effective
Most men will notice a firmer and longer-lasting erection. It can also work quicker than some other ED medicines. Ideally, you shouldn’t take a dose with a high-fat meal because it can delay the effect of the tablet. Drinking alcohol can make it harder to get an erection so should be avoided when taking Levitra.
If Levitra doesn’t work for you the first time around, you should try it again on a different occasion. Often, ED medicines aren’t effective at first but are found to be more effective when tried on another occasion. Doctors often advise trying erectile dysfunction medicines eight separate times before trying a different treatment.
If the treatment does not work, ask our doctors (or your GP), whether it would be appropriate to increase the dose. Alternatively, they may recommend another treatment.