Erectile Dysfunction Clinic Info

Levitra is an increasingly popular alternative to Viagra and Cialis to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). That is the inability, on a regular basis, to produce and maintain a penile erection. Men who have tried it tend to stick to it. That’s probably because it seems to have fewer side effects than other ED treatments, and works for some men who have tried other ED treatments and found them not to work.

Q: What is the active ingredient in the drug called?

A: The Generic Name is Vardenafil hydrochloride.

Q: Who manufactures the drug?

A: Manufacturers:  GlaxoSmithKline , Bayer.

Q: When did nit first come on to the market?

A: Soon after it was approved by the USA FDA, on 20 Aug, 2003.

Q: Where does the name come from?

A: From la vita, meaning ‘life’. The word sounds like it. And it gives life to a man’s physical sexuality once more.

Q: What does it look like?

A: It is a small round orange coloured pill range with a flame logo imprinted onto it

Q: How quickly does it take effect?

A: According to the instructions that come with the packet, you should take it a full 60 minutes before sexual activity. However studies have shown it can work in as little as a quarter of an hour minutes. Take it with a little water.

Q: How does it work?

A: Like other oral ED treatments it Inhibits an enzyme called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE-5), making muscle in the penis more likely to relax and allowing blood to flow in, causing an erection.

Q: Will it work for the first time?

A: Generally yes, making it more successful than other ED treatments which may build up to having the desired effect. However this may be psychosomatic.

Q: Does it have side effects?

A: It can do. These should be discussed with a qualified clinician, who will also decide if the drug is safe for you to take, taking into account your personal medical history.

Q: Can I buy it over the counter?

A: No. You need a doctor’s prescription, but this can be sought online.

Q: Does it have any long term effects if I take it regularly?

A: Provided you follow the instructions that come with it (and take no more than one pill in any 24 hour period) no long-term effects have revealed themselves.