Levitra is a medication which is used to treat Erectile Dysfunction. Levitra increases the penile blood supply during arousal. However, it does not cure Erectile dysfunction and nor does it increase the desire or the libido of a man. It only eases the problem. Therefore it is given by doctors to those suffering from this dysfunction.
Levitra and other substances
Levitra does not react well with some substances and therefore it is important to know what the do’s and don’ts are when you are consuming the drug.
- Nitrates which are present in street drugs such as in poppers can be dangerous when it is taken along with this ED drug.
- Some over the counter medications and some prescription drugs too, not only interfere with Levitra but they may cause certain negative effects to be amplified as well. Some of these are :
- Drugs to lower blood pressure such as alphablockers
- The drugs for heartburn and ulcer treatment like H2 receptor blockers
- Drugs containing nitrates which are used for chest pain
- Drugs for HIV like the protease inhibitors
- In addition to this, herbal products like St. John’s wort should be avoided
- Grapefruit juice increases the amount of toxicity of the drug
- When high fat meals are consumed with this ED drug, the absorption is decreased
- It will have lesser effects when tobacco is smoked, chewed or consumed in any form
- If one consumes a lot of alcohol or one is on alcohol abuse, then proper erectile function is prevented and so taking Levitra as a combination with alcohol is counterproductive.
Levitra and diseases or medical conditions
When you want to start taking Levitra, you need to first get clearance from your doctor especially if you suffer from any of the following problems such as:
- Heart disease
- Heart attacks
- Diseases of the kidney
- Diseases of the liver
- Either high blood pressure or low blood pressure
- Eye problems
- Bleeding problems
Precautions and side effects of taking Levitra
Levitra in doses of 10 mg is recommended but incase the person suffers from side effects, the dosage will be decreased by the doctor. Similarly, if no side effects are found, then the dosage can be increased to even 20 mg.
Common side effects are:
- Stuffy nose
- Flushes of the skin
- Trouble with the vision
- Pain in the jaw, back or even in the arms
- Sweats and chills
If the person suffers from any of the symptoms or side effects, he or she should contact their doctor immediately and the doctor may even in certain cases recommend emergency medical treatment.
It is advisable for the first few times that Levitra should not be taken alongwith alcohol. This is used not only to check if the medication is effective for you but also if you are able to tolerate the medication.