Levitra is the branded version of a medication called Vardenafil, which is used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. It is a potent phosphodiesterase (PDE5) enzyme inhibitor, helping blood vessels in the penis to dilate and increasing blood flow to the region. This makes it much easier to achieve and sustain an erection upon sexual stimulation.

Produced by the pharmaceutical company Bayer, Levitra comes in three different dosages: 5mg, 10mg and 20mg. It is also available as an orodispersible (melt in the mouth) 10mg tablet.

If you haven’t taken Levitra before, most men start at the 10mg dose and see if that has the desired effect. Sometimes patients who have suffered from liver problems are prescribed the lower dose of 5mg. The 20mg dose tends to be safe for everyone else if the 10mg tablets don’t work well enough.

How long does Levitra last?

Levitra tends to start working about 30 minutes after you take it. It then lasts around 5 hours, which is slightly longer than Viagra. There is another erectile dysfunction treatment called Cialis (or Tadalafil) that lasts longer when you take it as-needed, but as these different drugs have slightly different effects you might find that one just works better for you than the rest.

You can buy Levitra tablets here at PostMyMeds, all you need to do is fill out a short online consultation form. We operate a fully licensed pharmacy with a physical premises in Twickenham, which you can visit if you have any questions. Depending on the delivery option you choose, the treatment can be at your door in less than 24 hours.

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Levitra comes in various strengths and forms, be sure to find out which is best suited to you.

How often can Levitra be taken?

Regardless of the Levitra dosage you choose, you shouldn’t take it more than once a day. You also shouldn’t take it every day of the week. If you have sex this much you might prefer another erectile dysfunction treatment called Cialis, which you can take at a low dose (either 2.5mg or 5mg) every day.

Cialis tends to last between 24 and 36 hours on a 10mg or 20mg dose. The fact that the effects are so long-lasting is one of the main reasons many prefer it to other options on the market like Levitra. People have different experiences with Cialis, but it’s perfectly possible to take it on a Friday night and still experience its effects on Sunday morning. The extended duration of Cialis’ effects allows for more spontaneity and less guesswork about when you should take it, but again, you might find that a different treatment just works better for you.

Can I take 40mg of Levitra?

You shouldn’t take more than 20mg of Levitra because it increases your risk of experiencing side effects, which include:

  • Facial Flushing / Hot Flushes
  • Indigestion
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Headache (including migraine)
  • Dizziness, drowsiness & visual disturbances – this may affect skilled tasks such as driving. Best practice is to see how you react to the medication before driving or operating any machinery

In very rare cases the user might experience a condition called priapism; a persistent erection that can be very painful. If this happens you should check yourself into A&E as soon as possible.

Some of the side effects you might experience such as stuffy nose, sneezing, and a warm feeling or redness in the face, neck, arms, and upper chest may go away as your body adjusts to the medicine. While these side effects do not usually need medical attention, you might want to mention them to your doctor if they persist.

How can I avoid side effects on Levitra?

Some recreational drugs can have negative interactions with Levitra, increasing the chance that you’ll experience side effects. Drugs like amyl nitrite (‘poppers’) and ‘room odourisers’ can be a particularly bad combination with Levitra because they contain nitrates, which are fatal in large doses.

While Levitra can be used by diabetics, it might interact negatively with certain prescription medications, so always check with your doctor if you take something else regularly.

Levitra is almost ten times more potent than Sildenafil- another popular erectile dysfunction treatment- so a lower dose is required for most men to achieve an erection. It’s possible this also means that the user has a lower risk of side effects with Levitra, but there isn’t enough data on that to be sure. If you haven’t tried any of these erectile dysfunction treatments before, you have plenty to choose from if one doesn’t seem to do the trick, and you can buy them safely and securely from our website.

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Nov 22, 2018 by Thomas Hall
Reviewed May 24, 2019 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm