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VARDENAFIL

Brand Name(s) : Levitra
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

VARDENAFIL WARNINGS

Vardenafil should be used with caution in: those who are likely to have prolonged erections (e.g. diseases such as sickle cell anaemia, multiple myeloma or leukaemia, or a history of recurrent prolonged erections), men with an abnormal or deformed penis, heart disease (including any inherited heart disease affecting patients' electrocardiogram [ECG] interval), liver or kidney problems, any bleeding disorders (e.g. haemophilia), or active stomach ulcers.

It should not be used in: patients with angina (chest pain originating from a lack of blood flow to the heart) who are taking nitrate drugs, serious heart disease or a recent heart attack or stroke, low blood pressure (hypotension), serious liver or kidney problems, those advised that sexual activity is not advisable because of health problems (e.g. heart problems or a recent stroke), people who have previously experienced loss of vision because of non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (NAION; a condition sometimes described as 'stroke of the eye'), those who have lost the sight in one eye (regardless of the cause) or who have an inherited degenerative eye disorder such as retinitis pigmentosa (a disease which results in gradual loss of sight).

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

No special storage conditions are required.

VARDENAFIL USES

What is it used for?

  • Vardenafil is used to treat impotence (the inability to maintain an erection).
  • It is a phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitor, sometimes known as PDE-5 inhibitors.
  • It is used to treat impotence (erectile dysfunction), which is when a man cannot get, or keep, a hard, erect penis suitable for sexual intercourse. It works following sexual stimulation (e.g. foreplay) by helping the blood vessels in the penis to relax, allowing extra flow of blood into the penis and leading to an erection.
  • In general this drug is used to manage impotence.
  • Benefits of being on this drug can include the ability to have, and to maintain, an erection suitable for sexual intercourse.

Listed below are the typical uses of vardenafil.

  • Treatment of impotence in adult men.

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list. Such conditions are listed below.

  • None known.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Take this medication by mouth usually as needed approximately 25 to 60 minutes before sexual activity, with or without food.
  • Use this medication for the duration of the prescription in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • It may take 25 to 60 minutes before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • Avoid driving or operating machinery if this medication makes you feel dizzy or causes blurred sight. Avoid grapefruit juice. Avoid a heavy or high-fat meal before taking this drug as this may delay the action of vardenafil. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

VARDENAFIL SIDE EFFECTS

  • Headache
  • Flushes
  • Dizziness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Indigestion
  • Uncommon or rare
  • Feeling sick (nausea)
  • Sleepiness
  • Bloodshot or watery eyes
  • Effects on vision, including blurred vision or change in colour vision (chromatopsia)
  • Palpitations (pounding in the chest)
  • Fast heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Feeling faint or dizzy when standing up
  • Breathlessness
  • Nosebleeds
  • Sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
  • Facial swelling
  • Rash
  • Muscle pain
  • Back pain.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • An erection that lasts for more than 4 hours, chest pain, or any visual disturbances.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

VARDENAFIL PRECAUTIONS

Before taking vardenafil, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: angina (chest pain originating from a lack of blood flow to the heart) who are taking nitrate drugs, serious heart disease or a recent heart attack or stroke, low blood pressure (hypotension), serious liver or kidney problems, if advised that sexual activity is not advisable because of health problems (e.g. heart problems or a recent stroke), if you have previously experienced loss of vision because of non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (NAION; a condition sometimes described as 'stroke of the eye'), lost sight in one eye (regardless of the cause), or an inherited degenerative eye disorder such as retinitis pigmentosa (a disease which results in gradual loss of sight).

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following: any previous loss of sight, any heart disease, stroke, or blood pressure problems, or any problems with your eyesight.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Avoid drinking alcohol to excess as it can make erection difficulties worse.

The elderly: vardenafil should be used with caution in the elderly as it may be more likely to cause certain side-effects (dizziness and headache) than in younger patients when taken at the highest dose (20 mg).

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

Vardenafil is a medication not indicated for use by women. It is therefore not safe to take if you are, or are planning to become, pregnant.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Vardenafil is a medication not indicated for use by women.

It is not known whether vardenafil passes into breast milk. It should therefore not be taken if you are breastfeeding.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

VARDENAFIL INTERACTIONS

Before using this medicine, tell your prescriber of all the medicines you are taking including prescription medicines and medicines you have bought over the counter without a prescription. Tell your prescriber if you are taking vitamins or complementary remedies such as herbal products, as these can also interact with medicines.

If you are taking more than one medicine, these may interact with each other. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines which interact with each other if the benefit outweighs the risks. In these cases, the dose of your medicines may need to be adjusted or you may be monitored more closely.

The following may interact with vardenafil:

  • Medicines for heart conditions (nicorandil or nitrates)
  • Antifungals (e.g. ketoconazole or itraconazole)
  • Antivirals (e.g. indinavir or ritonavir)
  • Antibiotics (e.g. erythromycin or clarithromycin)
  • Antivirals (e.g. amprenavir or saquinavir)
  • Antihypertensives (e.g. alpha blockers and the calcium-channel blocker, nifedipine)
  • Grapefruit juice

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, tell your prescriber of all the products you are using before taking this medicine.

If you have a question or want to discuss anything about your medicine, speak to your local pharmacist.

VARDENAFIL OVERDOSE

An overdose of vardenafil may cause: severe back pain, but serious adverse effects are unlikely to occur with an overdose.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of vardenafil or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

Not applicable: taken as required.

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