Levitra is a medication used to treat and alleviate symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction. The active ingredient that makes Levitra work is Vardenafil. This ingredient is different then the ingredient in another popular Erectile Dysfunction medication called Cialis. Levitra can take effect in only a short time period of time, typically fifteen minutes but no longer then thirty minutes. Levitra’s effects have the potential to last up to five hours. This is a great alternative to the popular Erectile Dysfunction medication Viagra. The active ingredient in Levitra increases the blood flow to the penis by inhibiting the PDE-5 substance that is commonly found in most men that experience Erectile Dysfunction. The PDE-5 has the job of stopping the substance called cyclic guanosine monophosphate or cGMP, and this cGMP is extremely important to getting and keeping a healthy erection. Maintaining an erection is significantly harder to do when there is an abundance of PDE-5 and a deficiency of cGMP because the PDE-5 is suppressing the cGMP. So by stopping the action of the PDE-5, Levitra can effectively allow the cGMP levels to rise and maintain themselves freely for a certain time period allowing an erection to occur and last for up to five hours.
There are several reasons why a man may feel that Levitra is a more practical and comfortable option in comparison with Cialis. Because it is not affected by the consumption of food, and has a fairly rapid onset, Levitra would be the best option for say, a date night; in addition to being quick, Levitra would also tend to exit and detox from your system much quicker then Cialis does, decreasing the longevity of any unpleasant side effects that you would get from both medications regardless. There is also a well known side effect that comes as a result of taking both Viagra and Cialis, and that is the effect on the phosphodiesterase 6 or PTE-6, which has a job to regulate a part of your eye, the retina. When this happens, it can cause meant to see a bluish tint of which Levitra does not. Other common side effects that are consistent across most the Erectile Dysfunction are nausea, upset stomach, dizziness, indigestion, facial flushing, congestion, headache and in rare cases color blindness. Levitra should not be taken by patients that experience heart problems, strokes, liver and kidney problems, abnormal penis shape, hearing problems, retinis pigmentosa, or sickle cell anemia. Any medication taken to treat heart conditions or an abnormal heartbeat should not be taken along with Levitra.
Well established and approved in 2003, Levitra can be found in the majority of pharmacies in Australia as well as the United States. Levitra is currently made by two companies, Glaxo Smith Klein as well as Bayer Pharmaceuticals. The majority of Levitra patients report that they are able to tolerate the side effects (if any) of Levitra over the side affects of Viagra or Cialis. Levitra should only be taken one time within a period of twenty four hours. Patients over the age of sixty five may have to start at a lower dose of Levitra. In rare occurrences, Levitra can cause a case of hypo-tension, or rapid drop in blood pressure that is deemed unsafe if it is mixed with some other medications or drugs. Get emergency medical attention should your erection last longer than four hours. Note that it may take several trials to come to the optimal dose for your condition. Men who have undergone a radical prostatectomy may significantly benefit from Levitra. Levitra is also known to work for men who have diabetes as well.