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What is Vardenafil
Vardenafil is a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), a common condition which affects around 50% of men between the ages of forty and seventy. ED stops a man from achieving or maintaining an erection, even when appropriately stimulated. There are certain natural treatments you can try before medication such as psychotherapy for any underlying emotional causes, checking hormone levels, as well as looking at any other possible medical conditions such as diabetes.
An erectile dysfunction treatment can help you to regain your erections when desired and maintain them thus lowering any potential mental or physical stress which this issue may be causing you, enabling you to get back to a satisfying sex life.
Why choose Vardenafil?
Vardenafil is chosen by many is because it can be taken with or without food, whilst others forms require an empty stomach to achieve full effects. Whilst a heavy meal may possibly slow the effects down slightly, keeping your stomach completely empty prior to taking the medication is not necessarily a realistic option.
Vardenafil is also a more potent form of a phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitor than other ED medications, meaning it achieves its required results at a lower concentration of the drug than other lower potency versions. In other words, you can take a smaller dose and still get effective results. Your required dosage will be discussed with your doctor during your appointment.
Another reason vardenafil may be chosen over other ED medications is that it has been found in studies to be such a strong inhibitor for PDE-5, specifically that it minimally affects other PDEs within the body, especially when compared to other ED medications. For example, vardenafil does not inhibit PDE-6, which is found within the retina and which, when affected by certain ED medications, can alter a patient's vision short term with side effects including charges to colour perception, blurring, light sensitivity and visual disturbances.
Can I buy Vardenafil online?
Vardenafil can be purchased online once you have completed a short health questionnaire. Your results will be assessed by one of our in-house doctors to ensure that this medication will be safe and appropriate for your medical situation. In some cases, another medication can interfere with the effectiveness of Vardenafil, and certain medical conditions could be affected negatively by it. In these instances, our doctors will find you the best alternative treatment.
Once you have been given your prescription, you can order your medication anytime online without filling in this questionnaire again. If you prefer, you can discuss your health concerns or medication options with one of our doctors by booking a free and confidential online appointment.
How effective is Vardenafil?
Vardenafil is a particularly popular treatment for ED and is often chosen over other versions, such as Viagra, due to its long-lasting, 12 hour effect. In one study, Vardenafil still showed an improved sexual response 8 hours after taking the dose, and nearly three-quarters of the participants achieved a strong enough erection for sexual intercourse at both 1 and 12 hours post-administration of the dose.
How does Vardenafil work?
Vardenafil inhibits the enzyme PDE-5, which is known to stop blood vessels from working properly. This is often the cause of erectile dysfunction, as blood needs to be able to flow freely for an erection to be achieved and maintained. Vardenafil is part of a family of drugs known as an inhibitor, specifically, a PDE-5 inhibitor, which, when active, relaxes the muscles within the blood vessels, increasing the flow of blood to the penis.
What dose of Vardenafil should I choose?
Your dosage requirements depend on your condition, how you respond to treatment, any other medications you are taking and other health concerns you may have. You should consult your doctor or one of our specialists at Click Pharmacy for advice about what dose is right for you, which can be done via a Skype or email appointment.
How should I take Vardenafil?
Vardenafil should be administered orally anywhere between 25 and 60 minutes before sexual activity is desired. It should not be taken more than once a day, and once taken, you should be able to achieve an erection for anywhere up to 12 hours with sexual stimulation. Note that you will not have unexpected erections from taking this type of medication, as stimulation is required for it to work.
There should be at least 24 hours between each dose, and for optimum results, the tablet should be ideally ingested after a light meal though a larger meal will not stop its effects from working; it may just take a little more time to kick in.
What is the difference between Vardenafil and Levitra?
Prior to September 2019, this ED medication was only available in its branded form known as Levitra. After Levitra’s patent expired last year, the generic form known as vardenafil became available on the market at a lower price point. It's important to note that vardenafil was the active ingredient in Levitra, but now it is simply available directly rather than under a more expensive brand name.
By law, manufactures of these unbranded forms of a drug must prove that their product is identical to the brand across a wide number of areas, including its:
- intended use
- side effects
- expected effects
- route of administration
What is contained in Vardenafil?
The active ingredient in Vardenafil generic is Vardenafil in 5 mg, 10 mg or 20 mg doses.
The inactive ingredients are:
- silica colloidal anhydrous
- crospovidone (type A)
- stearic acid
- macrogol 400
- titanium dioxide (E171)
- iron oxide yellow (E172)
- iron oxide red (E172).
Are there any other medicines which might interact with Vardenafil?
When taking Vardenafil, it is important to check the contraindications of the medicine. You need to avoid various medications, such as nitrates, isosorbide mononitrate, isosorbide dinitrate, or glyceryl trinitrate (GTN). Combining these with Vardenafil can cause a sudden blood pressure fall, leading to severe health complications.
Other medicines that can interact negatively with Vardenafil include:
- Drugs that are used to treat heart arrhythmias, such as quinidine, procainamide, amiodarone, and sotalol
- Common anti-HIV drugs, like ritonavir and indinavir
- Common antifungal agents, such as ketoconazole, and itraconazole
- Common antibiotics, such as erythromycin and clarithromycin
- Alpha-blockers are used to treat high blood pressure, hypertension as well as benign prostatic hyperplasia. For instance, doxazocin, terazocin, and tamsulosin
Do not stop taking your current medications without consulting your GP. Inform your GP of all the medications you are taking – whether they are prescribed or not. For example, do not take Vardenafil until you have verified the interactions with your current medicines.
What should I do if Vardenafil does not work or stops working?
Your body does not get used to Vardenafil as time passes. You do not need to change or increase the dose. Instead, do the following if you feel like Vardenafil no longer affects your body:
- Revisit the instructions provided in the patient information leaflet for how to take Vardenafil and make sure that you are following the given instructions correctly.
- Make sure that you are not taking any medicines that have the potential to interact with the drug.
- Try taking the medicine several times.
- Make sure you are sexually stimulated, as the tablets will not have much effect without arousal.
- Make sure you have had a face-to-face consultation with a certified doctor.
- Discuss your lifestyle and question whether you may or may not have underlying medical causes.
- Consider increasing the dosage. For example, on Vardenafil, if you are on the 10mg dose, now try the 20mg dose.
- Consider taking an alternative treatment, such as sildenafil, tadalafil, or maybe even a different medication.
Can I buy Vardenafil without a prescription?
No. It is not possible to purchase Vardenafil without a prescription, as it is a prescription-based drug. It would be best if you had an approved prescription from your GP or a pharmacist. If you do not have a prescription, you can fill out a form on our website, which our on-site experts will review. They will determine whether you require the assistance of the drug. Once you gain approval, you will be issued a prescription, allowing you to purchase Vardenafil.
Can I get Vardenafil on the NHS?
As of right now, you can not get Vardenafil on the NHS. This is because only generic sildenafil has been approved to be prescribed by the NHS. Therefore, it is the only erectile dysfunction treatment available on the NHS. However, you can find various other medicines often prescribed for different medical conditions and use them as erectile dysfunction treatment. The most common example is medication for diabetes or prostate cancer.
Do I need a prescription to purchase Vardenafil Tablets?
Yes, you require a prescription to purchase Vardenafil Tablets. After completing a short online questionnaire you will be provided with a prescription, allowing you to purchase Vardenafil Tablets.
What is the difference between Vardenafil Tablets and Levitra Tablets?
Vardenafil is the generic version of Levitra. Levitra being the branded version is more expensive.
Can women use Vardenafil Tablets?
No, Vardenafil Tablets are not suitable for women to use. They should only be consumed by men who suffer from erectile dysfunction.
How should I take Vardenafil Tablets?
You should swallow one whole capsule with a drink of water. You should refrain from crushing or chewing the capsule.
Is there any food or drink that I should avoid when consuming Vardenafil Tablets?
When taking Vardenafil Tablets it is important to avoid drinking grapefruit juice. This is because grapefruit juice can interfere with the way the drug works, increasing the chances of harmful side effects.
Common side effects to expect when taking Vardenafil include:
- Feeling dizzy
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- nausea/feeling sick
- Feeling tired
- Feeling sleepy
If any of these side effects worse, you should stop using Vardenafil and seek medical advice from a GP or pharmacist as soon as possible.