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You probably already know Viagra. There’s a good chance you know Cialis too.

But there’s also Levitra. It’s an ED pill that works just the same. Main difference is that for older men or men with underlying conditions, Levitra is a bit easier to tolerate.

ED treatment recommendations from a UK prescriber are just around the corner. Take our simple consultation. You’ll be given a selection of options based on your profile and what our clinician thinks is best for you. Then it’s just a case of choosing what you want and how often you want it. You’ll get your medication shipped from our UK pharmacy, as often as you need it – with your first package arriving in just one working day.

What is Levitra?

Levitra is a pill that helps you get an erection (and keep it long enough for sex to happen). You take it ‘on-demand’. So 25-60 minutes before showtime. After that, it stays active in the body for up to four hours. So you’ve got a decent window for some ‘activity’.

It works by helping circulation (super-simplified biology lesson incoming).

When you get aroused, your brain basically sends a memo to the blood vessels around your penis. This memo says: ‘open up’. Normally, if your blood vessels get the message, they dilate to let blood into the penis. When this happens, your penis gets hard.

In men who have ED, these blood vessels don’t get the memo and stay tight. So blood can’t enter the penis. Which pretty much means no erections, erections that don’t last long, or erections that are only semi-hard.

Vardenafil, which is the drug in Levitra, pulls some strings and speaks to a couple of enzymes, to make sure this memo gets delivered. This helps blood get in, and makes erections easier.

What dosage of Levitra is best?

You’ve got three to work with.

Levitra 5mg is the lowest. If you’ve never used it before or your prescriber is being cautious with it, because you’ve got underlying health problems, this is what you might start with.

The Levitra 10 mg tablet is a go to starting point for otherwise healthy men. If you start on this and get mild side effects, you might be lowered to 5mg.

Levitra 20mg is for when you’ve used the 10mg but it hasn’t quite done the job. If you got an erection but it didn’t last long enough, or only got semi-hard.

There’s also a Levitra ODT dose (10mg). ODT stands for oro-dispersible tablet, which is a posh way of saying it’s a tablet that melts on your tongue. No water required.

Levitra or Vardenafil?

Depends if you’re a name-brand kinda person. Levitra is the original version of the treatment that comes in the Bayer packaging. Vardenafil is a generic, so it’s made by different labs.

Branded and generics have to be ‘bioequivalent’ (so give very similar results when tested) before they’re given approval. So there shouldn’t be any difference between them in how they work, and how well they work.

Price is a factor. Brands are normally more expensive than generics.

Saying that, some men do find brands just work better for them. So really, it’s up to you.

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Last updated 11/10/2021

What you need to know about Levitra

What type of medicine is Levitra?

Levitra is an erectile dysfunction medication that belongs to the same group of drugs as Viagra and Cialis: PDE5 inhibitors. It works by helping circulation to the penis.

It’s a little different to Viagra and Cialis in that the drug in it isn’t exactly the same - but in principle it does the same job.

Levitra is known as being a little easier for some to tolerate than other drugs. So it’s a popular choice among older men or men with secondary health issues like diabetes or high blood pressure.

What is the active ingredient in Levitra?

How safe is Levitra?

How does Levitra work?

Can I buy Levitra over the counter?

How to buy Levitra online

How to take Levitra

Swallow one tablet whole with a glass of water, 60 minutes before you plan to have sex. It should start to work within 25-60 minutes.

Never take more than one tablet in any 24 hour period. If you take Levitra and it doesn’t work as well as you want it to, let your prescriber know. They may be able to adjust your dose.

You will need to be sexually stimulated for Levitra to work.

Make sure you read the leaflet provided with the medication before using it.

What is Levitra ODT?

How long does Levitra take to work?

Can Levitra be taken with food?

Can women take Levitra?

What side effects can Levitra cause?

Some men may get side effects on Levitra. Most of the time, these are mild and pass on their own after a couple of uses. But you should see your doctor if you get any side effects that concern you, or that may be a sign of something more serious.

The below is a guide, but not a complete list. More detailed info on side effects can be found in the leaflet that comes with the medication.

Very common (more than one in 10 users):


Common (less than one in 10 users):

Blocked nose, dizziness, indigestion and flushing.

Uncommon (less than one in 100 users):

Skin swelling, swelling of the mucous tissue, swollen face, mouth, lips or throat, problems sleeping, numbness, fatigue, vision problems, red eyes, altered colour of vision, pain of the eyes, sensitivity to light, tinnitus, vertigo, rapid heartbeat, loud heartbeat, loss of breath, stuffy nose, acid reflux, gastritis, pain of the abdomen, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, raised liver enzymes, pain in the back, muscle pain, increased blood muscle enzyme called creatine phosphokinase. Stiffness, malaise and unwanted prolonged erections.

Rare (less than one in 1,000 users):

Eye inflammation, anxiety, fainting, loss of memory, seizures, glaucoma, increased tear duct action, heart attack, angina, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, nose bleeds, altered liver function test results, sensitivity to sunlight, chest pain, decreased blood flow to the brain and painful erections.

When to see a doctor

Are there other Levitra brands?

There’s only one actual brand of Levitra, which is made by Bayer.

Generic Levitra tablets, known as Vardenafil, are available. These come in the same doses and should work in exactly the same way. Generics tend to be cheaper than branded medicines, so they may be a more affordable option for some men.

What other ED tablets are there besides Levitra?

Are there non-tablet versions of Levitra?

Levitra safety information

Always read the leaflet that comes with your treatment before you start using it.

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Levitra interactions

All substances have the potential to interact with others in the body, so it is important to inform your prescribing clinician about any medications or supplements you’re taking.

You should avoid taking Levitra with any other erectile dysfunction medication.

The following medications may affect how Levitra works, or vice versa. If you’re taking any of these, you may need to avoid taking Levitra altogether, or your doctor may need to prescribe a different treatment:

nitrates, angina medications and nitric oxide (amyl nitrite), which can have serious implications for your blood pressure. Arrhythmias (quinidine, procainamide, amiodarone and sotalol), HIV treatments (ritonavir or indinavir), antifungals (ketoconazole and itraconazole), antibiotics (erythromycin and clarithromycin), riociguat and alpha-blockers (which treat hypertension and enlarged prostates).

Levitra and medical conditions

Levitra and use of heavy machinery


[1] Markou,S. Et al. 2004. Vardenafil (Levitra) for erectile dysfunction: a systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical trial reports. U.S.A. Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects. NCBI.

[2] Morales, A.M. Et al. 2009. Spain, France, U.K. Vardenafil for the treatment of erectile dysfunction: an overview of the clinical evidence. DovePress. NCBI.