Safety

Vardenafil HCl or Generic Levitra

As many of us know, vardenafil HCl is the most effective drug in the market today when it comes to the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED).  Many however are now aware that vardenafil HCl comes in five types – the regular vardenafil tablet, vardenafil jelly, vardenafil soft, vardenafil professional, and vardenafil super force.   While all these five vardenafil HCl are different in a sense, all of them are effective in treating male sexual impotence.  The main advantage of vardenafil over other ED drugs is that you are less prone to experiencing visual disturbance, a common side effect found in other ED medications.

Types of Vardenafil HCl

Vardenafil Tablet – this is the regular generic Levitra that we have come to love in helping to treat erectile dysfunction.   This is the most common type of drug for generic Levitra.

Vardenafil Jelly – this is similar to the regular generic Levitra, only this time, it comes in jelly form making it easily absorbable and thus requiring less time to achieve erectile response.

Vardenafil Soft – this is similar to the regular generic Levitra but this time it is soft and chewable and does not require you to follow it up with a glass of water.

Vardenafil Professional – this pill is not like the regular generic Levitra as it does not need to be swallowed.  Instead, it is placed under the tongue for direct absorption, making it act much faster.  Additionally, with vardenafil professional, the penis requires less stimulation to achieve an erection because the nerves inside the penis are made more sensitive.

Vardenafil Super Force – this pill contains dapoxetine which means the drug does not just treat sexual impotence, but also helps with premature ejaculation.

Vardenafil Comparison

 

Vardenafil Tablet

Vardenafil Jelly

Vardenafil Soft

Vardenafil Professional

 Form

Pill

Jelly in Sachet

Pill

Tablet

 Must be taken minutes prior

1 hour

30-40 minutes

40 minutes

30 minutes

 How to take

swallow with water

swallow

chew

dissolve in mouth

 Half-life

4-6 hours

4-6 hours

4-6 hours

4-6 hours

 Avg. price

$1.56

$3.58

$2.56

$3.54

Safety Information:

What is this vardenafil HCl?

Vardenafil HCl or generic Levitra is an oral medication used for treating male sexual impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED).  Erectile dysfunction is actually a common condition experienced by men, particularly those who have certain medical conditions or are reaching a certain old age.  ED is what you call the condition when a man is unable to get his penis to become erect or keep it erect for sexual intercourse.  What vardenafil HCl does is that it helps men who suffer from sexual impotence to get an erection once they become sexually excited.  Generic Levitra must only be used with proper prescription and is never to be used by men without sexual impotence as well as by women and children.

What to tell my physician prior to getting a prescription?

It is important to tell your physician the following:

  • If you have any heart problems
  • If you have hypotension or uncontrolled hypertension
  • If you have had any previous stroke
  • If you have liver or kidney issues
  • If you have family that have an unusual heart condition like the long QT syndrome
  • Any form of vision loss
  • Eye disease called the retinitis pigmentosa
  • Bleeding issues
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Peyronie’s disease or deformation of the penis
  • Are taking medications like alpha-blockers
  • Have some sort of blood conditions like leukemia, sickle cell anemia, or multiple myeloma.

How should vardenafil HCl be used?

Vardenafil HCl needs to be taken orally with food or without.  Follow the instructions carefully as prescribed by your doctor.  Each type of vardenafil have a certain time in which it needs to be taken prior to sexual activity.  Vardenafil HCl in pill forms needs to be swallowed followed with a glass of water, jelly forms needs to be swallowed, soft forms needs to be chewed and then swallowed, and Vardenafil Professional are made with disintegrating tablets so they need to be dissolved under the tongue for faster absorption.

When taking vardenafil HCl, make sure that you never take any extra doses or else you risk yourself of overdose.  If an overdose is suspected, make sure to contact your local poison control office or the nearest emergency room in your area.

NOTE: The medication is meant for you so never share your generic Levitra medications with anyone.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply with generic Levitra as it is only taken as needed.  However, it is very important never to take extra doses of the medication.

What are the medications that can interact with vardenafil HCl?

It is important never to take vardenafil along with the medications the follows:

  • alpha-blockers
  • nitrates drugs
  • recreational drugs with nitrates aptly called “poppers.”

Vardenafil HCl also has the capacity to react with the following medications:

  • antibiotics like troleandomycin, sparfloxacin, erythromycin, and clarithromycin
  • arsenic trioxide
  • chloroquine
  • cisapride
  • depression medications like tricyclic antidepressants, phenothiazines, pimozide, nefazodone, fluvoxamine, fluoxetine, maprotiline, and amoxapine.
  • diltiazem
  • heart control medications like sotalol, propafenone, procainamide, quinidine, ibutilide, flecainide, dofetilide, disopyramide, amiodarone
  • HIV and AIDS medications
  • methadone
  • nicardipine
  • ointments for treating fungal infections like voriconazole, ketoconazole, itraconazole, and fluconazole
  • pentamidine
  • pimozide
  • seizure medications like phenobarbital, phenytoin, and carbamazepine
  • verapamil

The medications listed here actually do not describe every possible interaction.  This makes it important to supplement your physician with a list of each and every medications you are taking, whether they are herbal, non-prescription, prescription, or supplements.  Also, it is important that you disclose to your physician if you drink alcohol, smoke tobacco products, or use illicit drugs.  The reason behind disclosing such is that these items have the potential to interact with vardenafil HCl.

What do I need to watch out for when taking vardenafil HCl?

If you experience any vision changes while you are on generic Levitra, it is important that you inform your doctor about it immediately.  Make sure not to use the drug anymore if you experience any vision loss from one or both eyes.  If you experience this, contact your doctor immediately.

If you experience any lasting erection that is up to 4 hours or longer, or if the erection becomes painful, make sure to call your physician straightaway.  It is possible that this is a sign called priapism and requires immediate medical attention otherwise there will be permanent damage to your manhood.

Should you encounter symptoms like nausea, vomiting, chest pains, arm pains, or dizziness during sex after use of generic Levitra, it is recommended to stop whatever it is you are doing and discuss the event you encountered with your physician immediately.

When taking vardenafil HCl, make sure never to change your dosage.  If you want any dosage adjustment, whether to increase or decrease, consult your physician for reevaluation.

Always remember that the use of vardenafil HCl does not provide protection for you and your partner from sexually transmitted diseases like HIV.

What are the side effects that you can experience from taking vardenafil HCl?

When taking generic Levitra, as well as other ED medications belonging to the class of PDE5 inhibitors, the possible side effects that you may encounter are:

  • flushing
  • indigestion
  • headache,
  • stuffy nose
  • nausea

This list of side effects does not necessitate any medical attention.  However, if you encounter the following side effects, it is important that you contact your physician immediately:

  • allergies and related symptoms like itching, rash, and swelling
  • back pains
  • chest pains
  • dizziness
  • hearing loss
  • labored breathing
  • muscle pains
  • prolonged erection
  • seizures
  • shortness of breath
  • vision changes or vision loss

How to store vardenafil HCl?

When storing vardenafil HCl, make sure to keep them away within easy reach of small children and make sure to store them in containers that children will not be able to open.  Store the medications at room temperature ranging from 59-86°F or 15-30°C.  Dispose of any unused medications that are beyond their expiration date.