Levitra: Uses and Principles of Work
We take an in-depth look at Levitra to help you determine how it works and what effects you can expect.
Levitra was the second erectile dysfunction (ED) medication to hit the markets, so publicity was rather more muted, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be the solution you’re looking for. But because it’s less well-known, the name ‘Levitra’ might seem to present more questions than answers. In fact, you might want to begin at the beginning with “What’s Levitra?”
What Is Levitra?
Levitra is a drug for erectile dysfunction, and in a lot of ways, it’s similar to Viagra. The important take-home here is that it isn’t quite the same as Viagra, so if the blue pill didn’t work for you, there’s no need to give up hope. A slight variation in active ingredient could do the trick for you. While Viagra uses the active ingredient sildenafil, Levitra uses a different one called vardenafil.
It can go by a wide variety of names, so if you use Levitra, you’re looking at a Bayer Pharmaceutical product, while Vivanza is exactly the same thing except that it’s produced by GlaxoSmithKline. Another pharmaceutical company calls it Staxyn. Ultimately, there isn’t much in the name itself. It would have made far more sense to just call the drugs ‘Vardenafil’, but brand names are big money, and pharmaceutical companies know that!
Levitra has one advantage over Viagra: research has shown that it can help with premature ejaculation too, so there’s a chance that you’ll last longer when you use it.
Levitra Uses and Effects
Levitra is primarily used for ED, but as we previously mentioned, it can help with premature ejaculation (PE) in some cases. Like Viagra, the active ingredient is a PDE5 inhibitor. We’ll discuss just what this means to you shortly.
Now for the ninety-million-dollar question: “How long does it take for Levitra to work?” When using Levitra, you should take it at least an hour before you expect to engage in intercourse. That’s how long it takes to kick in for most men. For some, it will start working sooner (as little as ten minutes), and for others, it may be a little later.
One of the advantages of choosing this ED drug is that you can take it with food or on an empty stomach. But if you are eating, be sure to avoid fatty foods and alcohol as they may impair absorption of the drug.
To know whether Levitra is working, you have to take the plunge and start getting involved in foreplay. You won’t get an ‘instant’ or spontaneous erection. That’s actually an advantage too. You only get an erection when you are sexually aroused, just as nature intended, but with a little help.
When You Shouldn’t Use Levitra
If you suffer from an existing health condition you should take care and consult your doctor before using vardenafil. Levitra can interact with some medications, and there are health conditions that preclude its use altogether.
If you’ve been instructed to avoid sex, it obviously isn’t the right time for you to use an ED drug, and if you have heart problems, have recently had a stroke, have low blood pressure or suffer from kidney or liver problems, you should definitely talk to your doctor about using Levitra first.
In fact, we advise all men to discuss Levitra with their doctors before using it. Levitra is a safe drug on the whole, but safer is better! On the upside, Levitra is unlike other ED drugs in that it is recommended for those with diabetes.
Principles of Action
By now, you know that Levitra is a PDE5 inhibitor, but what does that mean, how does it work and what does it do? It all comes down to the physical mechanism that’s at work when a man gets an erection. The simple explanation says that Levitra increases blood flow to the penis, but that’s just the final product of a complex physical reaction.
Arousal results in the release of Nitric Oxide from nerve endings. This compound then reacts with GMP, turning it into cGMP. But cGMP has an enemy: an enzyme known as PDE5. By now, you can see where this is going.
When PDE5 is ‘inhibited’, there’s less of it around, allowing CGMP to accumulate, ultimately resulting in vasodilation and the resulting inflow of blood you’re hoping for. So yes, Levitra improves blood flow to the penis, but it’s mode of action is indirect rather than direct.
How Long Does Levitra Last?
We can only give a broad answer that works for most men here, because everyone’s metabolism is different. On average, Levitra keeps working for about four hours. Too short? Don’t worry.
Levitra has a half-life of 17 to 36 hours, and many men who would previously have struggled to get and keep an erection find they get a duration of effect that lasts for that long. You’ll have to explore its effects on you for yourself, because there’s so much variance. You could easily find that time to take effect is shorter than usage instructions lead you to believe, and that effective time is considerably longer than you expected.
More Bang for Your Buck?
Generally speaking (and generalizations don’t always work) men find that if they use Levitra once a day, they can basically have sex whenever they want to. If you use it now and then, a little clock watching is in order, at least until it can take effect. After that, your 20mg Vardenafil tab might just give you more bang for your buck in a very literal sense.
To sum up, the one hour before sex, lasts for four hours ‘rule’ is really just a safe guideline. Vardenafil lasts long in the body and could have a longer duration of action than you expect. If the effects last longer, you certainly won’t be complaining. To see how long Levitra will last in your system, the only way to find out is to try.
You’ll soon be able to figure out how quickly it works for you and how fast or how slowly it will wear off. Once you understand how to take Levitra on an individualized basis, when to take it and how often, it won’t be an issue any more. You’ll find out that how work around the delay between use and effect is easier than you think.
Levitra Usage Tips and Councils for Reception
PDE5 inhibitors work for most, but not all men. They usually work on the first try, but if you find Levitra not too effective, you might need to give it a few more days. Average time to work is 15 to 30 minutes. As we’ve seen, nothing works the same for everyone, so we can only talk about ‘most’ men, and we can’t be sure this information will apply specifically to you.
If the drug is not working for you, try Cialis. If both Cialis and Levitra are not working, try Viagra or visit your doctor.
We Can be Very Specific About Some of the Tips on How Use Levitra:
- ideally, you should consult a doctor to see if Levitra is right for you;
- how much can you use? Never exceed directions for usage. These instructions are there for your safety. More will not necessarily make work better;
- how often can you use it? Daily long term use should not be a problem;
- although you can take Levitra with food, it’s effectiveness is better without food;
- taking Levitra with large amounts of alcohol is not recommended;
- never use Levitra with amyl nitrate (poppers);
- do not combine Levitra with ‘natural’ supplements like Arginine;
- recreational use is not recommended. However, it works effectively for problems with ED or PE;
- the best time to use Levitra is about an hour before sex;
- give Levitra time to work. It is not an ‘instant’ fix;
- all drugs have a shelf life. Check expiry dates before using Levitra;
- generic Vardenafil is the same as Levitra, but costs less;
- severe side effects are rare, but you should read the package insert to know what to expect and what to do.
Potential Longer-Term Benefit
One of Vardenfail’s biggest benefits is the confidence it restores after you have experienced erectile dysfunction. However, what is surprising is that some men discover that it cures their problem when they take it for a few months and then stop.
Levitra at a Glance
|Brand names||Levitra, Vivanza, Staxyn|
|Indications||Erectile dysfunction, and sometimes premature ejaculation|
|Contra-indications||Cardiovascular problems, kidney and liver disorders, haemophilia, interactions with certain drugs|
|Timing||Usually, one hour before sex|
|Duration||Four hours with an extended half-life|
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