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Men with impotence or the inability to maintain an erection are treated with vardenafil for erectile dysfunction. Vardenafil belongs to the group of drugs known as phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors. During sexual stimulation, it increases blood flow to the penis, which is how it functions. An erection may result from this increased blood flow. Vardenafil does not improve sexual desire or treat erectile dysfunction. Vardenafil does not stop pregnancy or the transmission of sexually transmitted illnesses like the HIV virus (HIV).


How is this medication to be taken?


Vardenafil can be taken orally as a tablet and a rapidly disintegrating tablet, which dissolves in the mouth and can be swallowed without water. It is typically taken as needed, 60 minutes prior to sexual activity, with or without food. Vardenafil should typically only be taken once every 24 hours. Your doctor might advise you to take vardenafil less frequently if you have certain medical conditions or are taking specific medications. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Vardenafil should be taken as prescribed. Never take it in larger or smaller amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.

What is Vardenafill?

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Men's health care

Before taking your first dose of a rapidly disintegrating tablet, inspect the blister pack. If any of the blisters are broken, torn, or don’t contain any tablets, do not use any of the medication from the pack. To remove the tablet from the blister package, follow the instructions on the packaging. The tablet should not be forced through the foil. Place the tablet on your tongue right away after removing it from the blister package, then close your mouth. The tablet will dissolve instantly. The rapidly disintegrating tablet should not be taken with water or other liquids.

A typical dose of vardenafil tablets will likely be prescribed by your doctor, who may then adjust it based on how you react to the drug.

A typical dose of vardenafil tablets will likely be prescribed by your doctor, who may then adjust it based on how you react to the drug.


If you smoke and/or have ever experienced an erection that lasted longer than four hours, let your doctor know. If you have or have ever had diabetes, high cholesterol, high or low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, a heart attack, angina (chest pain), a stroke, ulcers in the stomach or intestine, a bleeding disorder, blood cell issues like sickle cell anemia (a disease of the red blood cells), multiple myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells), or angulation, you should also mention it to your doctor.

Tell your doctor if you have ever experienced severe vision loss, have long QT syndrome (a heart condition), retinitis pigmentosus (an eye disease), or any of your family members have ever experienced these conditions. This is especially important if you were told that the vision loss was brought on by a blockage of blood flow to the nerves that support your vision. If you’ve ever received medical advice telling you to refrain from sexual activity, let your doctor know.

Vardenafil should only be used by men, as you should be aware. Vardenafil should not be taken by women, especially if they are, could become, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you take vardenafil while pregnant.

Inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking vardenafil if you are scheduled for surgery, including dental surgery or any other dental procedure.

It’s important to be aware that sexual activity could put a strain on your heart, particularly if you already have heart disease. Call your doctor right away and stop engaging in sexual activity if you experience chest pain while doing so until they advise you otherwise.

Let all of your medical professionals know you are taking vardenafil. The medical professionals treating you will need to know when you last took vardenafil if you ever require emergency care for a heart condition.

You should be aware that the rapidly disintegrating tablets are sweetened with aspartame, a source of phenylalanine, if you have phenylketonuria (PKU), an inherited condition that necessitates following a special diet to prevent brain damage that could result in severe intellectual disability.

The rapidly disintegrating tablets are sweetened with sorbitol, so you should be aware of this if you have fructose intolerance (an inherited condition in which the body lacks the protein needed to break down fructose, [a fruit sugar found in some sweeteners such as sorbitol]). If you have a fructose intolerance, let your doctor know.

What specific dietary recommendations should I abide by?

If you plan to consume grapefruit or grapefruit juice while taking this medication, consult your doctor.

What side effects might this medicine have?

Vardenafil could have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right away:

  • headache
  • uneasy stomach
  • heartburn
  • flushing
  • runny or congested nose
  • flu-like signs

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • longer than four-hour erection
  • sudden, severe vision loss (see below for more information)
  • fuzzy vision
  • alterations to colour vision (seeing blue tinge on objects, difficulty telling the difference between blue and green, or difficulty seeing at night)
  • dizziness
  • sudden hearing loss or decline
  • hearing ringing
  • swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, lower legs, face, throat, tongue, lips, and eyes
  • hoarseness
  • breathing or swallowing challenges
  • fainting
  • hives
  • rash

Other negative effects of vardenafil are possible. If you experience any unusual issues while taking this medication, contact your doctor right away.

After taking vardenafil or other medications that are similar to vardenafil, some patients experienced a sudden decline in hearing or loss of hearing. Usually, only one ear was affected by the hearing loss, and it might not get better. It is unknown if the medication contributed to the hearing loss. Call your doctor right away if you suddenly lose your hearing while taking vardenafil, sometimes with ringing in your ears or dizziness. Till you speak with your doctor, don’t take any more vardenafil or similar medications like sildenafil (Viagra) or tadalafil (Cialis).

Overdose symptoms could include:

  • muscle or back pain
  • fuzzy vision

What other details should I be aware of?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.

No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding prescription refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information on you in case of emergencies.