What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Levitra (Vardenafil)


Levitra (Vardenafil)

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    Levitra is a prescription medication used to treat erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition where a person is unable to get or maintain an erection for sexual intercourse. ED can be caused by physical, mental, or other medical conditions.

    Levitra works by relaxing blood vessels that fill the corpus cavernosum of the penis. Sexual stimulation is required for Levitra to be effective, and it will not work on its own.


    The starting Levitra dosage is 10 mg by mouth as needed, about 60 minutes before sexual activity. The dose may be decreased to 5 mg or increased to 20 mg.

    Do not take more than one tablet of Levitra per day unless directed by your healthcare provider.

    If you have liver dysfunction, you may need to reduce the starting dose to 5 mg.


    The active ingredient in Levitra is Vardenafil, which is also the name for Levitra generic.

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    Legal status

    RX Only

    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    4-5 hours

    Dosage (Strength)

    5mg (8 tablets, 32 tablets), 10mg (4 tablets, 8 tablets, 12 tablets), 20mg (4 tablets, 8 tablets, 12 tablets)


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    Levitra has many potential drug-drug interactions with other medications. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all other medications you are taking, including:

    • Abametapir
    • Alpha-1-blockers
    • Alprostadil
    • Amyl Nitrite (Poppers)
    • Cialis
    • Dapoxetine
    • Fusidic acid
    • Itraconazole
    • Ketoconazole
    • Molsidomine
    • Nitroprusside
    • Organic nitrates
    • Riociguat
    • Ritonavir
    • Vericiguat
    • Viagra


    Tell your doctor if you have a history of heart problems.

    If you have an erection lasting longer than four hours, especially if it is painful, then seek immediate medical attention.

    Levitra can affect the vision of some people.

    Use caution when taking other medications that lower blood pressure and when consuming foods high in nitrates, like preserved meat.

    Side Effects

    Common side effects of Levitra may include:

    • Back pain
    • Dizziness
    • Dyspepsia
    • Flu-like symptoms
    • Flushing
    • Headache
    • Increased creatinine phosphokinase
    • Nasal congestion
    • Nausea
    • Rhinitis
    • Sinusitis


    1. Levitra [package insert]. Research Triangle Park, NC: Bayer; 2014.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Levitra (Vardenafil)

    What is Levitra (Vardenafil)?

    Levitra, also known by its generic name Vardenafil, is a prescription medication used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. It belongs to a class of drugs called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors.

    How does Levitra work?

    Levitra works by relaxing the blood vessels in the penis, which allows for increased blood flow. This improved blood flow helps men achieve and maintain an erection when sexually aroused.

    Who can use Levitra?

    Levitra is typically prescribed for adult men who have difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection, a condition known as erectile dysfunction. It should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare provider.

    Is Levitra a cure for erectile dysfunction?

    No, Levitra is not a cure for erectile dysfunction. It is a treatment that can help manage the symptoms of ED. It should be taken as needed and does not permanently resolve the underlying causes of ED.

    How should I take Levitra?

    Levitra should be taken as directed by your healthcare provider. It is usually taken orally with or without food about 30 minutes to an hour before sexual activity. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.

    What are the common side effects of Levitra?

    Common side effects of Levitra may include headache, flushing, stuffy or runny nose, indigestion, and dizziness. These side effects are usually mild and temporary.

    Can I take Levitra with alcohol?

    It is generally recommended to avoid excessive alcohol consumption while taking Levitra, as alcohol can increase the risk of certain side effects and may reduce the effectiveness of the medication. Consult your healthcare provider for specific guidance.

    Is Levitra safe for everyone?

    Levitra may not be suitable for everyone, especially those with certain medical conditions or taking specific medications. It's essential to discuss your medical history and current medications with your healthcare provider before using Levitra.

    Can I take Levitra if I have underlying health conditions?

    Individuals with certain health conditions, such as heart problems or low blood pressure, should use Levitra with caution. It's crucial to inform your healthcare provider about any pre-existing conditions before starting the medication.

    Is Levitra available in generic form?

    Yes, Levitra is available in its generic form, Vardenafil. Generic versions of the medication may be more affordable but contain the same active ingredient and should be used as directed by a healthcare provider.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 2450

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