This drug is used as a treatment for erectile dysfunction (inability to keep an erection in men). It works during sexual stimulation by increasing blood flow to the penis, which is what causes an erection. It is not used to increase sexual desire, nor will it protect the man or his partner from any sexually transmitted diseases. It is dispensed as a tablet or as a disintegrating tablet that dissolves in the mouth. It is taken, as needed, with or without food, 60 minutes before sexual activity. It is not to be taken more than once in a 24 hour period.
Indications and Usage
The Vardenafil rapidly disintegrating tablet comes in a blisterpack which should be carefully checked for breaks, tears, or missing medication. Do not try to push the tablet through the foil to remove it. There are directions on the blisterpack for removing the tablets. Once you remove the tablet from the pack, put it immediately on your tongue and close your mouth. Do not take it with water or any other liquid. It will dissolve rapidly once you have placed it on your tongue. These type of tablets are only available in one strength. If you need a higher or lower dosage, your doctor will most likely begin by prescribing the regular tablets.
The regular tablets are available in more than one strength and the dosage can be adjusted by your doctor according to your specific needs. The rapidly disintegrating tablet cannot be substituted for the regular tablets. Your doctor will give you one or the other.
Side Effects and Other Precautions
If you are a lover of grapefruit or grapefruit juice and your doctor prescribes Vardenafil for you, let him/her know. There may be some precautions he or she will want you to follow.
Some side effects you will need to watch out for include: flu-like symptoms, flushing, headache, dizziness, runny or stuffy nose, or upset stomach. There are some side effects that could be serious and should be brought to the attention of your doctor as soon as you experience one or more of them. These include: hoarseness, swelling of the face, lips, throat, tongue, hands, eyes, feet, ankles, or lower legs, a sudden decrease or loss of hearing, ringing in the ears, blurred vision or sudden severe loss of vision, difficulty in swallowing or breathing, fainting, hives, or rash. In addition, in case of an overdose or suspected overdose, symptoms might include back pain, muscle pain, or blurred vision. This must be addressed immediately.
Storage and Disposal
Vardenafil needs to be kept and stored in its own container (the one it came in) and kept at room temperature. It should be kept away from excess heat and moisture. Do not store this medication in a bathroom. It should be kept tightly shut and out of the reach of children. Talk to your doctor about how to dispose of any of this medication that is not needed. Do not keep any drug that is outdated.