This medicine contains the active ingredient vardenafil which is a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor. Medicines like this stop the action of PDE5 enzyme on muscle cells that line the body of a penis, and this widens the blood vessels and enables the blood to flow more easily into the penis during sexual excitement. Vardenafil is prescribed for erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men.
Is Vardenafil suitable for me?
Vardenafil is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it if you
- are allergic (hypersensitive) to vardenafil or to any of the other ingredients in this medicine
- if you have a serious heart or liver problem
- if you have recently had a stroke or a heart attack
- if you have low blood pressure
- if you are over 75 years of age
- if you are having kidney dialysis
- if you have eye diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa
- if you have ever had loss of vision
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have sickle cell anemia
- have leukemia (cancer of blood cells)
- have multiple myeloma (cancer of bone marrow)
- have a deformity of your penis or Peyronie’s Disease
- have heart problems or blood vessel disease
- have a stomach ulcer, or a bleeding problem
- have eye problem causing sudden decrease or loss of vision
- have low blood pressure or angina
- have any problems with the way your liver works or with the way your kidneys work
Vardenafil interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Vardenafil?
This medicine is available in form of a film-coated tablet.
You should take vardenafil exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- The usual dose is 10 mg once a day, about 25 minutes to one hour before intercourse.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Vardenafil side effects?
Like all medicines vardenafil can cause side effects, including:
- blocked or runny nose
- swelling of skin and mucous tissue
- sleep disorder
- effects on vision
- redness of the eye
- eye pain and discomfort, light sensitivity
- ringing in the ears
- fast heart beat or pounding heart
- stuffy nose
- acid reflux, gastritis
- abdominal pain, diarrhea
- vomiting; nausea
- dry mouth
- raised levels of liver enzymes in your blood
- rash, reddened skin
- back or muscle pain
- increase in blood of a muscle enzyme
- muscle stiffness
- prolonged erections
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.