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Vardenafil, commonly known as Levitra, is part of a class of medicines known as phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors which relaxes the muscles found in the walls of blood vessels and works to increase blood flow to particular areas of the body.
It is commonly used to treat male sexual function problems such as erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence. Used in combination with sexual stimulation, Levitra works to increase the blood flow to the penis to help a man get and maintain an erection.
What is Levitra Prescribed For?
Levitra contains Vardenafil which is a member of the class of medicines known as the phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors to treat ED and impotence in adult men, which are conditions with difficulties getting or maintaining an erection.
At least 1 in 10 men have trouble getting or keeping an erection, either due to physical issues, psychological causes, or a combination of the two. Levitra is prescribed by reducing the action of the natural chemical in the body that removes erections, allowing the penis to engage in sexual activity.
How Does Levitra Work?
Physical erections start to happen when the nerves in the penis are stimulated by touch. This stimulation causes nitric oxide to be released and generates substances to relax the muscles to allow blood to flow into the area known as the corpora cavernosa.
When people experience impotence or erectile dysfunction, the nerves do not relay the signals between the brain and the penis that allow the nitric oxide to be released and the muscles to relax, stopping blood flow into that area.
It also happens due to nitric oxide being broken down by the PDE5 enzymes, which makes it more difficult for the muscles in the penis area to relax. Levitra or Vardenafil works by breaking down the substances that are produced by nitric oxide, allowing the muscles to relax and blood to flow more easily into the tissues.
What Are The Side Effects of Levitra?
There are common side effects of using Levitra, including the following:
- Blocked or runny nose
There are other less common side effects, including the following:
- Back or muscle pain
- Fast heartbeat
- Effects on vision
- Impaired perception of touch or numbness
- Swelling in the face, lips, throat, or mucous tissue
Additionally, there are rarer symptoms that could affect up to 1 in 1000 users, such as:
- High or low blood pressure
- Chest pain
- Allergic reactions
If you are experiencing any of the following, it’s essential to get emergency medical help right away:
- Prolonged erections lasting 4 hours or more, which can damage the penis
- Sudden vision loss or vision changes
- Heart attack symptoms, such as pressure or pain in the chest which can spread to your jaw or shoulder, sweating, or nausea
Frequently Asked Questions About Levitra (Vardenafil)
How to Use Levitra?
You should take the medicine exactly as the doctor has advised. A typical dose of Levitra is 10 mg in pill form. It’s recommended to take the pill between 25 to 60 minutes prior to sexual activity. This, in conjunction with stimulation, may achieve an erection lasting anywhere from 25 minutes to 4 or 5 hours.
Do not take more than 1 dose in 48 hours, this is not a daily medication.
What to Avoid While Using Levitra?
It is essential to not take Levitra with similar types of medications, such as tadalafil (Cialis), avanafil (Stendra), or sildenafil (Viagra).
Certain types of drugs can interact with Levitra and Vardenafil, and if you are taking any of the following it’s important to inform your doctor:
- Antibiotics such as clarithromycin or erythromycin.
- Antifungal medicine.
- Heart rhythm medicine, such as quinidine or amiodarone.
- Medication for high blood pressure or prostate disorders, such as tamsulosin and alfuzosin.
Can You Get Levitra Over the Counter?
Levitra is a prescription-only medication. This means that you can only get it through a medical professional.
For more detailed information about Levitra (Vardenafil), you can refer to the following sources:
- Levitra prescription label, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Levitra, Drugs.com.
- Vardenafil, MedlinePlus
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Frequently asked questions
Can I Get a New Prescription or Refill an Existing One Through DrHouse?
Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.
Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.
What Medications Can't be Prescribed Online By DrHouse?
There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
How Do I Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:
- Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
- Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
- Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
- Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
- A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
- If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
- Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.
DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.
For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.
What Will My Appointment for a New Prescription or Refill Look Like?
During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.
The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.
You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.
Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.
How Long Does It Get To Get a Prescription Online With DrHouse?
With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.
Is It Safe to Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.
All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.
We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.
Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.
How Much Does DrHouse Cost?
DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.
The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.
To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page
Does DrHouse Accept Insurance?
Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.
What Is DrHouse’s Prescription Refill Policy?
Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.
DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.
DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.