Levitra Safety Information

Knowing how to safely take Levitra can increase the drug's benefits while reducing possible side effects or complications. This information is intended to provide general safety recommendations to people who regularly take this medication to treat erectile dysfunction. This drug is not approved for use in women or children less than 18 years of age.

First Time Use

Since you do not know how your body will react when you take any new medication, the first time you take this drug you should not drive or perform tasks that could be dangerous. If you experience dizziness or lightheadedness, slowly sit or lay down until you feel better.

Men Over 65

Older men are known to be particularly sensitive to the drug's effects so it is recommended that men over 65 use this drug with caution. If you experience any side effects including chest pains, lightheadedness, or dizziness you should consult your doctor before further use of the medication.

Other Medications

Consult your doctor about possible drug interactions. Never use other ED drugs while on this medication. Men who take nitrates should avoid this medication. Inform your doctor of alpha-blockers you are taking.

Heart Conditions

Men who have a history of heart problems or take heart medication should take this medication with caution. Let your doctor know if you have an abnormal heartbeat. Immediately seek medical attention if you believe you are having a heart attack or a stroke. Common symptoms include chest pain, arm or leg numbness, headache, severe dizziness, vomiting, fainting, or changes in vision or speech.

Other Medical Problems

Be sure your doctor is aware of your other medical conditions including liver and kidney problems, stomach ulcers, high or low blood pressure, diabetes, bleeding disorders, and blood cell diseases. These do not rule you out as a candidate for Levitra but your dosage may need to be adjusted to reduce complications.

Alcohol Consumption

Some side effects like dizziness and blurred vision can be enhanced if you drink alcohol while taking this medication. It is better to limit consumption or avoid it altogether on the days you take Levitra.

Prolonged Erections

Men who have erections that last more than four hours should seek immediate medical attention. It is possible for this to occur even if you are not engaged in sexual intercourse. This is a serious condition that can cause permanent damage to your penis. Notify your doctor right away if you experience a prolonged erection.

Side Effects

In addition to those already mentioned, you should let your doctor know if you experience severe vision problems, hearing loss, or ringing in the ears.