Q: What is Levitra?
Levitra (vardenafil hydrochloride) is a prescription drug that is used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. Levitra helps increase blood flow to the penis so that the patient can achieve and maintain an erection. Since Levitra's introduction to the U.S. market in 2003, it has become a very popular ED drug.
Q: What is erectile dysfunction?
When a man suffers from erectile dysfunction, he is generally unable to produce or sustain a regular erection. This medical condition is most prevalent among older men. However, men who are under the age of 40 sometimes suffer from erectile dysfunction as well.
Q: Does Levitra prevent pregnancy?
No, Levitra doesn't prevent pregnancy. A man who uses Levitra could potentially impregnate his female partner. If pregnancy prevention is desired, birth control should be used.
Q: Does Levitra protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases?
No, Levitra doesn't protect against the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If a patient wishes to protect himself against HIV and other STDs, he should use condoms.
Q: Who should not take Levitra?
Patients who take nitrate-containing medications or use recreational nitrate drugs known as "poppers" shouldn't take Levitra. The combination of Levitra with nitrates could cause a patient's blood pressure to suddenly drop to abnormally low levels. This could cause him to faint or become dizzy. In some cases, the patient could suffer a heart attack or a stroke.
Q: What should I tell my doctor before Levitra is prescribed?
You should provide your doctor with your health history. If you have had a heart attack or suffer from any other heart issues such as an irregular heartbeat, angina, or heart failure, it's very important that you tell your doctor. In some cases, it may be unsafe for you to engage in sexual activity because it could lead to a heart attack.
In addition, you should inform your doctor about all drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you use. That includes prescription, over-the-counter, and recreational drugs. Your doctor needs this information in order to ensure that an adverse health reaction doesn't occur.
Q: What are the side effects associated with Levitra?
Common side effects associated with Levitra include nasal congestion, headache, and facial flushing. These minor health issues generally disappear a few hours after taking the drug. In addition, some men have reportedly suffered from extended and painful erections after taking Levitra. If an erection persists for more than four hours, the patient should seek immediate medical care.
Q: Are there any serious health risks associated with Levitra?
After taking ED drugs such as Levitra, some men have reportedly suffered from sudden vision and hearing loss. One of the symptoms of the eye disorder, non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION), is sudden vision loss. NAION can lead to permanent vision loss. In addition, in some sudden hearing loss cases, patients have lost their hearing for an extended period.
As a result, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued patient safety alerts regarding sudden vision loss and hearing loss. The FDA has cautioned that there hasn't been medical evidence proving that Levitra and other ED drugs cause these health conditions. Nonetheless, the FDA advises that if a Levitra patient experiences sudden vision or hearing loss, he should stop taking the drug and seek proper medical care.
Q: What should I do if I think I have been injured as a result of taking Levitra?
If you or a loved one has experienced any dangerous symptoms or unusual medical conditions while taking Levitra, you should first contact your doctor or other healthcare professional. It may also be in your best interests to meet with an experienced attorney to discuss your options and protect your right to a legal remedy.
Contact a qualified product liability attorney to make sure your rights are protected.