Levitra and Consumer Safety

There are only a few drugs that are FDA-approved for use in successfully treating erectile dysfunction. Although these drugs have been rated as safe to use for most men when prescribed by a doctor, there are still some circumstances in which it's not advised to take them.

What Is ED?

Although all men may have trouble performing sexually from time to time, erectile dysfunction is diagnosed when an erection cannot be achieved or maintained over 50 percent of the time. Erectile dysfunction may develop as a result of physical issues, as a side effect of certain prescription medications or in connection with psychological strains such as stress, anxiety or depression.

When the causes of ED are physical, the symptoms may be resolved through the use of a vasodilator. This class of drugs opens the blood vessels that lead to the penis, allowing for more adequate blood flow. When taken in combination with sexual stimulus, this allows for a normal erection to develop and be sustained for the length of sexual intercourse.

Medication Safety

There are a few side effects of taking oral medication to alleviate the symptoms of erectile dysfunction. Most commonly, these include headache and other minor issues like a runny nose, nausea or dizziness. In the studies performed on the use of Levitra and other vasodilators, these symptoms appeared only rarely, with headaches manifesting in 19 percent of patients and all other side effects in less than four percent of patients studied.

Since Levitra is a vasodilator, men who have existing heart conditions should not take this drug. Normally, nitrates are commonly used in the treatment of angina and other heart diseases. Combining nitrates with a vasodilator can cause serious side effects. Recreational drugs ("poppers") that also contain nitrates should not be used if you are prescribed a vasodilator. Men should also avoid taking alpha-blockers while using medication to treat their erectile dysfunction. These may be prescribed for problems with the prostate, or for hypertension (high blood pressure). Using a vasodilator in combination with alpha-blockers can cause a serious and sudden drop in blood pressure. Any patients who are allergic to the ingredients within the medication, either active or inactive, should also avoid taking it.

Proceeding with Treatment

With any medication, there is always a risk involved regarding side effects. However, if your doctor suggests that you take a prescription, then he or she has judged that the benefits that could be gained will far outweigh the risks of serious side effects. In moving forward with treatment options for erectile dysfunction, although it is important to keep an eye out for any serious (or even mild) side effects and report them to your doctor, it's also important to remember that your doctor would not have prescribed Levitra for you if he or she did not feel it was the best course of treatment for your condition.

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Levitra Patient Information
Levitra is commonly prescribed to treat Erectile Dysfunction. Many people safely take Levitra, but there are still some things you should be aware of before choosing this treatment option.

How Well does Levitra Treat Erectile

There are many drugs for Erectile Dysfunction on the market. You might be wondering which one is the best to choose. Levitra has been shown in clinical trials to be a very effective option.

Levitra and Emotional Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
The effects of erectile dysfunction are far from solely physical. Many men and their relationships suffer from emotional consequences as well. Recognizing these symptoms can help you come to a solution when combined with Levitra.