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This is intended as a summary and should not replace individual medical advice from a doctor or pharmacist. This summary does not include all possible information for this medication, ask your health care professional for personalized recommendations and complete information about this product.
Vardenafil is used in the treatment of male sexual function issues. It works in combination with sexual stimulation to increase blood flow to the penis to help get and maintain an erection. This medication does not protect against STDs and you should always practice safe sex.
Take this medication orally as directed by your doctor, typically as needed. Take it with or without food about 1 hour before sexual activity. Do not exceed one dose within a 24 hour period. Avoid consuming grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while on this medication unless you’re told it’s safe to do so by your doctor and pharmacist as grapefruit can increase the chances of side effects.
Flushing, headache, runny/stuffy nose, and dizziness may occur. You may also experience increased sensitivity to light, trouble telling blue and green colours apart, or blurred vision may occur. If any of these persist or get worse let your doctor know immediately. Your doctor has weighed the risks and benefits of this medication and has prescribed this medication in light of that.
Most people who take vardenafil do not experience serious side effects. If you have heart problems sexual activity can put an increased strain on your heart. If you experience any of these side effects during sex and have a heart problem stop and get medical help: fainting, jaw/chest/left arm pain, severe dizziness, nausea. Rarely you may experience NAION (suddenly decreased vision, including permanent blindness).
If this happens, stop taking vardenafil and seek medical attention promptly. If you have diabetes, heart disease, certain other eye problems, if you are over 50, high blood pressure or if you smoke your chance of developing NAION is increased. Rarely, decrease or loss of hearing, with dizziness and ringing in the ears may occur. If you have a painful or prolonged erection that lasts 4 or more hours stop using the drug and seek medical attention.
If you experience these serious side effects seek immediate medical assistance: seizures, temporary memory loss, irregular/fast heartbeat. Serious allergic reactions to this medication are rare but if you experience any of these reactions seek immediate medical attention: itching/swelling, rash, trouble breathing, severe dizziness.
Tell your pharmacist and doctor of any and all allergies before taking vardenafil as this medication contains inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other issues. Tell your health care professionals about you and your family’s complete medical history before starting this medication. Vardenafil can cause a condition affecting the heart rhythm (QT prolongation).
This can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) irregular/fast heartbeat or other symptoms that need medical attention immediately. If you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that can cause QT prolongation the risk can increase. Tell your doctor of all the medications you take and if you have any of these conditions: certain heart problems, family history of heart problems.
Low potassium and magnesium levels in your blood can increase your chance of QT prolongation. This risk can also increase if you use certain medications, or if you have conditions such as diarrhea, vomiting or sweating. Vardenafil may cause sudden vision changes or dizziness, marijuana or alcohol can also cause dizziness. Do not do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you can safely do so.
Before surgical procedures, tell your dentist and doctor about all of the medications you’re using. Older adults can be more sensitive to these side effects especially QT prolongation. This medication is generally not used in women so it is unlikely to be used during breast-feeding or pregnancy.
Drug interactions can change how your medications work or increase your risk of side effects. Share a list of all the products you’re using (including non prescription, prescription, and herbal products) with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not adjust your usage of this medication without consulting your doctor. Riociguat may interact with this drug.
When used with nitrates vardenafil can cause a serious blood pressure drop which can lead to heart attack, stroke, dizziness or fainting. Do not use with any of these medications: recreational drugs called “poppers”, certain drugs used to treat chest pain/angina. If you take an alpha blocker medication to treat BPH or high blood pressure, your blood pressure may lower which can lead to fainting and dizziness.
Some medications can affect how vardenafil is removed from your body which can affect how it works. Examples are: macrolide antibiotics, azole antifungals, HIV protease inhibitors, rifampin, hepatitis C virus protease inhibitors. There are other medications that can affect the heart rhythm including procainamide, amiodarone, sotalol, quinidine among others. Do not take this drug with other products that contain vardenafil or other medications for ED treatment.
If someone exhibits serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing they may have overdosed and 911 or poison control should be called immediately.
Store away from light and moisture at room temperature, do not store in bathroom. Keep medications away from pets and children. Only dispose of this medication as directed by a pharmacist or waste disposal company when it’s no longer needed or expired, do not flush this medication or pour it down the drain unless directed to do so.
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