Being one of the most popular drugs used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction and also one of the most effective ones out there, Levitra is the med of choice for millions of men. Unfortunately, in addition to its outstanding healing effect, many people get to experience some of its adverse effects too. Those may range from barely noticeable to downright dangerous, which is why it is extremely important to know what to expect when taking Levitra and what to do when you suspect something has gone the wrong way. Here in this article we will provide you with all the necessary information about the side effects of Levitra, easiest ways to avoid them and detailed guidelines telling you what to do when you suspect you’ve developed any of their symptoms. Read on carefully – this information will definitely help you to keep yourself in good health and might even save your life.
Levitra side effects
In spite of the fact that many people think that Levitra is a 100% safe pill that can be taken anytime by almost anyone, it’s not all as safe and simple as it seems to be from the first sight. Levitra has got quite a few side effects. Nevertheless, it’s clearly not the most dangerous drug out there either – not any more dangerous than other meds that many of us take on the daily basis, at least. Thus, there’s hardly any need to get overdramatic about the possible risks related to the use of Levitra. Just read the following paragraphs carefully and feel safe!
Most common Levitra side effects
According to recent studies, quite some of Levitra users experience this or that side effect of this medication while taking it. Fortunately, the list of adverse effects that are experienced most often doesn’t look too scary at all. Here in this part of our article we will tell you about the conditions reported by up to 15% of Levitra users, who believe these might have been caused by the drug.
Basically, there are only two common side effects of Levitra that are usually reported by 1 man in every 7 – and these are mild nausea and dizziness. Though clearly unpleasant, these side effects are anything but dangerous and are anything but likely to interfere with your sexual activity. When we say ‘mild nausea’, we don’t mean that you will feel like your stomach is rolling on top of a tsunami wave inside of you, making you wanna throw up any moment. Mild nausea is only slightly discomforting and, if you don’t put too much effort into your next sexual adventure on Levitra, you will be able to enjoy it to the fullest, even if you belong with the least lucky 15%.
By the way, so far we haven’t heard from even a single man who claimed he would quit Levitra because it was making him feel too nauseous. This also gives you an idea on how ‘bad’ this side effect of the medication usually is, doesn’t it?
Less common Levitra side effects
Talking about less common side effects of Levitra, we mean those side effects that are reported by 1% to 15% of Levitra users. As you can understand, these are still not really likely to bother you – and even if they do, there is no need to look for medical help right on the spot because they are anything but dangerous. Just like nausea and dizziness, they are not likely to interfere with your sexual activity. However, if any of the following get too intense or bothersome, discuss the possibility of lowering your Levitra dosage or switching over to another medication with your healthcare provider.
Being pretty rough on the stomach, Levitra is highly likely to cause abdominal pain, heartburn and indigestion. Therefore, even though taking it with or without food is not supposed to alter its effect in any way, most doctors recommend taking it after a meal or along with something edible, at least, as it can make digestion problems less likely.
Just like other similar drugs, Levitra may cause mild muscle or back pain, which is known to bother some of the patients for up to two days after the moment they take the pill. To be honest, however, we should mention that quite a lot of patients tend to describe this type of pain as ‘being sore after so much sex’. It’s not yet 100% clear whether any of the ingredients in Levitra can contribute to such soreness or not but… This condition is still on the list of its side effects anyway.
What might be considerably more alarming is the fact that Levitra may cause not really dangerous but very noticeable side effects that have to do with the patient’s blood pressure and heart function. Being a pretty powerful vasolidator, Levitra could make your blood pressure drop pretty significantly causing hypotension and quite some discomfort. Additionally, it can cause tachycardia making you feel like your heart is ‘racing’ or pounding too hard in your chest.
Other less common and highly unpleasant side effects of Levitra include eye pain, abnormal vision, photosensitivity, rashes, itches, etc.
Uncommon but highly dangerous Levitra side effects
The dangerous side effects that we will be talking about in the following paragraphs are so rare they were maybe registered only once or twice during the history of Levitra. Nevertheless, we just have to mention these as they are not only potentially dangerous for your health but threaten your life as well. Please, read this part of our article exceptionally carefully – and always be on the lookout for symptoms of the health conditions mentioned here. In case you notice any of those, seek emergency medical help immediately.
What might be the least menacing though somewhat more common of dangerous Levitra side effects is priapism. Manifested by an abnormally long-lasting or even painful erection that just wouldn’t go away for 4 hours or more, this condition is extremely dangerous as it may lead to necrosis of tissues in the patient’s penile body and their permanent inability to achieve erection if left unattended for too long. Some cases of tissue necrosis caused by priapism even call for surgical removal of parts of penile body. Thus, if you want to keep your penis intact, call 911 or take yourself to the nearest hospital as soon as possible if you notice an abnormally lasting erection after taking Levitra.
Even though there have been little to no cases when Levitra patients suffered heart attacks, this frightening condition is always there on this drug’s side effect list. Numerous studies have proven that Levitra can potentially affect a person’s blood pressure and circulation so intensely that they may experience severe heart problems. Thus, if you feel sharp pain in your chest, jaw or limbs after taking Levitra, call 911 immediately.
Moreover, in addition to noticeable temporary changes to eyesight, Levitra can cause sudden loss of vision or hearing. There have been a few cases when people reported being unable to see and/or hear absolutely anything after taking their dose of Levitra. Fortunately, most or even all of them regained their eyesight and hearing a few hours later.
While most don’t regard allergy as one of Levitra’s more serious side effects, we feel we just have to include it in this part of our article. Of course, itches and rashes that some Levitra users get don’t look or feel too dangerous but… What if you turn out to be acutely allergic to any of Levitra’s ingredients? This may result in serious health problems or even death, so don’t hesitate to call the emergency room if you have difficulty breathing or your neck or limbs are swelling and you have just taken Levitra.
Interactions with other substances
In addition to all of the side effects listed above, there are also a few drug and substance interactions that all Levitra users should be aware of as well. Just like many other meds, Levitra doesn’t work that well together with certain other pharmaceuticals – some reducing its effects and some, on the contrary, intensifying it to the point when it gets potentially dangerous.
In general, there is only one class of medications that SHOULD NEVER be used along with Levitra. Those are nitrates – both the pills that people use to treat chest pain and recreational drugs called poppers. Used together, nitrates and Levitra may cause severe heart problems, which may be dangerous for your health or even life.
Besides, you should always talk to your doctor prior to starting to take Levitra if you are currently undergoing treatment with any of the following medications: alpha blockers (taken along with Levitra they can cause severe dizziness or fainting), HIV protease inhibitors (Ritonavir, atazanavir and the like), ketoconazole or itraconazole, or erythromycin or clarithromycin. All of these meds are known to interact with Levitra causing unpleasant (though not really life-threatening) side effects.
You should also remember that Levitra doesn’t work that well when taken along with alcohol or grapefruit or grapefruit juice. The former may reduce its effectiveness when consumed in large amounts while the latter, on the contrary, intensifies its digestion, which may lead to overdose, even if you have taken your usual pill and that was it. Plus, it’s important to know that the onset of Levitra’s action can often be delayed if you take the pill after a fatty meal. Meals containing moderate amounts of fat, in their turn, are not likely to affect the way the medication works.
What are Levitra side effects due to?
While Levitra is a pretty powerful drug that may cause quite a few side effects on its own, it’s important to remember that in most of the cases when exceptionally severe adverse reactions were reported, they were always caused by overdose or failure to adhere to the directions for use of Levitra. In other words, if you are taking the pill responsibly and in full accordance with your doctor’s recommendations, you’re only risking suffering from minor Levitra side effects – such as nausea, dizziness, runny nose, etc. However, if you take this medication in larger amounts or more frequently than prescribed, there is a chance you will be dealing with much more unpleasant health conditions.
In fact, the main problem among Levitra users seems to be their inability to take the pill according to the recommended schedule. Even though this medication works for only 6 hours after being taken, you are NOT allowed to take more than 1 pill per day. Thus, if you like having sex more than once a day, you will either have to look at alternative forms of treatment with extended duration of action or change your habits. Never take more than 1 pill of Levitra in less than 24 hours!
What to do if you suspect you’re suffering from any of Levitra’s side effects?
If you notice any strange symptoms after taking Levitra, it’s important to act accordingly to what you’re experiencing. For instance, such adverse reactions as nausea or dizziness don’t call for doctor’s attention if they are mild. However, if you feel so nauseous that you have difficulty staying up or are vomiting, then you clearly need medical attention. The same with the rest of less dangerous side effects that we have listed above – if they don’t get too bothersome, there’s no need to get anxious or try to fight them somehow.
If, however, you experience any of the symptoms typical of more dangerous side effects of Levitra, you absolutely have to seek emergency medical assistance immediately. These may include the symptoms of priapism (an erection that lasts for more than 4 hours and doesn’t go away even after you have reached orgasm), heart attack or stroke (pain in chest, jaw or limbs) or severe allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, significant swelling of face, neck or limbs).
Summing it all up, we can say that Levitra should definitely be taken with care due to relatively high risk of adverse effects – but, on the other hand, so should every other medication! Contrary to what numerous urban myths and anti-Levitra people say, this medication is definitely not THAT dangerous. In fact, in a situation when starting a medical therapy to fight ED is the only option you have, Levitra is not any more dangerous than any of its alternatives. Just take it responsibly and don’t hesitate to discuss any of the side effects you experience on it with your doctor – and you will be 100% safe and in perfect sexual health.