Each patient is given a unique dosage of Levitra (vardenafil) depending on their condition and other factors that include age, other underlying medical conditions, and other medications currently taken.
As with any other medication, do not take more than or less than the recommended amount unless specifically instructed by your healthcare provider.
Below is the average dosage of Levitra, as recommended by its manufacturer. It is possible for you to have a totally different dosage. Do not adjust your dose without consulting your healthcare provider.
Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) or Male Impotence
Usually, the recommended initial Levitra dosage is 10 mg, taken orally, on as needed basis. It should be taken at least 60 minutes before anticipated sexual activity. Levitra may be taken without regard to foods. Depending on the patient’s response to the medication, the daily dose may be increased to a maximum of 20 mg, if the starting dose is not effective; or decreased to 5 mg, if side effects occur.
It is recommended to take only one dose of Levitra per day. You should wait at least 24 hours before taking the next dose of this medication. Take note that Levitra does not cause an erection; sexual stimulation is necessary for a response to treatment.
Use in Special Populations
Since older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication, individuals aged 65 years or older should start at a lower dose, usually 5 mg.
Individuals with Kidney or Liver Problems
Individuals with moderate hepatic impairment should start at 5 mg of Levitra. The dose may be increased up to a maximum of 10 mg per day. Levitra is not recommended for patients with severe liver problems.
Individuals with kidney impairment and undergoing renal dialysis should not use Levitra. Inform your healthcare provider if you have history or existing kidney or liver impairment before taking this medication.
Individuals Taking Certain Medications
Certain medications can affect the blood concentration of vardenafil therefore dose adjustments may be necessary. Individuals taking medications that can potentially interact with Levitra should be given a lower starting dose, usually 2.5 to 5 mg per day.
Levitra Oral-Disintegrating Tablet
Do not substitute regular Levitra tablets with orally disintegrating tablets (ODT, Staxyn). These two medications have different drug concentrations. Compared to regular tablets, ODT are better absorbed by the body thus produces higher blood levels. For most individuals, the recommended dose of ODT is one tablet at least 60 minutes before sexual activity. Do not take more than one dose within any 24-hour period.
Orally disintegrating tablets should be placed in the tongue then allowed to dissolve before it should be swallowed. Do not take it with any liquid.