Vardenafil is used to treat erectile dysfunction (inability of a man to attain or maintain an erection).
This medicine may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
Take Vardenafil exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
This medicine should be taken 1 hour before your planned sexual activity.
You may take Vardenafil with or without food.
If you have been given the orodispersible tablet:
- Remove the orodispersible tablet from the foil only just before you take it. Do not leave the tablet exposed to air. Do not push it through the foil as it is fragile and can easily break.
- Remove the tablet with dry hands by peeling the backing off the foil and tipping the tablet onto your hands.
- Place the tablet directly on your tongue as soon as it is taken out of the foil. The orodispersible tablet will immediately start to melt on the tongue. It can then be swallowed with or without water.
Do not take Vardenafil with medicines used to treat heart diseases. Please see the section “Can I take this with other medicines?” below for more information.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- heart disease such as high or low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, chest pain, recent heart attack
- bleeding disorder
- stomach ulcer
- priapism (painful erection of the penis) or any deformities of the penis
Vardenafil may cause dizziness or some problems with your eyesight. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Other side effects include any of the following: headache, flushing, indigestion, nasal congestion and back pain.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- sudden loss of vision
- sudden decrease or loss of hearing
- prolonged erection (erection lasting for more than 4 hours)
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Do not take Vardenafil if you are taking medicines used to treat and prevent chest pain caused by heart diseases such as isosorbide dinitrate, glyceryl trinitrate, nitroprusside.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- medicines for heart disease e.g. doxazosin, nifedipine, verapamil
- medicines for HIV infections e.g. indinavir, ritonavir
- medicines for fungal infections e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole
- certain antibiotics e.g. clarithromycin, erythromycin
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Vardenafil.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Avoid alcohol and excessive consumption (more than 1 litre a day) of grapefruit juice.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.