How does Levitra work?
For Levitra (vardenafil) to be effective, sexual stimulation is needed. It works by relaxing the blood vessels to the penis so allowing better blood flow. It takes between 25 minutes and one hour to work although it can sometimes work within 15 minutes. It's effect is not normally affected by eating or drinking alcohol before taking the treatment. Drinking more than 2 units of alcohol or eating a meal that has a high fat content can slow the speed of action or make it less effective.
When starting to use Levitra for the first time it is important that you give it a chance to work. It may take a few tries before things start to work again, but many patients are not told this and expect the medication to work instantly.
If it has been a while since you last had an erection, we recommend trialling the treatment (a few times) before having sex. Try to masturbate an hour after taking a tablet to get used to having erections again. It can take up to eight attempts to be effective, so always persevere with the treatment before you decide that Levitra is not working for you.
If things do not work as well as you hoped, but you did not experience side effects, ask your doctor if you can try increasing your dose, say from 10mg to 20mg, or seek advice about the many alternative treatments that exist.