In recent years, a new drug class called PDE5 inhibiters has been developed to help men with erectile dysfunction (ED). Viagra, which was introduced onto the market in 1998, was the first of these drugs. Levitra was the second, and was approved by the food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in 2003. Although Levitra is similar to Viagra in many ways, Levitra supposedly works longer and may cause fewer side effects.
Erectile dysfunction used to be blamed solely on psychological factors. However, with drugs like Levitra, we now know that erectile dysfunction can also be a physical problem. For example, problems like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure can cause difficulties in getting and maintaining an erection.
Before drugs like Levitra, erectile dysfunction was treated with injections directly into the penis or with penile implants. With Levitra, however, these unpleasant and invasive treatments are no longer necessary. Now, men with ED can simply take a Levitra tablet and they will be able to engage in sexual activity.
How Levitra Works
A common misconception is that Levitra in an aphrodisiac. However, Levitra does not make men desire sex. It works on the body, not on the mind. Specifically, Levitra works by relaxing arteries in the penis so that blood can flow into the penis. As a result, when a man is sexually stimulated, he is able to get and maintain an erection adequate for sex.
The recommended Levitra dose is 10 mg taken 1 hour before sexual activity. However, a higher dose of 20 mg is available for patients who do not respond to the 10 mg dose. Two lower Levitra doses, 2.5 mg and 5.0 mg, are also available, and may be necessary for patients taking other medicines or who have certain medical conditions. In addition, Levitra should not be used more than once a day.
In recent years, ED drugs like Levitra, Viagra, and Cialis have been linked to serious side effects such as blindness and hearing loss. If you or a family member took an ED drug and suffered a serious side effect, you may be entitled to compensation for you injuries. Contact our experienced lawyers today to learn more.