Vardenafil

Description

Vardenafil relaxes the smooth muscles present in the wall of blood vessels and helps in increasing the flow of blood to the penis and hence used for the treatment of erection disorders.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Vardenafil

  • Arm, back or jaw pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Chills
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Eye pain
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Skin Rash
  • Vomiting
  • Decrease/loss of hearing

Uses of Vardenafil

What is it prescribed for?

  • Erectile Dysfuntion
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 30-60 minutes of oral administration.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Use of alcohol should be avoided or kept to a minimal level while you are taking this medicine due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects such as dizziness, fainting, flushing, persistent headaches, changes in heart rate, etc.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to vardenafil or any other components present along with it.

Riociguat

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients receiving Riociguat due to the increased risk of serious adverse effects.

Nitrate containing medicines

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients receiving any other medicines containing nitrates due to the increased risk of serious adverse effects.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.
General warnings

Deformation of penis

This medicine should be used with caution in patients having a physical deformity of the penis which may be due to angulation, cavernosal fibrosis or Peyronie's disease. The risk of permanent loss of sexual potency is very high if this medicine is used in patients suffering from these conditions. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be considered based on the patient's clinical condition.

Loss of hearing

This medicine may cause a sudden decrease in hearing capabilities along with a buzzing or a ringing sound in the ears. Stop the use of this medicine and contact your doctor immediately if such symptoms are experienced. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Loss of vision

This medicine may cause a sudden loss of vision in one or both the eyes. It may also cause impairment in color differentiation capacity. Hence, it should be used with extreme caution in patients suffering from a rare genetic disorder of the retina called retinitis pigmentosa since these patients are at a higher risk of vision loss. Stop the use of this medicine and contact your doctor immediately if such symptoms are experienced. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Surgery

Report the use of this medicine to your doctor/surgeon before undergoing any surgery including dental procedures.

Peptic ulcer disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with peptic ulcer disease due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative is necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Use in children

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients aged below 18 years.

QT Prolongation

This medicine may cause prolongation of the QT interval and worsen the patient's condition. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

This medicine is used as and when required, so the chances of missing a dose are less likely.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

N/A

Instructions

Use of alcohol should be avoided or kept to a minimal level while you are taking this medicine due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects such as dizziness, fainting, flushing, persistent headaches, changes in heart rate, etc.
Interaction with Medicine

Efavirenz

Amlodipine

Atenolol

Carvedilol

Moxifloxacin

Disease interactions

Cardiovascular disease

Report the incidence of any disease of the heart and blood vessels to the doctor. Use of this medicine is not recommended in such patients, especially in patients who are advised to refrain from any sexual activity, due to the increased risk of serious adverse effects on the heart.

Priapism

Report any incidence of prolonged and painful erection to the doctor. This may be due to underlying conditions such as sickle cell anemia, leukemia or deformation of the penis. The risk of permanent tissue (penis) damage is high in such patients and hence caution is advised while administering.

Disease of the retina

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from disorders of the retina where color discrimination is impaired since it may worsen the patient's condition. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be considered based on the patient's clinical condition.

Liver Disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with mild to moderate liver impairment due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of liver function, appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative is necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with severe liver impairment.

Renal impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with mild to moderate kidney impairment due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of kidney function, appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative is necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with severe kidney impairment.
Food interactions
Avoid using grapefruit juice in large quantities while taking this medicine. Consumption of grapefruit juice may interfere with the working of this medicine and the desired effect may not be achieved or there may be a delay in achieving the desired result.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine exactly as instructed by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than prescribed. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any severe side effects. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by relaxing the smooth muscles present in the walls of blood vessels in the penis.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Impotence agents, Phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors

Schedule

Schedule H

[Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 5 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00862

[Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 6 December 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a603035.html

[Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 6 December 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Vardenafil

Vardenafil 5 mg tablets - Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) - (eMC) [Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2019 [cited 29 May 2019]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/9656

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Information on this page was last updated on 29 May 2019

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