Levitra is a type of medication in the category called phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors or what we call PDE-5 inhibitors. This category also includes medications such as Viagra and Cialis.
Levitra comes in several forms including a pill form. It also comes in a dissolvable form that, dissolvable strips, that you can actually put under the tongue. That medication is called Staxyn.
Essentially what these medications do is they block a certain enzyme in the penile tissues called phophodiesterase. This leads to the increase of, there's other compounds that allow for relaxation of the smooth muscle within the blood vessels to the penis.
This causes expansion of the blood vessels and the easier ability to fill the erectile bodies to create an erection.
Now with these medications, it's still required to have some stimulation in some shape or form to help facilitate the erection. Just taking the pill will not cause an erection itself. But Levitra is one of the medications that we use for treatment for erectile dysfunction.
In general, it can be taken up to one time a day. It should be taken approximately 30 minutes prior to sexual activity.
The absorption of Levitra into your body or into your blood stream may be affected by how much food you have in your stomach. That's where the dissolvable form may be a little bit more rapidly absorbed into your system and can act a little bit quicker than the pill form, which has to go into the stomach, break down, then get absorbed by your body to create its effect.
But Levitra is a very effective medication that can be used for erectile dysfunction, but it's one of several that we have in the same class, or the same category, of medications.