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Vardenafil is a drug commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction. In previous clinical studies, up to 80 percent of men reported that the drug allowed them to have successful intercourse. For the most part, vardenafil starts working within an hour. The medicine comes in tablet form and is usually taken one hour prior to sexual activity. The most common side effects include facial flushing, indigestion, and stuffy or runny nose.

What Is Vardenafil?

Vardenafil HCl (Levitra®, Staxyn™) is a prescription medication used for treating problems with obtaining or maintaining an erection. Levitra is the original "regular" tablet formulation of vardenafil, while Staxyn is the newer, orally disintegrating formulation of the drug.

Who Makes It?

Levitra and Staxyn are both manufactured by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. They are marketed by GlaxoSmithKline and distributed by Schering Corporation.

Vardenafil Uses

Vardenafil has been licensed to treat erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, can be a total inability to achieve an erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections. Essentially, erectile dysfunction is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.
(Click What Is Vardenafil Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

How Does It Work?

Vardenafil works by blocking a chemical that reverses an erection by causing blood to flow out of the penis. More blood in the penis means an improved erection.
(Click How Does Levitra Work? for more information.)
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