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Many people wonder, "What is vardenafil used for?" Vardenafil is used primarily to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence. "Off-label" uses of vardenafil include treatment of pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the artery that supplies blood to the lungs) and Raynaud's phenomenon. The medication is not approved for use in children, newborns, or women.

What Is Vardenafil Used For?

Vardenafil HCl (Levitra®, Staxyn™) is a medication that has been licensed to treat erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, can be a total inability to achieve 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.
 

Vardenafil: How Does It Work?

Vardenafil works by blocking the chemical that is responsible for reversing an erection. When this chemical is blocked, more blood can remain in the penis. More blood in the penis means an improved erection.
 
(Click How Does Levitra Work? for more information.)
 

Vardenafil Uses in Children, Newborns, and Women

Vardenafil is not approved for use in children, newborns, or women.
 

Vardenafil: Off-Label Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend vardenafil for something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. Some off-label uses of vardenafil include using it to treat:
 
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