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Is Levitra Better Than Viagra?

Reviewed on 11/23/2020

What Are Levitra and Viagra?

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Levitra (vardenafil hydrochloride) and Viagra (sildenafil) both treat erectile dysfunction. One may be more effective than the other in a particular patient, but that isn’t to say one works better across the board. All prescribing decisions are based on a variety of factors you should discuss with your doctor.

Levitra (vardenafil hydrochloride) and Viagra (sildenafil) are phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitors that work by blocking the phosphodiesterase-PDE5 enzyme and are used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence or ED).

What Are Side Effects of Levitra and Viagra?

Common side effects of both Levitra and Viagra include: 

Serious side effects of both Levitra and Viagra include:

Levitra vs. Viagra

Both drugs treat erectile dysfunction, but there are some slight differences, based on published FDA label data for each drug. It’s not that one is better than the other but rather, which one is the right drug for the patient based on their history and overall physical health. 

Similarities between Levitra and Viagra include: 

  • Both Levitra and Viagra remain in the body and are active for 4 to 6 hours
  • Both Levitra and Viagra take about 30 minutes to take effect in the body
  • Both Levitra and Viagra are effective in about 80% of men who use it

Differences between Levitra and Viagra include: 

  • Levitra can be taken with food, while Viagra is meant to be taken on an empty stomach 
  • Patients who have long QT syndrome, a heart condition that causes irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and palpitations, should not use Levitra

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