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vardenafil hcl

vardenafil hcl

VARDENAFIL HCL (LEVITRA) NEWS AND RESEARCH

Vardenafil relaxes muscles of the blood vessels and increases blood flow to particular areas of the body.Vardenafil is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence).Vardenafil may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

COMMON BRAND NAMES

Levitra, Staxyn

HOW SHOULD I TAKE VARDENAFIL (LEVITRA, STAXYN)?

Staxyn (vardenafil disintegrating tablets) should not be used in place of Levitra (vardenafil regular tablets). Avoid medication errors by using only the form and strength your doctor prescribes.Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Vardenafil can be taken with or without food.

Remove an orally disintegrating (Staxyn) tablet from the package only when you are ready to take the medicine. Place the tablet in your mouth and allow it to dissolve without chewing. Swallow several times as the tablet dissolves. Do not take Staxyn with liquid.

Interactions

Consult your pharmacist or physician.Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

DOSING CONSIDERATIONS

Hepatic Impairment

Patients with mild hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh class A): No dose adjustment is required. Patients with moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh class B): Decrease starting dose to 5 mg/day PO using the regular tablets; the maximum dose should not exceed 10 mg/day PO. Do not use vardenafil orally disintegrating tablets in patients with moderate hepatic impairment.Patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh class C): Do not use.

Renal Impairment

CrCl 30 mL/minute or more: No dosage adjustments are needed.

Hemodialysis

Do not use vardenafil in patients requiring dialysis; vardenafil has not been studied in these patients.

STORAGE

Levitra:

- Store at 77 degrees F; excursions permitted to 59-86 degrees F

Staxyn:

- Store at 77 degrees F; excursions permitted to 59-86 degrees F

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