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Levitra (Vardenafil Hydrochloride) - Summary

 
 



LEVITRA SUMMARY

LEVITRA is administered orally for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. This monohydrochloride salt of vardenafil is a selective inhibitor of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)-specific phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5).

LEVITRA® is indicated for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.


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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Published Studies Related to Levitra (Vardenafil)

Efficacy and safety of vardenafil for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men with metabolic syndrome: results of a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. [2011.10]
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) is increased in men with metabolic syndrome compared with the general population. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of vardenafil vs. placebo in men who had ED and metabolic syndrome... CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study to assess the efficacy and safety of vardenafil, taken alone, for ED therapy in a population of men who all had metabolic syndrome. Although baseline erectile function in these patients was low, vardenafil treatment was associated with significant improvements in erectile function and rates of successful intercourse, and was well tolerated. (c) 2011 International Society for Sexual Medicine.

The use of beat-to-beat electrocardiogram analysis to distinguish QT/QTc interval changes caused by moxifloxacin from those caused by vardenafil. [2011.09]
QT correction factors (QTc) can cause errors in the interpretation of drug effects on cardiac repolarization because they do not adequately differentiate changes when heart rate or autonomic state deviates from the baseline QT/RR interval relationship... This study demonstrated that newer methods of electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis can differentiate changes in the QT interval to improve identification of proarrhythmia risk.

Vardenafil in pulmonary arterial hypertension: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. [2011.06.15]
RATIONALE: Although the phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors sildenafil and tadalafil have demonstrated efficacy in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), monotherapy with these agents has not been conclusively shown to reduce clinical worsening events. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of the phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor vardenafil in Chinese patients with PAH... CONCLUSIONS: Vardenafil is effective and well tolerated in patients with PAH at a dose of 5 mg twice daily.

[Small-dose vardenafil restores erectile function after penile surgery]. [2011.04]
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of penile surgery on the erectile function of the patient and to evaluate the role of small-dose vardenafil in restoring the impaired penile erection... CONCLUSION: Long-term administration of small-dose vardenafil after penile surgery helps to restore and maintain penile erectile function.

Comparison of the first intake of vardenafil and tadalafil in patients with diabetic neuropathy and diabetic erectile dysfunction. [2011.03]
INTRODUCTION: Diabetic neuropathy (DN) is one of the key pathogenetic factors for diabetic erectile dysfunction (DED). AIM: The aim of this study was to compare the effect of the first intake of tadalafil and vardenafil in men with DN and DED... CONCLUSIONS: In this study design, tadalafil and vardenafil are equally effective with the first intake in patients with diabetes and DN. Baseline indicators of erectile dysfunction and the ones verifying the effect of the treatment show significant correlation with the DN indicator-NDS. Tadalafil and vardenafil are well tolerated with no serious side effects. (c) 2010 International Society for Sexual Medicine.

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Clinical Trials Related to Levitra (Vardenafil)

LEVITRA« 20mg Special Drug Use Investigation (Long-term) [Completed]
This investigation targets either the patients of 18 years-old or older and under 65 years-old with organic or mixed erectile dysfunction (ED) who cannot obtain sufficient efficacy by dose 10mg of Levitra, and the target patients dose is increased to Levitra 20mg. This investigation will be limited to the patients whose tolerability of Levitra 10mg is judged to be no problem.

LEVITRA« Specific Drug Use Investigation. To Investigate the Safety Profile in Combination Use With Alpha-blockers [Completed]
Main object is to investigate the safety profile of Levitra in combination use with alpha-blockers in patients with erectile dysfunction used in clinical practice after launch. In the initial combination date and the first and second observation after initial combination date, number of tablets prescribed, dose of tablets and number of tablets taken until follow-up visit will be investigated. The efficacy and tolerability will be evaluated at 2 months after initial combination date.

Evaluation of LEVITRA to Advance the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction [Completed]
This is a multicentre, cluster-randomized, open-label flexible dose study with a 2x2 factorial design with administration of vardenafil at a dose of 5, 10 and 20 mg doses in males with erectile dysfunction. The treatment period is for 12 weeks, after a 4 week unmedicated period for subjects taking ED medication. For ED treatment-na´ve subjects (ie, previously not treated with ED medication), the unmedicated period can be only 2 weeks. Approximately 150 investigational centres may be utilised with approximately 10 subjects screened and entered into a 4 week treatment free period at Visit 1 to subsequently enroll approximately 1380 subjects to therapy. Each centre should enroll 10 subjects. Sites should try to recruit approximately 50% of subjects who have not previously tried oral PDE5 inhibitor therapy for erectile dysfunction. An attempt should be made to enroll subjects whose partners are interested in being involved. Sites will be randomized in a 1: 1:1: 1 ratio to receive either the education intervention at the Primary care Physician (PCP) level, at the subject level, both levels or no intervention (usual care). The PCP education program is an accredited CME program and included a comprehensive overview on the screening and diagnosis of ED, the available treatment options and appropriate treatment selection, as well as subject and partner counseling. The subject education was a two-pronged approach which included physician-to-subject instruction and a direct-to-subject education method. After the unmedicated period, treatment was initiated with vardenafil 10 mg tablets for 4 weeks. This will be followed by a flexible dose titration period of 4 weeks during which subjects may maintain the previous dosage regimen or will step up to 20 mg of vardenafil or will step down to 5 mg vardenafil. There is a final 4 week treatment period where the previous dosage regimen is either maintained, increased or decreased by one step according to the three applicable dosage strengths of vardenafil (5, 10 or 20 mg). The highest applicable dosage regimen of 20 mg vardenafil will not be exceeded. A 24 hour follow-up phone call is required within 24 hours of the last dose of vardenafil to collect data concerning serious adverse events, if needed.

A Study Evaluating Vardenafil Compared to Placebo in Subjects With Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and Dyslipidemia [Completed]
This is a study consisting of four periods (screening, run-in, treatment, follow-up). A four-week treatment-free, run-in period where the subject will make at least four attempts at intercourse on four separate days with at least 50% of the attempts must be unsuccessful. During run-in the subjects will be using a stopwatch to measure the time from erection perceived hard enough for penetration until withdrawal from the partner's vagina. Next there are 12 weeks of treatment with either placebo or LEVITRA. Each subject will be required to visit the clinic on 5 occasions over a period of 4 months.

Study of Vardenafil in Patients Suffering From Erectile Dysfunction and Metabolic Syndrome [Completed]
This is a controlled, randomized, multi-center prospective study of vardenafil to determine efficacy on Erectile Dysfunction (ED), tolerability and safety in men with ED and Metabolic Syndrome. This study will explore the rate of patients who do need to switch to the highest dosage based upon the expectation that most men can stay on vardenafil 10 mg PRN (pro re nata)

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Reports of Suspected Levitra (Vardenafil) Side Effects

Drug Ineffective (123)Erectile Dysfunction (76)Headache (42)Flushing (23)NO Adverse Event (20)Nasal Congestion (15)Tinnitus (10)Dizziness (10)Nausea (10)Vision Blurred (9)more >>


PATIENT REVIEWS / RATINGS / COMMENTS

Based on a total of 4 ratings/reviews, Levitra has an overall score of 9. The effectiveness score is 9 and the side effect score is 10. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. Below are selected reviews: the highest, the median and the lowest rated.
 

Levitra review by 58 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   ED
Dosage & duration:   20mg taken as needed for the period of 1 year
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The stuff works like a charm--fast and effective.
Side effects:   None
Comments:   One pill 30 mins. before activity

 

Levitra review by 74 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Erectile dysfunction
Dosage & duration:   1/2 pill one hour prior taken 2x weekly for the period of Currently
Other conditions:   Diabetes 2, hypertension
Other drugs taken:   Gipizide, Cozaar,
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Had to take an extra 1/2 pill in addition to prescribed dose of 1/2 pill per event, usually night before in order to achieve satisfactory benefit of performance. Previously used another brand but was discontinued by HMO. Much depends on regular exercise & regular sleep activities to be effective.
Side effects:   None discerned.
Comments:   Take prescribed dosage about one-half to one hour prior to sexual activity.

 

Levitra review by 74 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Erectile dysfunction
Dosage & duration:   1/2 pill one hour prior taken 2x weekly for the period of Currently
Other conditions:   Diabetes 2, hypertension
Other drugs taken:   Gipizide, Cozaar,
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Had to take an extra 1/2 pill in addition to prescribed dose of 1/2 pill per event, usually night before in order to achieve satisfactory benefit of performance. Previously used another brand but was discontinued by HMO. Much depends on regular exercise & regular sleep activities to be effective.
Side effects:   None discerned.
Comments:   Take prescribed dosage about one-half to one hour prior to sexual activity.

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