So you're suffering from erectile dysfunction, and you've decided it's time to do something about it. You're considering taking the drug Levitra, but the thought of taking another medication makes you wary. This is fine as the best way to stay safe is by being informed, and how this drug works is something we're here to help you understand.
An erection occurs when a large amount of blood enters the penis. When a man is aroused the group of muscles in his penis relax, thereby allowing his blood to flow into his penis. However, there is a chemical called phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) that when released, keeps the necessary penile muscles from relaxing. This causes the erection to reverse. Levitra works by blocking the release of PDE5. The blood can flow to and remain in the penis allowing an erection to be maintained if this chemical is not released.
This medication does not cause sexual arousal, and it is not an aphrodisiac. In order for it to work, you must be sexually stimulated. If you are not aroused your body will not release the chemicals that allow the muscles in your penis to relax, and blood flow will not increase to the area. Levitra works by enabling the penis to accept the blood by blocking the chemical working against it; it will not force the blood to the area if there is no sexual arousal.
Levitra is available in a variety of strengths, from 2.5 to 20 milligrams. To ensure the correct dosage, it is best to discuss your options with your physician. In most cases you will begin with a relatively low dose and adjust the strength based on your reaction. Some men find that this medication works more quickly than other drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction. It is usually recommended that it be taken an hour before engaging in sexual activity, but for some men it works within 15 to 20 minutes. It varies between individuals, and it can vary depending on whether or not you have had alcohol or fatty foods. Though Levitra is less sensitive to food and alcohol than the other erectile dysfunction medications, these factors do impact how quickly you will notice the effect.