NZ Formulary



What does it do?

Vardenafil is used to treat impotence (difficulty getting and maintaining an erection) in men, and occasionally other conditions.

How should you take it?

Take vardenafil with a glass of water between one hour and five hours before having sex, or as directed.

What if you forget a dose?

Take vardenafil when required. The maximum dose is one tablet a day.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with vardenafil including:

  • glyceryl trinitrate (e.g. Nitrolingual Pumpspray®, Lycinate®)

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort) or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Prolonged erection (longer than four hours)

Changes in vision

Tell your doctor immediately

Headache, dizziness, hot flushing

Runny or blocked nose

Muscle aches and pains


Tell your doctor if troublesome

Stomach upset

Take with food

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have blood pressure, bleeding, blood, stomach, heart, liver, kidney, penis (other than impotence), hearing or eye problems, or if you have had a recent stroke.
  • Grapefruit, grapefruit juice or sour/Seville oranges may react with vardenafil. Discuss with your pharmacist.
  • If you are taking nitrate medicines (e.g. glyceryl trinitrate), you should not use vardenafil. Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist.