Levitra® (vardenafil HCl) is a prescription medication used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). At this time, this medication is not available in generic form. Yet, if you search the Internet, you may find several companies online claiming to sell "generic Levitra."
Several risks are involved with buying so-called "generic Levitra" online. For one thing, you could you get a product that is ineffective for ED. You could also end up taking a drug that is substandard or potentially dangerous. In addition, this medication might not even have the right active ingredient.
Because these products are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is no way to tell if your medication is fake, contaminated, or expired. In recent years, more and more online pharmacies (some of which are not actually pharmacies at all) have come under fire for offenses such as these.
Finally, when ordering drugs through an online pharmacy that is not legitimate, you have no way of knowing if your personal information will be kept safe.
The best thing you can do is continue treatment with brand-name Levitra as your healthcare provider recommends. Your healthcare provider will let you know when an approved generic version is available.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Levitra [package insert]. West Haven, CT: Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation;2007 March.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind.
Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click