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Several alternatives are available if Levitra (vardenafil) is causing bothersome side effects or does not work as well as intended. Some of these possibilities include vacuum devices, surgery, counseling, lifestyle changes, and nonprescription supplements. Also, other prescription medications (including Viagra and Cialis) may be an effective alternative to the medication.

An Overview of Alternatives to Levitra

Levitra® (vardenafil) is a prescription medication used for treating impotence (also known as erectile dysfunction, or ED). Not all men will respond well to Levitra, and some men may not be able to take this medication due to side effects or drug interactions. Fortunately, there are other treatments that may be effective alternatives to Levitra. Some of these possibilities include:
  • Vacuum devices
  • Surgery
  • Other prescription medications, such as:
    • Other phosphodiesterase inhibitors, similar to Levitra
    • Penile injections or pellets
    • Testosterone injections, gel, or skin patches
  • Various nonprescription supplements and herbal treatments
  • Counseling and lifestyle changes.
Vacuum Devices
Some men cannot safely take medications for impotence, and these medications are not effective in all men. For these men, devices may be an effective alternative.
Various vacuum devices are available that work by creating suction around the penis, drawing blood into the penis. Some models are pumped by hand, while others are battery-powered. Usually, these pump or vacuum devices come with an elastic band that is placed at the base of the penis to keep the blood in the penis after the device is removed. It is a good idea to only use such devices when your healthcare provider recommends them.
A good vacuum device should also be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These approved devices have been carefully designed to limit the amount of suction that is created, which will help avoid injury to the penis from too much suction. There are many devices available (especially on the Internet) that are not FDA-approved and may not be as safe.
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