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If you have erectile dysfunction, a healthcare provider may prescribe Staxyn. This medication works by relaxing certain muscles in the penis, which improves blood flow to the penis. The drug is available in the form of an orally disintegrating tablet. It is typically taken about one hour before sexual activity, but not more than once in a 24-hour period. Side effects may include headaches, dizziness, and heartburn.

What Is Staxyn?

Staxyn™ (orally disintegrating vardenafil) is a prescription medication licensed to treat erectile dysfunction (also known as ED or impotence). Erectile dysfunction is the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse.
(Click Staxyn Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes This Medication?

This medication is made by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. It is marketed by GlaxoSmithKline and distributed by Schering Corporation.

How Does Staxyn Work?

Staxyn works by increasing the amount of a certain chemical that causes the muscles in the penis to relax during sexual arousal. When these muscles relax, more blood can flow into the penis. It is this blood flow into the penis that causes it to become erect.

Clinical Effects of Staxyn

In clinical studies, Staxyn has been shown to improve ED in men. In these studies, more men who took Staxyn were able to get and keep an erection than men who received a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients).
For example, in one study, 60 percent of the men who took Staxyn were able to maintain their erections long enough to have successful intercourse, compared with 27 percent of the men who received the placebo.
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