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Patient Information LEVITRA® (Luh-VEE-Trah) 086690341P Readthe Patient Informationabout LEVITRAbeforeyoustar each time you get a refill.Theremay be new information.Y helpfulto share this informationwithyour partner. This leafl placeoftalkingwithyour doctor. Youand your doctor should when you start takingit and at regular checkups. Ifyou do information, or havequestions, talkwithyour doctor or phar WHATIMPORTANT INFORMATION SHOULDYOUKNOW LEVITRA cancause yourbloodpressure to dropsuddenly if it is taken with certain other medicines. Witha sud pressure, you could get dizzy,faint,or have a heart attack o Do nottake LEVITRAifyou: * take anymedicines called "nitrates." * use recreational drugscalled "poppers" likeamyl nitrat * take medicines called alpha-blockers. (See "Who Should NotTakeLEVITRA?") Tell all your healthcare providers that you take LEVI emergency medical care for a heart problem, it will be healthcare provider to know when you last took LEVITRA. WHATISLEVITRA? LEVITRAisa prescription medicine taken by mouth for the dysfunction (ED)inmen. EDis acondition where the penis does not harden and exp sexually excited, or when he cannot keep an erection. A m getting or keeping an erection should see his doctor for bothers him.LEVITRAmay helpa man withEDget and kee he is sexually excited. LEVITRAdoes not: * cure ED * increase a man's sexual desire * protect a man or his partner fromsexuallytransmitted dise Speak to your doctor about ways to guard against sexuallyt * serve as a male form of birthcontrol LEVITRAis only for men withED. LEVITRAis not for w LEVITRAmust beused onlyunder a doctor's care. HOWDOESLEVITRAWORK? When a man is sexually stimulated, his body's normal phy increase blood flowto his penis. This results in an erecti increase bloodflowto the penis and may help men with erection satisfactory for sexual activity.Once a man has activity,blood flowto his penis decreases, and his erection WHOCANTAKELEVITRA? Talkto your doctor to decide ifLEVITRAis right for you. LEVITRAhas been shown to be effectivein men over the have erectile dysfunction, includingmen withdiabetes or prostatectomy. WHOSHOULDNOTTAKELEVITRA? Do nottake LEVITRAif you: * take any medicines called "nitrates" (See "What im should you know about LEVITRA?").Nitrates are comr angina. Anginais a symptom of heart disease and can chest, jaw,or down your arm. Medicines callednitrates include nitroglycerinthat isfound ointments, pastes, or patches. Nitrates can also be found such as isosorbide dinitrate or isosorbide mononitrate. drugs called"poppers" also contain nitrates, such as an nitrate. Donot use LEVITRAif you are using these drugs pharmacist ifyou are not sure if any ofyour medicines ar *take medicines called "alpha-blockers." Alpha-block prescribed for prostate problems or highblood pressure. withalpha-blockers, your blood pressure could suddenly level.Youcould get dizzyand faint. * youhave been toldbyyourhealthcare providertonot because of health problems. Sexual activitycan put an heart, especially if your heart is already weak from a h disease. Sareallergic to LEVITRA or any of its ingredients. The LEVITRAis calledvardenafil.See the end of this leafletfc ingredients. WHATSHOULDYOUDISCUSSWITHYOURDOCTORBE LEVITRA? BeforetakingLEVITRA,tell yourdoctorabout all your includingifyou: *haveheart problems such as angina, heart failure,irregula had a heart attack. Askyour doctor ifit is safe for youto ha Shavelowbloodpressure or havehighblood pressure th Shavehad a stroke Sorany familymembers have a rare heart conditionkno of the OTinterval(longOTsyndrome) ' have liverproblems * have kidneyproblems and require dialysis Shaveretinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic(runs infamilie * have stomach ulcers * have a bleeding problem Shavea deformed penis shape or Peyronie's disease ' havehad an erection that lasted more than 4 hours Shavebloodcell problems such as sicklecellanemia, m leukemia CANOTHERMEDICATIONS AFFECTLEVITRA? Tellyour doctor about all the medicines you take includi non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supple other medicines may affect each other. Alwayscheck with starting or stopping any medicines. Especiallytellyour do ofthe following: (vardenafil HCI) Tablets 8/03 * medicines callednitrates (See "What important information should you know about LEVITRA?") ttaking it and again medicines called alpha-blockers. These include Hytrin® (terazosin HCI), 'ou may also findit Flomax (tamsulosin HCI),Cardura® (doxazosin mesylate), Minipress® et does not take the (prazosin HCI)or Uroxatral® (alfuzosin HCI). talkabout LEVITRA . medicinesthat treat abnormal heartbeat. These includequinidine,procainamide, not understand the amiodarone and sotalol. macist. ritonavir(Norvir®) or indinavirsulfate (Crixivan®) ABOUTLEVITRA? *ketoconazole or itraconazole (such as Nizoral®or Sporanox®) 'to an unsafe level erythromycin den drop in blood * other medicines or treatments forED orstroke. HOWSHOULDYOUTAKELEVITRA? TakeLEVITRAexactlyas your doctor prescribes. LEVITRAcomes indifferent doses (2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, and 20 mg). Formost men, the recommended e and butylnitrate, starting dose is 10 mg. TakeLEVITRA no more than once a day. Doses should be taken at least 24 hours apart. Some men can onlytake a lowdose of LEVITRAbecause of medical conditions or medicines they take. Your doctor ITRA.If you need willprescribe the dose that is rightfor you. important for your * Ifyou are older than 65 or have liverproblems, your doctor may start you on a lower dose of LEVITRA. *If you are takingcertainother medicines your doctor may prescribe a lower starting dose andlimityou to one dose of LEVITRAina 72-hour (3days) period. treatment oferectile Take1 LEVITRAtablet about 1 hour (60 minutes) before sexual activity.Some form of sexual stimulation is needed for an erection to happen withLEVITRA. pandwhen a man is LEVITRAmay betaken withor without meals. helpifthe condition Donot change your dose of LEVITRA without talkingto your doctor. Yourdoctor epan erection when may loweryour dose or raiseyour dose, depending on how your body reacts to LEVITRA. Ifyou take too much LEVITRA, callyour doctor or emergency room rightaway. WHATARETHEPOSSIBLESIDEEFFECTSOFLEVITRA? The most common side effects withLEVITRAare headache, flushing, stuffy or eases,includingHIV. runnynose, indigestion, upset stomach, or dizziness. These side effects usually ransmitteddiseases' go away after a few hours. Callyour doctor ifyou get a side effectthat bothers youor onethatwill notgoaway. womenor children. LEVITRA mayuncommonlycause: * an erection that won't go away (priapism). Ifyouget an erection that lasts more than 4 hours, get medical help rightaway.Priapism must betreated as soon as possible or lasting damage can happen to your penis including the 'sicalresponse is to inabilityto have erections. ion. LEVITRAhelps visionchanges, such as seeing a blue tinge to objects or havingdifficulty EDget and keep an tellingthe difference between the colors blueand green. s completed sexual These are not allthe side effects of LEVITRA.For more information, ask your goes away. doctor or pharmacist. HOWSHOULDLEVITRABESTORED? * Store LEVITRAat room temperature between 59° and 86° F (15° to 30° C). ageof 18years who KeepLEVITRA and all medicines outofthe reach ofchildren. ihohaveundergone GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUTLEVITRA. Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions other than those described inpatient information leaflets.Do not use LEVITRAfor a condition forwhich it was not prescribed. Do not giveLEVITRAto other people, even ifthey have the portant information same symptoms that you have. It may harm them. only used to treat Thisleafletsummarizes the most important information about LEVITRA.Ifyou cause pain in your would likemore information, talk withyour healthcare provider. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about LEVITRAthat is written for idintablets, sprays, healthprofessionals. Sin other medicines Formoreinformationyoucanalso visitwww.LEVITRA.com, orcall1-866-LEVITRA. Somerecreational tyl nitrate and butyl WHATARETHEINGREDIENTS OFLEVITRA? SAskyour doctor or ActiveIngredient:vardenafilhydrochloride e nitrates. InactiveIngredients: microcrystalline cellulose, crospovidone, colloidalsilicon ers are sometimes dioxide, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, titanium IfLEVITRAis taken dioxide,yellowferricoxide,and redferricoxide. y drop to an unsafe Norvir(ritonavir)is a trademark of Abbott Laboratories havesexual activity Crixivan(indinavirsulfate) is a trademark of Merck& Co.,Inc. extra strain on your Nizoral(ketoconazole) is a trademark ofJohnson & Johnson heartattack or hea Sporanox (itraconazole) is atrademark ofJohnson &Johnson active ingredient in Hytrin(terazosin HCI)is a trademark ofAbbott Laboratories or a complete list of Flomax(tamsulosin HCI)is a trademark ofYamanouchi Pharmaceutical Co.,Ltd. Cardura (doxazosin mesylate) isa trademark ofPfizerInc. iFORETAKING Minipress (prazosin HCI)is atrademark of PfizerInc. Uroxatral(alfuzosin HCI)is a trademark of Sanofi-Synthelabo medical problems, rheartbeats, or have Manufactured and Marketed by: ivesexualactivity. at is not controlled IBA Bayer HealthCare wn as prolongation R Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation 400 MorganLane WestHaven,CT 06516 Madein Germany es)eyedisease Marketed by: multiplemyeloma, or ng prescription and nents. LEVITRAand your doctor before ctor if you take any Q GlaxoSmith Kline GlaxoSmithKline Research TrianglePark NC27709 1f Only 086690341P 8/03 12030 ©2003BayerPharmaceuticals Corporation Printed in U.S .A.