Levitra - Which Dosage is Right for Me?

Levitra tablets contain an active ingredient called vardenafil. Each tablet contains either 5mg, 10mg or 20mg vardenafil. Your doctor – or online doctor – will make a dosage recommendation based on your medical history. For men who are trying Levitra for the first time, the recommended dose is 10mg


Medically reviewed by

Dr Babak Ashrafi

Last reviewed: 19 Nov 2028

Which Different Dosages Are There?

Levitra is prescribed in different dosages. The dose you are prescribed depends on your medical history. Most men can take the standard dosage of 10mg, but patients who suffer from some liver or kidney problems or other health issues are prescribed the lower dosages.

Which dosage you can take may also depend on other medications you are taking, so it is important that you mention any medications you are currently on to your prescribing doctor.

5mg tablets – may be suitable for men who can’t take the higher dosage due to a medical condition or the medication they are taking.

10 mg tablets – standard recommended dosage when taking Levitra for the first time.

20 mg tablets – prescribed to men who find that the 10mg dose is not enough.

Which dosage is best for you depends not only on your general health but it also depends on how effective the drug is for you. As with many other types of medication, erectile dysfunction drugs like Levitra do not work equally well for everyone. Some men may find 10mg highly effective, while others need to take the 20mg dose to get an erection hard enough for sex.

While it is recommended that you try the 10mg dose first, your doctor may later increase or decrease your dosage. This will depend on whether you’re happy with the effect of the medication or not.

Why Are the Dosages of Levitra Different to Viagra?

Levitra contains a medicine called vardenafil. It works in the same way as sildenafil, which is the active ingredient in Viagra. However, vardenafil and sildenafil are not the same substance and they are effective in different dosages.

Common dosages for Viagra are 50mg and 100mg. For Levitra, however, the most commonly prescribed dosages are 10mg and 20mg.

Can I Take More Levitra Than I Have Been Prescribed?

If you are on one of the lower doses of Levitra and you find the effect too weak, you will most likely be able to take a higher dosage but it is recommended that you try the lower dose on at least 4–8 separate occasions first.. However, you should always ask the doctor who prescribed your medication to make sure the higher dose is suitable for you.

Can I Take More Than 20mg Levitra?

The maximum dosage of Levitra is 20mg. You must not exceed this dosage, as this increases the risk that Levitra causes side effects, including serious ones such as priapism (a prolonged and / or painful erection which can damage your penis). If Levitra doesn’t work for you, there are other medications you can try, such as Viagra, Cialis or Spedra.

If you generally find that erectile dysfunction tablets do not help you, you should consult your doctor. Your GP can carry out an assessment to establish why you are having erection problems and recommend an alternative treatment, for example a penis pump, or refer you to a specialist to discuss other treatments such as injections. Although ED treatment in the form of Viagra Connect is now available to buy over the counter, it is always a good idea to see your GP to check for any underlying causes for your ED and to make sure that ED medication is safe for you to take.

How Often Can I Take Levitra?

It is important that you do not take more than one Levitra tablet per day.

You also shouldn’t take it every day. If you have sex several times a week, a daily treatment such as Cialis daily may suit your needs better.


British Society for Sexual Medicine guidelines on the management of erectile dysfunction in men (2017) J Sex Med [accessed 3 April]Levitra (2019) EMC [accessed 3 April]Management or erectile dysfunction (2019) NICE [accessed 3 April]

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