Levitra (Vardenafil) – This drug is most commonly sold as the brand name Levitra. In combination with sexual stimulation, it works to increase blood flow to the penis and help men to get and maintain an erection. Vardenafil is best taken 1 hour before sexual activity and should only be taken once per day. Doses need to be taken at least 24 hours apart. This is one of the drugs that will have its effects enhanced by grapefruit or grapefruit juice so you want to avoid taking it with those. Vardenafil does not have any other current medical uses.
Uses in Bodybuilding
PDE5 inhibitors are commonly used by bodybuilders and professional athletes as performance enhancing drugs. The first thing they do is increase blood flow. PDE5 inhibitors increase blood flow not only to the penis, but to the rest of the body as well. This will cause a much more intense “pump” and also increase the speed of nutrients being shuttled to the muscles. Another thing they do is actually increase testosterone levels. They do this by preventing some conversion from testosterone to estrogen. This will actually result in higher testosterone and lower estrogen levels. Bodybuilders must remember that while these products are very effective as a “pre workout” drug, the body can become dependent on them very quickly. This could potentially lead to someone needing a PDE5 inhibitor for sexual activity.