Staxyn

Generic Name: Vardenafil

  • What is Staxyn?

    Staxyn is a medicine, containing vardenafil, taken by mouth for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. Staxyn may help a man with ED get and keep an erection when he is sexually excited.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Staxyn?

    Staxyn can cause your blood pressure to drop suddenly to an unsafe level if it is taken with certain other medicines. With a sudden drop in blood pressure, you could get dizzy, faint, or have a heart attack or stroke.

    Medicines called alpha-blockers, which are used to treat high blood pressure and prostate problems, may significantly lower blood pressure when used with Staxyn. You should not start Staxyn if you take alpha-blockers. However, your doctor may allow you to use Staxyn if you have previously used and tolerated vardenafil film-coated tablets.

    Staxyn contains phenylalanine, which can harm people who have phenylketonuria (a rare condition where your body cannot break down the amino acid phenylalanine). Talk to your doctor if you have phenylketonuria.

    Staxyn may uncommonly cause an erection that won't go away (priapism) and color vision changes. If you get an erection that lasts more than 4 hours, get medical help right away. Priapism may cause lasting damage to your penis if not treated right away.

    Rarely, a sudden decrease or loss of vision in one or both eyes and a sudden loss or decrease in hearing have occurred. If you experience these symptoms, stop Staxyn and contact a doctor right away.

    Staxyn does not cure ED, increase a man's sexual desire, protect from sexually transmitted diseases, or serve as birth control.

  • Who should not take Staxyn?

    Do not take Staxyn if you take any medicines called "nitrates." Nitrates are commonly used to treat chest pain from heart disease.

    Do not take Staxyn if your doctor has told you to not have sexual activity because of health problems. Sexual activity can put an extra strain on your heart, especially if your heart is already weak from a heart attack or heart disease.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Staxyn?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Staxyn. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a bleeding problem, blood cell problems (such as leukemia and sickle cell anemia), a deformed penis shape or Peyronie's disease, eye problems, fructose intolerance, hearing or heart problems, a heart condition called prolongation of the QT interval, high/low blood pressure, a history of an erection that lasted more than 4 hours, a history of seizure or stroke, kidney or liver problems, phenylketonuria, and stomach ulcers.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Take one tablet about 1 hour before sexual activity. Some form of sexual stimulation is needed for an erection to happen with Staxyn. Do not take more than one tablet a day. Doses should be taken at least 24 hours apart.

  • How should I take Staxyn?

    Take Staxyn exactly as prescribed. Do not take with liquid. You may take Staxyn with or without meals.

    Take immediately upon removal from packaging. Place Staxyn on your tongue where it will dissolve rapidly. Take the whole tablet and do not crush or split it.

  • What should I avoid while taking Staxyn?

    Avoid starting any new medicines without first consulting your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Staxyn?

    If Staxyn is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Staxyn with the following: alfuzosin, doxazosin, tamsulosin, arrhythmia medicines (such as amiodarone, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol), clarithromycin, erythromycin, HIV medicines called protease inhibitors (such as atazanavir, indinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir), nitroglycerin, itraconazole, ketoconazole, or recreational drugs called "poppers" (such as amyl nitrate and butyl nitrate).

  • What are the possible side effects of Staxyn?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: back pain, dizziness, flushing, headache, indigestion, runny/stuffy nose, upset stomach

  • Can I receive Staxyn if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Staxyn is not for use in women.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Staxyn?

    Staxyn is not for regular use. Take it only before sexual activity. Do not take more than one tablet in 24 hours.

  • How should I store Staxyn?

    Store at room temperature.

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