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Is it Safe to Take Viagra When You Have Hypertension?
2 Jun. 2016

high blood pressure and ed drugsHypertension is a serious problem for both men and women, about 65 million Americans suffer from this condition. It is a known fact that it contributes to heart problems and increases the chances for a stroke or heart attack. But this disorder can be also one of the causes of erectile dysfunction in men. If hypertension is controlled improperly, it can reduce the ability of the body to increase the flow of blood when required making it more difficult to achieve erection.

There are three stages of hypertension and each requires proper medicinal treatment. That is why it is essential for a man who has high blood pressure and wants to take an erectile dysfunction medication to know if the drugs he takes for the treatment of this condition are compatible with such medications.

The active component of Viagra is Sildenafil Citrate, an PDE-5 inhibitor that was initially developed for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. However, it has turned out that this medication is much more effective for the widening of the blood vessels of the pelvic organs rather than the coronary vessels of the heart. Such effect results in increased blood flow to the penis and thus promotes erection provided there is sexual stimulation.

As such, Sildenafil is not dangerous for those who are suffering from hypertension if they do not receive concomitant antihypertensive therapy with medications containing nitrates, for example, nitroglycerine. Both Sildenafil and nitroglycerine are potent vasodilators – they work by relaxing muscles in the blood vessels and promoting their dilatation. Combined use of these medications causes sudden and life-threatening drop in blood pressure. Such decline in blood pressure inevitably provokes the disturbance of the blood supply to the myocardium and cerebral blood vessels that can be followed by a myocardial infarction or stoke. doctor checks blood pressureHowever, Sildenafil Citrate has not been reported to provoke decrease in blood pressure in people taking such antihypertensive preparations as alpha-blockers, diuretics, beta-blockers or ACE inhibitors.

So, if you have hypertension and are suffering from problems with your erection, the best you can do before taking such ED medications as Levitra, Cialis or Viagra is discuss their use with your healthcare provider. Sometimes the cause of erectile dysfunction can be hidden in the medications you are taking for hypertension, beta-blockers, for example.

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