Medical News Summary: Men taking hypertension drugs can also safely use Viagra


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About: Men taking hypertension drugs can also safely use Viagra
Date: 14 January 2005
Source: Reuters Health The American Journal of Hypertension
Author: Alison McCook
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters Health The American Journal of Hypertension): A 12 week study involving 568 subjects was funded by the manufacturer of Viagra, Pfizer. The study results indicate that men who take more than one blood pressure drug can safely take Viagra as well without suffering any serious side effects to the heart. Thus, the many men who suffer from both hypertension and erectile dysfunction can safely treat both conditions simultaneously without any short-term risks. It is estimated that up to 70% of hypertension patients also have erectile dysfunction. These associated erectile dysfunctions problems may actually occur as a result of the blood pressure medications and thus many men may choose to stop taking their medications. Previously, concerns had been raised that Viagra combined with multiple hypertension drugs could cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure. The results showed there was no risk and 71% of subjects taking Viagra with their hypertension medications had an improvement in their reactions compared to 18% on placebo and hypertension medications. Over the first 6 weeks of the study, 40% of men taking Viagra and 25% of those on placebo reported side effects such as headache, flushing and abnormal vision but none of them were serious. Nevertheless 4 subjects each from the placebo and Viagra group pulled out of the study because of side effects.
URL: http://olympics.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=healthNews&storyID=7331101
Related Disease Topics: Erectile dysfunction, Hypertension, High blood pressure, Headache, Flushing, Abnormal vision

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