Sildenafil is commonly known for the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction because of the brand Viagra. But little do most people know that apart from treating the debilitating effects of ED, Sildenafil is also an effective drug for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) therapy. For this, Pfizer has released a different product line for their Sildenafil which is Revatio, specifically manufactured for the treatment of PAH.
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension is a serious condition where there’s too much blood pressure in the arteries that supply the blood from the heart to the lungs. This condition occurs when the arteries have grown too thick or rigid, subjecting the heart under extreme stress making it work harder in its task of pumping blood to the respiratory system.
Sildenafil works by dilating the arteries in the heart, enlarging its diameter temporarily so the blood could pass through without the high levels of pressure. As a result, the heart will no longer have to pump blood with difficulty allowing the blood to circulate more freely in the body especially in the lungs. Since Sildenafil is a vasodilator drug, other medications that have nitrates, drugs used for hypertension and other drugs for Erectile Dysfunction should not be taken with this drug as it causes hypotension, a fatal drop in the blood pressure that could cause a heart attack.
Sildenafil Pulmonary Hypertension Dose
Revatio is the medicine that patients with PAH use because its dosages are smaller compared to Viagra. Viagra has dosages of 50mg and 100mg while Revatio only has 20mg. The other difference is Viagra is only taken when needed, maximum of once every 24 hours. Revatio, on the other hand, is taken three times a day with 4 hours’ interval in between doses.
Here are some of the reviews from patients who have experienced relief from their Pulmonary Hypertension after using Revatio (Sildenafil):
Available Pulmonary Hypertension Reviews for Sildenafil
User “KCCARL” has been using Revatio for his PAH for 2 years now. Based on the review he has provided, his condition might be severe since he was formerly taking two pills of Sildenafil 20mg three times in a day but have now upped his doses to 4 pills or 80mg of Sildenafil, taking the medicine three occasions in a day. “KCCARL” did not mention if this was the recommendation of his doctor but since he has been doing it for a long time now without any problems apart from the nasal congestions that he has been getting at first, it must be his doctor’s recommendation. The patient also mentions that he is using Letairis, a medicine also used for the treatment of PAH and Warfarin, a blood-thinning drug used to prevent blood clots reducing the risks of stroke and heart attack.
The next review is from an anonymous user who has been taking the medication for quite some time now and is pleased with the results, no side effects so far. The user is very grateful for Sildenafil, having difficulties putting it into words on how it has improved his “quality of life”. People with PAH are not allowed to engage in strenuous physical activities that’s why it’s very limiting. They are not allowed to exercise, participate in physical sports because it will endanger their health. Sildenafil does help treat PAH but there are still limits to the extent of what the patients can do or engage in as the drug only provides temporary relief and not a permanent cure. It is unfortunate that the user has to stop his Sildenafil medication because he can no longer afford it, the copay being too high for his budget.
Sildenafil Maximum Dosage
The maximum dosage of Sildenafil for Pulmonary Hypertension is 20mg, taken three times a day in intervals of 4 hours in between doses. Unlike Erectile Dysfunction that requires a higher dosage of the drug, only small doses of Sildenafil are being used for Pulmonary Hypertension to keep the condition in check. 10mg and 5mg doses of Sildenafil are also available in local and online drugstores and before this drug can be purchased, patients are required to present valid prescriptions from their physicians.
Sildenafil For Pulmonary Hypertension in Neonates
Though Pulmonary Hypertension is a rare disease, infants are not exempt from experiencing this condition. Also called Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in Neonates (or PPHN), this type of pulmonary hypertension occurs in the infant’s birth. The blood pressure in the babies’ lungs is high after they come out and it usually normalizes after the baby breathes air for the first time. But in some cases, even after the normal breathing is established, the infant continues to experience high blood pressure in their lungs which prevents them from getting the sufficient amounts of oxygen from the blood. If left untreated, this serious condition could lead to the infant’s death.
In situations such as this, doctors also administer Sildenafil to the infants to help with this serious health condition. Whether Sildenafil is administered orally or intravenously, no information is currently available for us to know how Sildenafil is given to babies. The dosage amount for PPHN is also not mentioned but since these are infants, we can be sure that doctors only administer dosage amounts of Sildenafil that can be tolerated by their bodies.
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension is a very serious condition of the heart and lungs but it became manageable with the use of Sildenafil. Sildenafil medication helps patients a lot by enabling them to function normally despite the physical restrictions that are imposed by their conditions. Though the medication is not perfect as it only provides temporary relief to PAH’s symptoms, Sildenafil has already helped patients a lot especially with its new affordable price.