Viagra, Cialis and High Blood Pressure

There is a proven link between erectile dysfunction and high blood pressure, where among other risk factors the latter can induce the former. Generally, this happens this way. In the course of time, high blood pressure hardens and narrows blood vessels damaging their lining and in this way limiting the blood flow; this is what we know as atherosclerosis. When this occurs, the first arteries exposed to the damage are usually the smallest ones, those in the penis. That is when a man encounters the problem of generating an erection, maintaining it and completing an intercourse on the whole. We know this problem as erectile dysfunction.

For some reason both disorders, even if experienced for quite a bit of time, are usually ignored by most men. For that reason as well most men turn to their doctors for help when the problem becomes really bugging. And that is where they may face the problem of how to treat both high blood pressure and erectile dysfunction and do that without causing even more damage. The matter is that medications used to treat hypertension or its side effects may also cause erectile dysfunction. This means that, even if a man does not suffer from ED caused by hypertension yet, the drugs for it can quicken the process.

The matter seems pretty serious and certainly requires some research, which, however, will be conducted in relation to treatment with major ED drugs: Viagra and Cialis.

Can I Combine Viagra/Cialis with Blood Pressure Medications?

Blood Pressure Medications

Yes and no.

Generally, it is safe to combine either Viagra or Cialis with hypertension medications provided your doctor is fully aware of every single aspect of your medical history when prescribing either of the drugs. This means that such drug classes as diuretics and beta blockers will hardly be recommended to you as they can increase the possibility of erectile dysfunction if you have none yet, or worsen the symptoms if the problem already exists. Additionally, taking either Viagra or Cialis when being treated with the drugs belonging to the classes mentioned above can be fatal, as such a combination is contraindicated.

Although there is a suggestion that this treatment alternative may be solved through adjusting the medication schedule, it is certainly better to avoid such a therapy. Shifting to other medications that are less likely to cause the dysfunction on the one hand and are considered to produce less severe effects when being combined on the other will be more appropriate. As an alternative your doctor may recommend you take ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers or angiotensin II receptor blockers for your high blood pressure and either Viagra or Cialis for erectile dysfunction. Surely, all the dosages and intake schedules will be fully individualized.

Does Viagra/Cialis Lower Blood Pressure?

Taking Viagra or Cialis may contribute to a blood pressure drop but not as significantly as caused by hypertension medications. This means that if your blood pressure is within relatively healthy limits with a slight tendency to occasional increasing, the drugs can produce some blood pressure lowering effect when taken. However, it should be mentioned that, while uncontrolled blood pressure requires constant treatment, medications for erectile dysfunction are taken only when needed, and using those with another (blood pressure lowering) purpose seems unreasonable. It should be remembered that ED drugs already feature such properties.

Which one of these is considered more beneficial in terms of blood pressure lowering is another question. Thus, unlike Viagra that usually causes more side effects, Cialis is considered to be a more practical medication. This means that although taken when needed, Cialis can be used daily in reasonable doses. And, on the other hand, a major property that distinguishes tadalafil from other active ingredients is another ”why Cialis for blood pressure lowering” is considered to be a better option. One more question, however, is what dosage can be taken with this purpose.

Does Viagra/Cialis Raise Blood Pressure

Viagra and Cialis can potentially produce some adverse reactions, but none of those is blood pressure raising. An effect like this is not foreseen by the drugs’ formulae. Even theoretically, none of the drugs that enhance the levels of nitric oxide, an important chemical compound known for its vasodilating properties (blood vessels relaxation with subsequent widening), can cause raising of blood pressure. On the contrary, both medications are known to produce a healthily hypotensive effect in hypertensive men, provided the medication used is taken in strict accordance with the given prescription information and current treatment instructions.

As for normotensive men, these might experience clinically insignificant decrease in blood pressure, which is considered absolutely normal and generally expected. However, such men should strictly stick to the given instructions and recommendations. This, for instance, means that despite relative compatibility of Viagra and Cialis with alcoholic beverages (within very reasonable bounds), men taking either of the drugs must not abuse alcohol. An excess amount of that combined with ED pills can lead to potentially life-threatening lowering of blood pressure. It should be also clear that no other substance abuse is allowed either.

Conclusions

1. It does not matter whether erectile dysfunction is caused by high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, or by side effects of hypertension medications taken, Viagra and Cialis cannot be combined with hypertension drugs.

2. Both drugs have been formulated as nitric oxide enhancers, which has enabled them to act as blood vessels relaxants and made them blood inflow improving agents. The only blood pressure affecting result the medications can produce is a healthy lowering.