Why Viagra and Nitrate can’t be taken together?

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Viagra is a vasodilator. as the smooth muscle relaxes and the blood vessel dilates, this promotes influx of blood flow to the penis causing an erection. Since it is a vasodilator it can cause hypotension or low blood pressure. For those who have heart problem and is taking nitrates for anginal pain, nitrates is a vasodilator itself. It relaxes the smooth muscle of the arteries causing good blood flow to the heart. An adequate blood flow to the heart will relieve the anginal or ischemic pain. For this reason taking 2 vasodilators together can cause severe hypotension, this may lead to shock and eventually death if not treated immediately.

Individuals who have angina are usually advised to take their nitrates prior to a vigorous activity or any activity that may cause angina pain. This could be the reason why most males take nitrates prior to sex but at the same time take viagra as well, not knowing the synergistic effect of both. Recently I saw an advertisement about pros-T-vac. It is a gadget used to enhance erection. This can be a promising alternative for men with heart problem.

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Viagra is not only used for erectile dysfunction but it is now being prescribed for pulmonary hypertension. For this reason female population are not excluded. It is therefore important during an emergency to let the doctor knew that you are taking prescription viagra especially if you are having chestpain.

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