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Friday, March 06, 2009

Redefining Unsafe

The Cialis commercial for its product that treats E.D. (think Viagra) warns to not take nitrates (i.e. nitroglycerin, Imdur, Isordil, etc.) while on Cialis because it may cause an "unsafe drop in blood pressure." This is dangerously misleading as the Cialis/Viagra/Levitra/Revatio family of medicines can cause "refractory hypotension." "Refractory" meaning that even in the presence of intravenous medications to increase your blood pressure (e.g. dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, vasopressin) your circulatory system may not be able to overcome the drug-drug interaction.

So if you ever go to an emergency room and are diagnosed with a myocardial infarction (i.e. heart attack), and you took a pill for E.D. within 24-48 hours, let your physican and nurses know so they don't hang a bottle of IV nitroglycerin.

This post is for entertainment purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Consult your personal physician for all health-related matters.

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