Can I Take Viagra if I’m on Nitrates?

No!

Viagra and nitrates together can be fatal!

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Disclaimer: This information isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should never rely upon this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.

Nitrates and Viagra Don’t Mix

Nitrates help lower your blood pressure. Viagra also lowers your blood pressure (it’s part of how Viagra helps you get an erection). But when you take nitrates and Viagra at the same time, the combination can lower your blood pressure to dangerously low levels.

Nitrates, Viagra, and Blood Pressure

Nitrates increase the amount of nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide makes blood vessels expand—that’s why nitric oxide is an important part of how erections work. And when blood vessels expand, blood pressure drops. Viagra also drops your blood pressure by expanding those same blood vessels to let more blood into the penis. (That’s why men get flushed when they take Viagra). The problem happens when you combine the two medications.

Viagra changes how you break down nitric oxide. So adding even more nitric oxide to your system can make your blood pressure plummet. It’s a deadly one-two punch. Never take Viagra while taking nitrates. Period.

Can I Take Viagra if I’m on Blood Pressure Medication?

If you have problems with your blood pressure (if it is too high or too low) or if you’re on blood pressure medication, talk to a doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough for sex and that Viagra is a safe treatment option for you. Viagra can interact with blood pressure medications, like nitrates, alpha-blockers, riociguat, and other antihypertensives. If you’re on these medications, or if you have a heart condition, Viagra may not be safe for you. These are not all of the risks and contraindications for Viagra. For more safety information, please see IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION for Viagra.

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