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Why Viagra and Nitroglycerin Shouldn’t be Taken Together?

Julian Carter
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Sildenafil is the main component of Viagra. Sildenafil is a safe and effective treatment for Erectile Dysfunction (ED).

Its side effects, such as nasal congestion and headaches, are minor.

Most of these are highly unlikely to have any significant negative impact on your health.

The interaction between Nitroglycerin and Viagra can significantly affect your body.

In the article below, we have outlined how this interaction happens. Why does using Viagra and Nitroglycerin pose a possible risk to your health?

Combining Viagra and Nitrates

The FDA has issued a warning against combining Nitrates with Viagra.

Nitrates and ED medications have the same impact on your blood vessels’ diameter. 

The interactions between these medicines can cause your blood pressure to drop low

This can also have an impact on your mental clarity and cardiovascular health.

You require a certain minimum blood pressure to take Nitrates for any heart conditions. Taking Viagra and Nitrates together can cause a heart attack. 

Nitroglycerin, Isosorbide Dinitrate, Isosorbide Mononitrate, etc., are nitrates that may interact with Viagra. 

Systemic Hypertension is the primary condition that these drugs are used to treat.

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Warning
Do not stop the dosage of any of the two medicines due to the other. Consult your doctor and get information regarding the time interval and dosage to be taken.

Read the medication’s label to see if any active chemicals might interact with Viagra.

Alpha-blockers and other cardiovascular medicines can interact with Viagra.

Moreover, Viagra may interact with recreational Nitrate-containing substances like Amyl Nitrate and Butyl Nitrate “poppers.” 

Consuming Viagra and these poppers together is unsafe, so avoid consuming them.

Viagra and Nitroglycerin

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chest pain

It is not advised to combine Nitroglycerin and Viagra. Mixing these medicines may result in severe blood pressure drop, causing cardiovascular collapse

Other adverse symptoms include Headaches, Flushing, and Priapism may also become more likely. 

If you suffer tightness or pain in your chest while taking Viagra, get help immediately. 

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Do not take Nitroglycerin even if it’s been days since you took Viagra. Consulting a doctor is of the utmost importance. 

Please inform your doctor about all medicines you take, vitamins, or herbal remedies; they are vital.

Conclusion

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cardiovascular problem

If you take Nitroglycerin to treat chest pain, you shouldn’t take Viagra.

Combining these medications can cause your blood pressure to drop. This drop in blood pressure can be fatal.

Mixing Viagra with Alpha-Blockers and Riociguat may have adverse health effects.

Thus, before taking Viagra and Nitroglycerin, it’s crucial to consult a doctor.

Consult a doctor if you want to treat your ED when you have Hypertension, Angina, or any other cardiovascular problem. 

They will be able to provide you with further information about better alternatives.

Glossary
Priapism: It is a prolonged penile erection. The full or partial erection lasts for hours after being stimulated sexually or isn’t brought on by it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you take Sildenafil after Nitroglycerin?

Due to the possibility of developing fatal Hypotension, Sildenafil is categorically prohibited in individuals taking any long-acting Nitrates or using short-acting nitrates.

Is Nitroglycerin like Viagra?

Nitroglycerin isn’t like Viagra. Nitric oxide is produced from nitroglycerin. This chemical widens blood arteries, increasing blood flow. Viagra inhibits PDE5, which is responsible for restricting penis blood flow.

How long after Nitroglycerin can you take Viagra?

The time interval between the two medicines must be at least 24 hours. Still, consulting a doctor is very important for the appropriate dosage information.

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