Sildenafil is used to treat high blood pressure in the blood vessels in the lungs (pulmonary arterial hypertension). Sildenafil works by relaxing and widening the blood vessels in the lungs, and ultimately lowering the pressure in the lungs.
This should improve your symptoms such as breathlessness, and increase your ability to exercise. This medication has to be taken on a daily basis.
This medication may also be used for other conditions. Check with your healthcare professional if you are unsure why you are given this medication.
Common side effects include:
Rare but serious side effects include:
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
Female patients of childbearing age should take precautions to avoid pregnancy by seeking advice from gynaecologist for effective contraceptive methods. If you suspect you may be pregnant, inform your cardiologist as soon as possible.
Avoid taking grapefruit,or grapefruit juice as they may interact with your medication and increase the risk of side-effects.
Drinking alcohol may increase the blood pressure lowering effects of the medication, which can be dangerous. To get the maximum benefit from your medication, it is advisable not to drink excessive amounts of alcohol before taking this medication.
Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking or intend to take any other medication, supplements, traditional medications or herbal remedies.
This includes certain medications such as:
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.