A 33-year-old member asked:
Is the medication adcirca (tadalafil) helpful to treat pulmonary hypertension?
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Pulmonology 27 years experience
Yes: Adcirca (tadalafil) is a once a day dru called a pde-5 inhibitor. These drugs cause blood vessels to widen, which may result in a decrease in pulmonary hypertension. In original trials with the drug it improved exercise capacity (people can walk further) and decreased the risk for needing lung transplant, hospitalization or other medications.
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Pulmonary Critical Care 48 years experience
Yes: Adcirca (tadalafil) is a once a day pde 5 drug similar to viagra and affects the Nitric Oxide pathway for pulm HTN which has deficient Nitric Oxide causing arterial constriction. It may be used alone or with other drugs(eras and prostanoids). The drug is indicated for stage 2/3 pulm htn.
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Pulmonology 36 years experience
Tadalafil for PH: Fda approved treatments include oral endothelin receptor antagonists (eras), ambrisentan and bosentan; oral phosphodiesterase inhibitors, tadalafil and sildenafil; and prostanoids (iloprost, epoprostenol, and treprostinil). These treatments widen lung blood vessels and ease the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension (ph). Adcirca contains tadalafil.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
What classes of medications are helpful to treat or control pulmonary hypertension?
3 doctor answers • 11 doctors weighed in
A Verified Doctoranswered
Drugs: There are 3 classes of meds currently approved for pulmonary htn. They are endothelin receptor antagonists (tracleer and letairis), pde-4 inhibitors (revatio and adcirca) and prostacyclin analogs (remodulin, flolan, ventavis, (iloprost) and tyvaso). There are other drugs in other classes still under development.
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