11 doctors weighed in:
What classes of medications are helpful to treat or control pulmonary hypertension?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Charles Burger
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
5 doctors agree
In brief: PH Cure
There are 9 available medications for pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) including phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, endothelin receptor blockers and prostaclins.
The treatment can be quite effective but does not generally cure pah. Lung transplant can cure the disease but has other significant issues.

In brief: PH Cure
There are 9 available medications for pulmonary arterial hypertension (pah) including phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, endothelin receptor blockers and prostaclins.
The treatment can be quite effective but does not generally cure pah. Lung transplant can cure the disease but has other significant issues.
Dr. Charles Burger
Dr. Charles Burger
Thank
Dr. Donald Elton
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Donald Elton
Dr. Donald Elton
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
And in vasodilator responders (investigated in cardiac catheterization lab) calcium channel blockers
Dr. Housam Hegazy
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
In brief: Depends on the cause
There are multiple causes of pulmonary hypertension and based on the cause the treatment should be focused.
For group 1 pulmonary hypertension that is caused by idiopathic hypertension (unknown cause) and a positive vasoreactivity test (test to see if the disease responds to the vasodilators) then some vasodilators can be given.

In brief: Depends on the cause
There are multiple causes of pulmonary hypertension and based on the cause the treatment should be focused.
For group 1 pulmonary hypertension that is caused by idiopathic hypertension (unknown cause) and a positive vasoreactivity test (test to see if the disease responds to the vasodilators) then some vasodilators can be given.
Dr. Housam Hegazy
Dr. Housam Hegazy
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Adam Smith
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
382K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors