Bloomberg is pushing a story, tonight, that highlights the serious side-effect risks associated with the entire currently-approved class of so-called "erectile dysfunction" drugs: they shouldn't be taken with any blood pressure medicines -- and 56 other commonly-ingested drugs (and many home redmedies). Let's listen in:
. . . .The Washington-based group Public Citizen posted a list online today of prescription drugs and herbal remedies to avoid when taking. . . Levitra. The 56 products range from treatments for high blood pressure and chest pain to grapefruit juice and St. John’s wort.
. . . .Levitra work[s] by relaxing muscles in blood vessels, which increases blood flow to the penis and spurs an erection. This may be amplified when taken with certain medicines for hypertension, causing a dangerous drop in blood pressure that may lead to a heart attack or stroke, Public Citizen said.
Other drugs prevent the body from appropriately breaking down erectile dysfunction pills, leading to either a toxic buildup of medicine or a less effective treatment, Public Citizen said. . . .
Drugs That May Cause ED Drug
Toxicity by Decreasing CYP3A4 Activity
CARDIZEM, CARDIZEM CD,
DILACOR XR, TIAZAC**
CALAN, CALAN SR, COVERA-HS,
ISOPTIN, ISOPTIN SR, VERELAN
The full Public Citizen listing is now online, free. A press release may also be accessed here.
Be careful under those sheets.
Or maybe -- just maybe: "Why take the risk, for a vanity drug, at all?"