Treating pulmonary artery hypertension effectively requires the use of a wide range of medications. The treatment may require the use of several medications at one time. It is important for patients to know and understand how various medications affect their health. Understanding how different medications work in your body can help you develop an individualized treatment plan that will work best for your needs. Here are some of the different medications used in treating pulmonary artery hypertension.
ACE inhibitors are the most commonly prescribed pulmonary hypertension medications. The primary function of ACE inhibitors is to lower blood pressure, but they also have other secondary functions, including blood lipid management and blood pressure regulation. Because of the wide range of possible side effects, particularly as people age, some people should not take ACE inhibitors.
There are other medications that can effectively treat pulmonary hypertension, although not all of these medications are approved by the FDA. Patients who are already taking medications for another condition, illness, or disease may need to switch to another medication to avoid serious adverse reactions to the previous medications. Patients and providers who are considering the use of these newer medications should consult with their doctor and pharmacist to determine if these drugs are appropriate for treating pulmonary arterial hypertension. Some of these newer medications include diuretics, anti-platelet medications, propranolol, alpha-blockers, beta-blockers, and nitroglycerine. However, it is best to check with your doctor to ensure that these medications are safe for you.
There are some side effects with some pulmonary hypertension medications. These side effects include rapid or irregular heartbeat, dizziness, and increased blood pressure. Some patients experience chest pain when taking these medications. This is usually temporary, although it could cause permanent damage to a patient’s heart. Because of this danger, pulmonary arterial hypertension medications should only be prescribed by trained doctors and nurses.
Some of the more common pulmonary hypertension medications include doxycycline, cisapride, leupeptin, mesalamine, methylprednisolone, tramadol, and warfarin. Doxycycline is a commonly used intravenous drug to treat this condition because it helps reduce inflammation in the body. However, many patients also experience significant gastrointestinal problems, so this drug is less popular than some other options. Mesalamine is an intravenous form of mesalamine, which helps prevent clots from building up in the body and stopping blood flow.
On the other hand, there are some very effective medications that are available for use in the long term. One of these drugs, Tenex, is also commonly used to treat asthma. While many people do not realize it, asthma and hypertension can often be linked, as they are both conditions that cause inflammation in the body.
Tramadol is another medication often used to treat both conditions. Some of the possible side effects of this drug include headaches, stomach problems, sexual dysfunction, dizziness, nausea, and drowsiness. While these are relatively mild side effects, it is always wise to talk with your doctor before taking any medication. Many medications have some sort of side effect, and you will need to find out what they are before you make the decision to take them. As with doxycycline, there is a risk of developing an allergic reaction to Tenex, as well.
In general, if you are at a high risk for cardiovascular disease, then you should consider trying to treat your pulmonary artery hypertension before you have any other problems. However, keep in mind that while this is an option, it is not the only one. You should always make sure that you are carefully examining all your options before you make any major health decisions.