Now, when you look specifically at the drugs that improve erectile function, such as Viagra, such as Cialis, such as Levitra, if anything, they actually lower blood pressure a little bit. And if anything, they have a positive effect on the coronary flow in the heart. So to my way of thinking these drugs are rarely contraindicated in hypertensive patients. And even if—and I see a lot of complicated hypertensive patients who are on triple and quadruple and quintuple therapy—even in these patients, I have no hesitation to prescribe one of these drugs.
ANNOUNCER: Although it is generally acceptable to take erectile dysfunction medication if you have hypertension, there is one major caution: If you are taking nitrates for coronary disease or angina, erectile dysfunction medication should be avoided. This combination of drugs can cause dangerous dips in blood pressure.