Lung and respiratory problems

Pulmonary hypertension

About Pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is high blood pressure in the arteries to your lungs. It is a serious condition. If you have it, the blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your lungs become hard and narrow. Your heart has to work harder to pump the blood through. Over time, your heart weakens and cannot do its job and you can develop heart failure.

All Medications for Pulmonary hypertension

  • Letairis
    (ambrisentan)
    Prescription only

    Letairis (ambrisentan) is a good choice for some stages of pulmonary arterial hypertension and can help relieve your symptoms, but it won't cure you.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Procardia
    (Nifedipine)
    Prescription only

    Nifedipine works well to lower blood pressure and prevent chest pain, but you have to be okay with avoiding grapefruit. You can't miss doses, and you might get persistent swelling.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Isordil
    (Isosorbide Dinitrate)
    Prescription only

    Isosorbide dinitrate is good for chest pain, but you have to be able to stick to your dosing schedule or it won't work as well.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Levitra
    (vardenafil)
    Prescription only

    Levitra (vardenafil) helps with erectile dysfunction, but it may be expensive if not covered by your insurance.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet

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  • Oxygen therapy