PULMONARY HYPERTENSION AND VIAGRA

Viagra keeps 2-year-old boy alive

16 March, 2008

Viagra, the drug renowned the world over as treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED), can be life-saving, too.

Oliver Sherwood, a British infant aged 2 who is suffering from pulmonary hypertension (PH), takes Viagra four times a day to stay alive.

Pulmonary hypertension is a rare condition that affects the heart and lungs and causes chronic blood pressure. Generally, people affected by pulmonary hypertension can die within a span of two years, but if medication is taken regularly the patient can live longer.

PH causes the blood pressure in the arteries in the lungs to rise, thus placing strain on the heart and reducing oxygen levels in the blood.

In fact, Viagra, chemically called Sildenafil and manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, was initially marketed as a medication for high blood pressure and angina. However, in a short time, the drug became enormously popular worldwide owing to its ability to treat erectile dysfunction satisfactorily.

In the case of pulmonary hypertension, Viagra increases the blood flow and improves circulation in veins and capillaries and, in turn, reduces high blood pressure.

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence is looking to review the cost of strong drugs to treat PH.

Sarah Sherwood, 34, Oliver’s mother, was quoted by British newspaper The Daily Telegraph as saying, "Those little blue pills are keeping my son alive. Viagra is an expensive drug, but it’s actually one of the cheapest to treat pulmonary hypertension. When he started taking it, the change was fantastic – I had my little boy back.”

She added that if the drugs for pulmonary hypertension are taken away, her son's outlook would be bleak. "The outlook for PH patients is not good, two to three years maximum, and we’re not sure whether he could go to pre-school because a chest infection could kill him. The only hope we had was that he would be maintained through medication but if anything happens in the future that hope may be taken away.”

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence, of the United Kingdom, is reviewing other drugs like Epoprostenol and Iloprost. If it is found in the reviews that Epoprostenol and Iloprost too are expensive, then only Viagra will continue to be offered on Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), media reports said.

As Oliver grows up, will need to move on to stronger drugs like Epoprostenol and Iloprost.

 

 
         
 

 

Auto news for auto freaks! iDrive.in
DWS community! / Cricket blog

 

 

 
         
 

 
         

 

 

Latest updates    Contact Us - Feedback    About Us  /  Society Archive 1, Archive 2 , Archive 3 and Archive 4