Hypertension drugs and Ed drugs

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   Posted 9/27/2009 4:53 AM (GMT -6)   
  ...I think that this forum is the best on the Internet...A question,...I have found that I have a better erection when I skip my Hypertension med on the day that I take Levity....I take Norvasc ,a vascular relaxant, for hypertension and have done for 10 years or so,but I find that I feel too relaxed when I have them together on that same day .... I also find that the ED drugs make me very focused/have reduced anxiety-mellow feeling and I sleep like a baby that evening...I do however get a greater amount of anxiety/depression the follow day.....I do suffer from a bit of depression and asked GP about this...He `said that the happy pills kill the sex drive...So I decided to stay with  the sex drive... Any thoughts....Jack

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 9/27/2009 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
It looks like you've found what works best for you.

Age 54   - 5'11"   205lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.

James C.
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   Posted 9/27/2009 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd check with the doc about skipping BP drugs. Lots of them require a regular- daily amount in the system, with no low levels dropping to keep control. Skipping a day may do wonders for the ED but MIGHT come at a risk of heart related issues. Ask the doc...
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP 110gms.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
24 mts: PSA's: .04 each test since surgery

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   Posted 9/27/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I too, wouldn't skip the BP med without strict doctor's approval, could be dangerous in the long run. For depression, if you need a med for that, can tell you first hand that the Lexapro/Celexa drugs and their generics work well for minor depression, anxiety, and even painic disorder, but they will eliminate any natural sex drive. Doesn't keep you from performing if you want to, but just takes the entire thought out of your head. Good luck.

David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20%, Contained in capsule, 1 pos margin
2009 PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/09 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out  38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., agreed to start radiation, mapping on 9/21/9, 9/24 - mtg & procedure? with uro/surg, IMRT starts 10/5/9

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   Posted 9/27/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with James. Skipping the BP drugs could put you at risk. I'm on Zestril and have to take it every day.

All the ED drugs do reduce your blood pressure but only for a short time. I discovered that if I took a Zestril and Cialis within an hour of each other, I would get dizzy because my BP dropped into 100/60 range.
Age 60, PSA 2007 4.1, PSA 2008 10.0
Diagnosed April 2008, Biopsy: 6 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
CT and Bone Scan negative, Open surgery at Shawnee Mission Medical Center May 21, 2008
Right side nerves spared, Radical prostatectomy and lymph node dissection
Cather removed on June 3rd, totally dry on July 9th, pT2c, lymph nodes negative
PSA Sept 28, 2008 0.00, PSA Jan 22, 2009 0.00, PSA June 29, 2009 0.00
ED Status- Currently using Trimix, Levitra daily for increased blood flow.
Noctural Erections have completely returned on a nightly basis, same hardness as before.

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   Posted 9/27/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
If anything a controlled BP helps yous sex drive

The 1st thing an ED doc will check is to see if you have an elevated BP, if you did they would put you on a BP med anyway

A Heart attack or Stroke from high BP will most certainly affect your sex drive.
Age: 52
PSA (2008)=1.9
Biopsy on Jan 09, 2009
One (1) out of twelve (12) cores was positive, plus external nodule found
Gleason Score = 3+3
Surgery (Da Vinci, robotic prostatectomy): 4/7/09
Removed Catheter: 04/19/09
100% bladder control - Pad free 7/09
PSA 7/09 undetectable, under .0

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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 300
   Posted 9/27/2009 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you considered injections? I have been on them for well over a year with no side effects. Could be a good alternative.
Age 65
Diagnosed 10/12/07
PSA 6.3
Biopsy 18 core samples, 2 positive <5%
Stage T1a Gleason 6 (3+3)
LRP  1/29/08
Gleason 7 (3+4)
1 positive margin (.3cm)
4/16/08- Started Bi-mix injections 
5/15/08- 1st Post-Op PSA 0.07 Undetectable
8/11/08 -2nd Post-OP PSA 0.02 Undetectable
8/15/08- No more pads as of today  Whoopee!!!
11/13/08- 3rd post-op PSA 0.02 Undetectable
03/02/09- 1 yr. post-op PSA .09 Undetectable
05/13/09   PSA .18 (ouch)
Started IMRT June 13, 2009
Completed 37 treatments July 31, 2009 (66.6gy)

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