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Monitor recipients of phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors for glaucoma, pending more clinical evidence of risk

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Glaucoma is a leading cause of bilateral blindness. Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5Is; e.g. avanafil, sildenafil, tadalafil and vardenafil) may increase blood flow to the ciliary body, thereby elevating intraocular pressure and increasing the risk of glaucoma. PDE5Is are commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction, as well as benign prostatic hyperplasia (tadalafil) and pulmonary hypertension (sildenafil). Patients receiving PDE5Is require glaucoma education and ongoing screening, especially if they are taking a high dosage of a daily PDE5I or have risk factors for glaucoma (e.g. increased age, African-American or Hispanic race, hypertension, intraocular pressure > 21 mm Hg, diabetes, suspicious eye changes or a family history of glaucoma).

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Monitor recipients of phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors for glaucoma, pending more clinical evidence of risk. Drugs Ther Perspect (2020).

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