Revatio Uses

How Does Revatio Work?

There are certain chemicals that help to widen or narrow blood vessels in the lungs. Certain other enzymes can break down these chemicals so that they stop working.
Revatio blocks one of these enzymes, known as phosphodiesterase type-5 (PDE5). PDE5 helps break down one of the chemicals that causes the blood vessels to relax.
By blocking PDE5, Revatio allows more of this particular chemical to be available. As a result, the blood vessels in the lungs stay relaxed and blood flows more easily through them.

Can Children Use It?

Revatio is not approved for use in people younger than 18 years of age, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Studies have shown that when used to treat PAH, Revatio increases the risk of death in children.

Off-Label Uses for Revatio

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Revatio for something other than pulmonary arterial hypertension (this would be known as an "off-label" use). Some off-label uses of Revatio may include:

Revatio Medication Information

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