ALERT: Revatio is another brand name for sildenafil

Dynamics. 2009 Spring;20(2):41-2.


In this column, the authors highlight a medication incident that occurred with Revatio (sildenafil), along with the learnings and recommendations from a previously published ISMP Canada Safety Bulletin. It is well-known to health care practitioners that use of nitroglycerin therapy is contraindicated in patients taking sildenafil (commonly known as Viagra). Many health care practitioners may be unaware that sildenafil is also marketed under the brand name Revatio for treatment of primary pulmonary hypertension or pulmonary hypertension secondary to connective tissue disease. The following incident signals the need to heighten the awareness that Revatio is a brand name for sildenafil.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Contraindications
  • Drug Interactions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension, Pulmonary / drug therapy
  • Medication Errors / prevention & control*
  • Medication Systems
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Ischemia / drug therapy*
  • Nitroglycerin / pharmacology*
  • Piperazines / pharmacology*
  • Purines / pharmacology
  • Sildenafil Citrate
  • Sulfones / pharmacology*
  • Vasodilator Agents / pharmacology*


  • Piperazines
  • Purines
  • Sulfones
  • Vasodilator Agents
  • Sildenafil Citrate
  • Nitroglycerin