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Laurie Montoya

I have pulmonary hypertension probably caused by smoking and/or drugs. I would like to share information about what drugs have helped me and would like to hear from other people regarding the same thing.

After taking antibiotics for Helicobacter pylori, my condition improved dramatically. I mean it made a big difference in what I could do after one and a half of not being able to do anything. I first noticed that I could breathe better when taking antibiotics for a tooth ache. Also sildenafil has really helped that and going to a place with a lower altitude.

I also want to say don't believe everything the doctors tell you. Look it up online for yourself and if it has too many side effects, don't take it. Start one drug at a time. If you don't feel better or you feel worse, quit taking it. If anybody has any info they would like to share with me I would appreciate it. Laurie

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