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If I have had one heart attack, are ED medications safe to take?

After a heart attack, the doctor may prescribe a nitrate-based drug for chest pain or an alpha blocker to lower blood pressure, and these medications are not safe to take along with drugs to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), like Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil) or Levitra (vardenafil). Taking ED medication with nitroglycerin or other nitrate-based drugs -- for example, Isordil, Monoket, and Nitrostat -- or with an alpha blocker -- like Cardura, Minipress, and Hytrin -- can cause a sudden, unsafe decrease in blood pressure.

If you are taking a nitrate-based drug or an alpha blocker, talk to your doctor about ED treatment that is right for you.

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