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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Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be treated by urologists or other specialists or even by your general practitioner. Your doctor may recommend medication that works by relaxing penis muscles and increasing blood flow into the penis. ...

Other treatments include therapy, implants, surgery and lifestyle changes, like exercising regularly, losing weight and eating right.

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