I had recently undergone an angioplasty and have erectile dysfunction. Can I take medication for erectile dysfunction along with other medicines?

Q. Can I take medications for erectile dysfunction along with medications for heart disease?

Answered by
Dr. Ramchandra Lamba
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 11, 2022

Hello doctor,

I have been suffering from erectile dysfunction for many years and recently underwent angioplasty surgery. Kindly help.

Thank you.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

Erectile dysfunction is common and sometimes a precursor of ischemic heart disease. As you have undergone angioplasty recently, it is advisable that before starting a drug like Viagra (Sildenafil), you consult your cardiologist about the safety of this drug. It is contraindicated in a person taking Nitrate medications for their heart disease and needs careful assessment of heart function before starting Viagra (Sildenafil) tablets or related drugs. So ask your cardiologist regarding the use and safety of Viagra (Sildenafil) in your case. If your cardiologist agrees, you can start Viagra (Sildenafil) 50 mg one hour before sexual activity. Sometimes Ginseng (the root of the plants in the genus Panax) and vitamin Niacin tablets can also be used to manage erectile dysfunction (consult your specialist doctor, talk with them and take medications with their consent).

Meanwhile, lifestyle changes are equally important for heart disease and erectile dysfunction. I suggest the following.

1. Start morning walking at least 40 minutes daily.

2. Avoid alcohol and tobacco products.

3. Reduce sugar and salt intake.

4. Take a healthy diet and avoid oily and spicy food.

Thank you.

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