Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen
are all nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and can relieve pain and
inflammation. But only aspirin will reduce your risk for heart attack or
stroke. Don't substitute ibuprofen or naproxen for
low-dose aspirin therapy. If you need to take an NSAID
for a long time, talk with your doctor to see if it is safe for you.
Do not use erection-enhancing medicines such as sildenafil
(Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), or vardenafil (Levitra) if you take nitroglycerin
or other nitrates for angina. Combined, these two drugs can cause a serious
drop in blood pressure. Talk to your doctor. There are
other medicines that may work instead to ease your angina.
Medicine is a powerful tool to help you manage your heart disease. To get the most of your medicines, take them as prescribed. This may be hard because of how many you have to take and their cost. You may also worry about side effects.
You may have regular blood tests to monitor how the medicine is working in your body. Your doctor will likely let you know when you need to have the tests.
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March 12, 2014
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