Coronary Artery Disease - Medications
Medicines are an important part of your treatment. Using them correctly can lower your risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary artery disease.
Medicine to lower blood pressure and the heart's workload
Medicine to prevent blood clots from forming and causing a heart attack
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
aspirin. If you need to take an NSAID
for a long time, talk with your doctor to see if it is safe for you.
- Blood Thinners Other Than Warfarin: Taking Them Safely
Medicine to lower cholesterol
Medicine to manage angina symptoms
Stable angina can often be controlled
with medicine such as:
If you take nitrates
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.
For more help with controlling angina, see:
- Quick Tips: Taking Charge of Your Angina.
- Using Nitroglycerin for Angina.
Help taking your medicines
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.
- Taking Medicines as Prescribed
- Dealing With Medicine Side Effects and Interactions
- Reducing Medicine Costs
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.