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Who shouldn't take pills for erectile dysfunction (ED)?

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Men whose blood pressure isn't under control and those who take alpha-blockers (for high blood pressure or prostate problems) shouldn't take Cialis, Levitra, Staxyn, or Viagra.

You may not be able to take these drugs if you:

  • Take nitrate drugs (for chest pain)
  • Had a heart attack or stroke in the past six months
  • Have kidney or liver disease
  • Have retinitis pigmentosa (an eye disease)

SOURCES: 

American Urological Association: "Erectile Dysfunction Clinical Guidelines Panel. The Treatment of Organic Erectile Dysfunction: A Patient's Guide," 1996; and "AUA Guideline on the Management of Erectile Dysfunction: Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations," 2005. 

Gaines, K. , February 2004.  Urologic Nursing

Lamm, S. , HarperCollins, 2005.  The Hardness Factor

Medscape Drug Reference from First DataBank: "Alprostadil Urethral" and "Sildenafil Oral." 

Vivus, Inc.: "Administering MUSE," 2004. 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Urological Association: "Erectile Dysfunction Clinical Guidelines Panel. The Treatment of Organic Erectile Dysfunction: A Patient's Guide," 1996; and "AUA Guideline on the Management of Erectile Dysfunction: Diagnosis and Treatment Recommendations," 2005. 

Gaines, K. , February 2004.  Urologic Nursing

Lamm, S. , HarperCollins, 2005.  The Hardness Factor

Medscape Drug Reference from First DataBank: "Alprostadil Urethral" and "Sildenafil Oral." 

Vivus, Inc.: "Administering MUSE," 2004. 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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