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Drugs That Cause Erectile Dysfunction

While many men have a normal sex life, many struggle with erectile dysfunction. Millions of men in the United States alone suffer from some degree of erectile dysfunction, which refers to difficulty in achieving and maintaining an erection. 

It’s a frustrating and embarrassing problem for men. Unfortunately, many cases of erectile dysfunction are caused by medications. 

It’s important to understand that not every man is affected in the same way, but there are a variety of drugs that can affect sexual performance. Recreational drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and amphetamines can affect blood flow to the penis. There are many prescription drugs that have this effect as well. 

Medications to Be Aware Of

Antidepressants and other psychiatric medications are the biggest offenders. These medications often affect sex drive, even for women. Some common antidepressants that men should be aware of include:

  • Valium
  • Prozac
  • Zoloft
  • Librium
  • Elavil
  • Ativan
  • Marplan
  • Serentil
  • Navane
  • Serax
  • Parnate
  • Nardil
  • Stelazine

Antihistamines and certain heartburn medicines can also cause erectile dysfunction, such as:

  • Benadryl
  • Dramamine
  • Tagamet
  • Zantac
  • Axid
  • Vistaril
  • Antivert

Here are some high blood pressure medicines and water pills that can also affect sexual performance:

  • Bumex
  • Tenormin
  • Diuril
  • Lasix
  • Vasotec
  • Tenex
  • Capoten
  • Haldol
  • Normodyne
  • Esidrix
  • Minipress
  • Lopressor
  • Dibenzyline
  • Calan
  • Aldactone
  • Maxzide
  • Serpasil

There are certain painkillers to be aware of as well, such as:

  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl 
  • Hydromorphone
  • Oxycodone
  • Methadone

Other drugs to be aware of include:

  • Estrogen
  • Propecia
  • Cyproterone
  • Amicar
  • Lanoxin
  • Avodart
  • Atropine
  • Zantac
  • Pepcid
  • Lipid-lowering agents
  • Reglan
  • Sudafed
  • Imitrex
  • Norflex
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs 

Medications for chemotherapy and Parkinson’s diseases can also be attributed to erectile dysfunction. 

Talk to Your Doctor

This is not a comprehensive list of all the medications that can cause erectile dysfunction. Therefore, if you are taking a new medication and are experiencing issues with sexual performance, discuss the situation with your doctor. 

If you are taking any of the drugs listed above, don’t just quit taking them. Not taking a certain medication as indicated by your doctor can have life-threatening effects. Always discuss the situation with your doctor before making any changes. Your doctor may be able to perform tests and blood work to see how a certain medication is affecting you. If a medication is affecting you, your doctor may be able to recommend a different drug. 

In addition, there are certain drugs, such as Viagra, which can help with sexual performance. However, Viagra does not mix well with certain medications and medical conditions, so again, don’t be embarrassed to have a conversation with your doctor. 

Contact Us Today

Certain drugs and medical conditions can lead to erectile dysfunction. If you have been affected, don’t despair. There are therapies as well as short-term and long-term options that can help.

A New York doctor from Lazare Urology can help you restore your confidence, so you enjoy a happy and healthy sex life. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call (718) 568-7516. We serve the Brooklyn area.

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