Can Prescription Drugs Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

It's Really Common

Allergy medications, blood pressure pills, and antidepressants list erectile dysfunction as a "common side effect"

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Disclaimer: This information isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should never rely upon this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.

Prescription Medications that Can Cause Erectile Dysfunction

Many common prescription drugs—like allergy medication, antidepressants, and blood pressure pills—can cause erectile dysfunction. In fact, 8 of the 12 most commonly prescribed medications list “erectile dysfunction” as a side effect. Prescription medication can cause decreased libido, reduced sensitivity, and even interfere with normal blood flow. Prescription drugs that commonly cause medically induced erectile dysfunction include:

  • SSRIs (anti-depressant medication)
  • Beta Blockers (blood pressure medication)
  • Anti-hypertensives (blood pressure medication)
  • Diuretics (high blood pressure medication)
  • Antifungals (like Ketoconazole)
  • Histamine H2-receptor antagonists (for treating acid reflux disease)
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Antihistamines (allergy medication)

Erectile Dysfunction and Prescription Drugs

Getting an erection is a complicated process that involves hormones, nerves, and blood pressure changes. When prescription medication changes how one of these factors works—like a drop in blood pressure—ED is a common side effect. And the problem is that when most men experience ED as a side effect of medication, they typically do one of two things:

  1. Stop taking their medication
  2. Live with erectile dysfunction

To be clear: Neither of these options is a good idea.

How to Treat Medically Induced Erectile Dysfunction

You should never stop taking a prescription medication without your doctor’s supervision. But that doesn’t mean you should accept medically induced erectile dysfunction as par for the course. Fortunately, there’s a simple three-step approach to deal with medically induced erectile dysfunction:

  1. Examine your old prescriptions – Ask your doctor if you still need to take all of your prescriptions. Many people take prescriptions they no longer need out of habit
  2. Explore alternative medications and treatment options – Talk to your doctor about alternative treatment options and medications
  3. Ask if ED medication is right for you – Explore if oral ED meds like Viagra or Cialis can treat your ED and if they have any interactions with your other prescriptions

Medically Induced Erectile Dysfunction

Your health our health. And you don’t have to stop taking life-saving medication to treat ED. Talk to your doctor to see if you can alter the medication that’s causing your ED toIf you’re experiencing ED.  A frank discussion can lead to alternative medications or treatments, and a better discussion about ED. Just remember that you should never stop taking a prescription medication without the supervision of a doctor.

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