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Medications that Impair Erection

psychiatrist, sexologist, psychotherapist
  • Published:
    01 June 2023
  • Updated:
    16 February 2024
Medications that Impair Erection

Approximately 25% of the male population has erectile dysfunction due to taking certain medications. As a man ages, his health begins to fail and often requires long-term or continuous medication, and many drugs adversely affect the different stages of intercourse. 

Which Pills Affect Potency

The development of medication-associated erectile dysfunction is indicated by a relatively quick start. Among the drugs that worsen potency are the following groups:

  • Hypotensive and inhibitors (anapriline, reserpine, octadine, labetalol, and others) reduce blood pressure and, consequently, blood pressure in blood vessels, including those related to the genital system.
  • Psychotropics (antidepressants, neuroleptics, tranquilizers) help relieve stress and fatigue, with prolonged use, decrease libido and, inhibit orgasm, and stop ejaculation. In some cases, a decrease in potency was observed even when taking peppermint drops or tincture of motherwort.
  • Diuretics (furasemide, veroshpiron, spinolactone, etc.) contribute to the accumulation of estradiol and reduction of androgens, which reduces sex drive and potency.
  • Hormonal drugs (corticosteroids, estrogens, antiandrogens), which athletes and athletes are trying to build muscle, are not harmless. By blocking the activity of testosterone, the drugs hurt the sexual performance of the man.
  • Lipid-lowering drugs prescribed to lower blood lipids (clofibrate, lovastatin, pravastatin, etc.) lower cholesterol levels and reduce testosterone production.
  • Gastrointestinal medications (cimetidine, ranitidine) cause a decrease in secretion in the stomach, disrupting hormone metabolism in the male body and suppressing testosterone. 
  • Antihistamines, when taken for a long time, along with drowsiness and apathy, reduce potency and libido.
  • Analgesics, including acetylsalicylic acid, reduce the level of prostaglandins E1 in sperm, which sometimes leads to impotence. 

What to Do When Libido Decreases?

A temporary decrease in libido is not a reason to focus on the problem. Increased anxiety can cause psychogenic erectile dysfunction, which is more difficult to cure than canceling the drugs that worsen potency.
To cure one ailment without damaging the other organs, it is necessary to take an individual approach to prescribing medications, carefully weigh the benefits and harms of a drug, and then you do not have to restore male sexual function.
It is categorically forbidden to self-medicate. When taking any medication and worsening erections are recommended to contact the doctor who prescribed the proper.

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