You will be surprised to know that certain medications that your doctor prescribes can take a toll on your sexual life!
Let’s see what kind of drugs can impact your sexual function:
Blood Pressure medication
Medications used for treating high blood pressure associated with sexual dysfunction include:
- Beta-blockers: They are prescribed for lowering the blood pressure. This drug, however, also interferes with the way how you achieve an erection.
- Diuretics (water pills): They are prescribed for decreasing the fluid levels in the body for lowering the blood pressure. Some diuretics can decrease the blood supply to the penis, essential for penile erection.
Keep in mind; not all blood pressure medications will interfere with your sexual function. If you are suffering from high blood pressure, discuss with your doctor if you have any concerns with your sexual life.
These are prescribed for treating depression especially for disorders of anxiety, eating, etc.
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs): Their side effects include erectile dysfunction.
- Other antidepressant medications reported to impede with sexual function are:
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors, etc.
Antidepressant medications interfere with sexual function plausibly by blocking the chemicals that send a signal to the brain, affecting the areas of sexual function. Others drugs can lead to ejaculation failure and a decrease in libido.
Speak to your doctor if you are on antidepressants and facing issues with your sex life. Your doctor can switch the medication.
Some drugs used for treating high cholesterol are associated with interfering with sexual function like:
Statins and fibrates: These are used to check high cholesterol levels. Limiting cholesterol, which is essential for the synthesis of sex hormones, can interfere with the production of testosterone, etc. Further, these drugs have been reported to cause erectile dysfunction.
If you suffer from high cholesterol, discuss with your physician other treatment options if you are facing any problems during sex.
These are prescribed for treating gastrointestinal disorders like gastric ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcers, etc. Their side effects include a decrease in libido and erectile dysfunction.
Changes in you diet and discussing with your doctor can help you to address your sexual concerns.
Do not stop taking any medication on your own. List down the current medication including any supplements that you take and discuss with your doctor the sexual issues you are facing. Your doctor can switch the medication or reduce the dosage depending on your current health status.
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