Is your day to day medication causing your ED?

Is your day to day medication causing your ED?

There are plenty of factors that causes ED, but prescribed drugs or over the counter meds could be one. Several studies and researches have been done on the altercation of medication on  sexual dysfunction.

Note: if you are on a prescription drug and you experience ED, speak to your doctor to find a solution

Antidepressants drugs

Some type of antidepressants that can cause ED:

• Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, imipramine, and doxep
• Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), such as isocarboxazid and phenelzine
• Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as citalopram, fluoxetine, and sertraline
• Selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSNRIs), such as duloxetine and venlafaxine

Chemotherapy Drugs

Some chemotherapy drugs, such as cisplatin, vincristine, and bortezomib can cause peripheral neuropathy. This can affect the nervous system and can affect specifically the nerves in the penis that control erection.

BP Drugs

Some blood pressure drugs could prevent smooth muscle in your penis from relaxing which prevents enough blood from reaching your penis ending up with no erection. These include:

• Beta blockers, such as atenolol and metoprolol
• Diuretics, such as hydrochlorothiazide and chlorthalidone

Drugs that blocks and/or decrease testosterone

Decreasing the level of testosterone in your body could affect your interest in sex. The drugs are:

• Older antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine and dimenhydrinate
• Certain heart drugs, such as digoxin and spironolactone
• Corticosteroids, such as prednisone and methylprednisolone
• Antiandrogens, such as cyproterone, flutamide, and bicalutamide
• Opioids, such as oxycodone and morphine
• Older antipsychotics such as chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, and haloperidol

On the other hand, OTC drugs the less known catalysts for causing ED. Heartburn medication could be cause as these drugs are called H2-receptor antagonists and include cimetidine (Tagamet). Taking those drugs in high doses will block testosterone and cause less interest in sexual activity.

Recreational Drugs

These drugs can include illegal drugs or misused prescription drugs. These drugs can change the body functionality and cause damage. Examples of these drugs:

• Amphetamines, which can cause blood vessels to narrow, preventing enough blood from reaching the penis
• Barbiturates, which may decrease interest in sex
• Nicotine, which can decrease sexual desire
• Cocaine, which can cause blood vessels to narrow, preventing enough blood from reaching the penis
• Marijuana, which may increase sexual desire but prevent smooth muscle in your penis from relaxing to let enough blood flow in
• Heroin, which can decrease levels of testosterone and decrease your interest in sex


Several drugs could be the cause of your ED, you need to take precautionary measures to enhance your sex life and avoid the drugs that could interfere with that. Keep in mind some of those meds are crucial for your wellbeing and always consulting your doctor about any new meds would a first step into enhancing your life.

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