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We often blame all kinds of things for erectile dysfunction, ranging from stress at work to the male menopause, but one possible cause that is often overlooked is medication. We are taking medicine to make us feel better, so we tend to forget that it can also cause unwelcome side effects. However, medication could be to blame for as many as 1 in 4 cases of erectile dysfunction.

medication and erectile dysfunction

Which Medications Can Cause Erectile Problems?

Many different types of medication can have an impact on your sexual health because of the way that they affect your body. However, some of the conditions that require treatment with these drugs can also be linked to erectile dysfunction. For example, men who have erectile problems are also more likely to have high blood pressure as both conditions are linked to your age and to lifestyle factors such as being overweight or smoking. It can therefore be difficult to tell whether the medication is responsible the erectile problems, or if there are other underlying causes. Nevertheless, we do know that some drugs can affect your sexual function so this is an important possibility to consider when looking for the cause of these symptoms.

Some of the most commonly taken medications that can cause erectile dysfunction include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Blood pressure medication
  • Hair loss drugs like Procepia
  • Diuretics used to treat liver, kidney and heart problems

What You Can Do

If you are taking medication for any reason, then you should:

  • Be aware of the potential side effects of your medication so that you know what to look out for, but remember that these side effects are rare and taking the drug is important for your health
  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you think you’re experiencing any adverse reactions, including erectile dysfunction
  • Make sure that you tell your doctor about any medications you are taking when you seek help for erectile problems or any other health issues