Medications and Sexual Dysfunction

Written by: Dr. Ángel Cunill Castro
Edited by: Top Doctors®

If you have experienced a change in your sex life, after starting a medication and currently, it is not as you think it should be - or as it was before, check with your doctor, even if you find it uncomfortable or embarrassing to raise the problem. (If the advertising that appears on TV is able to play these types of subjects in the living room of your house, surely you will be able to approach them in a doctor's office, without any doubt). At least, it serves to rule out whether the cause of sexual dysfunction has to do with medications, before going through diagnoses that may result in the prescription of more drugs or changing that medication to another that does not have that side effect and unwanted.


Medications can cause sexual dysfunction

Some prescription drugs can cause one in four cases of sexual dysfunction , and this figure may not reflect the true extent of the problem. Many medications and the abuse of some substances can affect either desire, arousal or sexual performance in man. It must be taken into account that what produces impotence in some men may be totally innocuous for another man, so that they are individual responses and this is how the problem is to be approached.

Never take a medication on your own, without consulting your doctor first, if you think it is affecting your sexual performance. Never stop taking a medication without first consulting with a professional, who can offer you another as an alternative, since in most cases there is another option; and suppressing treatment abruptly may endanger your health

Some drugs can affect the endocrine system of peopleand can alter vascular circulation, increasing the risk of dysfunction.

What drugs can cause sexual dysfunction?

Drugs that are used in many diseases can affect hormones, whether male or female (endocrine system), have an effect on neurotransmitters, (nervous system), and can alter vascular circulation, increasing the risk of erectile dysfunction. The list of possible drugs involved is long, and we outline the groups of drugs and others that are important in this regard: 

  • Diuretics and some antihypertensives (beta or alpha blockers)
  • Antidepressants, anxiolytics, antiepileptics, antipsychotics and muscle relaxants-Antihistamines and some anti-inflammatories
  • Some to treat Parkinson's disease or dyslipidaemia
  • Certain antiarrhythmics and group of histamine H2 receptor inhibitors
  • Some medications for adenoma or prostate cancer and chemotherapy
  • Alcohol, amphetamines, opiates ...

For more information, consult a sexual dysfunction specialist .

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Ángel Cunill Castro
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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