Medications that cause Erectile Dysfunction

medications that leads to erectile dysfuntion

There are two side effects of a drug or medication, the positive and negative side effects. Now if you are having an erectile problem or the ability to maintain a longer erection, then you might need to check on the drugs or medication that you are taking. As we grow old we have to take regular medications as maintenance for certain illness, or we shall say that men above 40 are prone to common illness that needs medications or drug maintenance.

Not every health impairment or negative side effects that is related to the use of a drug in a common understanding is caused by medication. The new signs or indications may come from the treated disease itself or from a new disease.

Can drugs really cause an erectile problem?

As we all know drugs or medications are being given to cure or give relief for a certain illness that person is feeling for the time being. But unfortunately, there are some drugs that we intake have some negative impacts that may lead to impotence problem or ED. This risk is even increased if we take more than one medications or maintenance. The side effect of medication may take a longer time to notice, sometimes this can be felt gradually as you go on with drug intake.

As earlier said, While drug intakes or medications treat the illness or condition, these can also lead negative outcome towards a man’s hormones, blood flow which increases the risk of ED or worse these will result to erection problem.

What are the medicines that cause this problem?

The list of medicines that can cause sexual dysfunction is long and beyond the extent of this article. Therefore, only a few frequently prescribed groups of medications, which are often associated with sexual disorders, are listed below:

  • Diuretics and high blood pressure drugs: diuretics and beta-blockers are especially known to cause sexual problems, these are also known as Antihypertensive agents (antihypertensives)
  • Antidepressants: Depression often has a negative effect on sexual desire (libido), orgasm and erection. An essential therapy of depression can then also improve the sexual drive again. Unfortunately, almost all antidepressants can cause or increase sexual problems in a high percentage of patients.
  • Antihistamines: there are over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants may result in erectile inability or problems with ejaculation.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: Regular NSAID is being associated with erectile dysfunction. Constant use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is related to the erectile problem.
  • Histamine H2-receptor antagonists: rampant clinical use of H2 antagonists for peptic ulcer illness has been connected with reports of ED.
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Prostate cancer medications: Although the disease is not a cause of Impotence, treatments, and surgery can lead to the problem.
    Chemotherapy drugs: these causes low libido and ejaculatory problems.
  • Multiple medications: A particular problem is the simultaneous use of multiple drugs. The individual drugs can reinforce each other or make ineffective. The potential interactions quickly become confusing as the number of drugs increases

What is a nocebo and placebo effect?

Nocebo effect is negative to placebo, an example of this is when a patient is taking the drug and resulted in adverse experience or side effects unrelated to the specific pharmacological action purpose of the drug. Nocebo comes from the Latin nocebo, which means “to harm or “I shall harm” unlike placebo it means “I shall please.” The placebo effect is well known. When patients receive a placebo in the expectation of an effective drug, a significant number will have a positive effect.


Now that you have already a piece of information about the drugs the leads to an erectile problem. If you have already taken those medicine which is prescribed by your doctor, we advise that you have made an appointment again discuss with them the possible side effects before you stop taking those, since those medications are prescribed to treat certain disease or illness.

For those who are still planning to take those drug listed without the doctors prescription or for the reason that I can easily be bought over the counter, we recommend first that you talk to a specialist about your illness or the symptoms of a certain disease that you have observed.

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Disclaimer: This page was created by non-medical professionals. The authors have carried out careful research. The information on this page is intended to help you prepare for a doctor’s visit and to facilitate the conversation with the doctor. You can not replace the conversation with the doctor!