Erectile dysfunction: Caution with medications
There are a whole lot of drugs which can cause ED. While you may think that your problem of Erectile Dysfunction is to do with your age or general disinterest in Sexual Intercourse, this could well be a medicine you are taking to treat some other problem of yours. There is a long list of medicines which have been found to affect men’s sexual health.
Go to a doctor. But then it is good to be knowledgeable enough on what all have been known to cause ED.
Antihypertensive and diuretic medications like the following have been listed by several information outlets as possible cause of ED - Atenolol (Tenormin), Bethanidine, Chlorothiazide (Diuril), Chlorthalidone (Hygroton), Clonidine (Catapres), Enalapril (Vasotec), Guanabenz (Wytensin), Verapamil (Calan), Metoprolol (Lopressor), Hydralazine (Apresoline), Haloperidol (Haldol), Guanfacine (Tenex), Hydrochlorothiazide (Esidrix), Guanethidine (Ismelin), Labetalol (Normodyne), Methyldopa (Aldomet), Prazosin (Minipress), Reserpine (Serpasil), Minoxidil (Loniten), Phenoxybenzamine (Dibenzyline), Spironolactone (Aldactone), Triamterene (Maxide), Phentolamine (Regitine), Propranolol (Inderal), etc.
Thiazides among the medicines used to treat hypertention are known to cause most commonly the Erectile Dysfunction. Beta-blockers could be the second most common.
Similarly antidepressants and medicines for psychiatry problems too can cause ED. They go thus - Buspirone (Buspar), Lorazepam (Ativan), Amitriptyline (Elavil), Meprobamate (Equanil), Nortriptyline (Pamelor), Phenytoin (Dilantin) and others used to treat depression and psychiatric problems.
Medicines with anti-histamine formulations like Phenytoin (Dilantin), Parkinson's disease medicines like Biperiden (Akineton) and Bromocriptine (Parlodel), Chemotherapy medicines and also recreational and analgesics too known to men’s sexual health.
Short term usage of the medicines has been found to be often reversible, but long-term usage has to go with caution.