Medication-induced impotence is a major problem. In a survey of 1,180 men, medications were recognized as the single most common cause of impotence. The ingredients in many medications cause impotence by disrupting crucial sexual chemistry. In some cases, the medication deadens sex drive or libido. Other chemicals impede a man's ability to have erections; and a few interfere with ejaculation. In most instances, once the relationship between the medication and the sexual dysfunction is recognized and the offending substance is discontinued, sexual function returns to normal.Medications that can interfere with normal male sexual function are routinely prescribed to treat high blood pressure, heart problems, elevated blood-cholesterol levels, stomach ulcers, anxiety, and depression. These are among the most common medical problems.Physicians are often aware that the medications they prescribe can impair sexual function. They continue to write prescriptions for these medications for three important reasons:
You depend on your own internal body chemistry to remain sexually interested, active, and fertile. Anything that interferes with the transmission of your body's own internal messages can disrupt your sexual life. External chemicals in the form of prescription medications, alcohol, nicotine, or recreational drugs, alone or collectively, can intrude to disable a man's sex life. This chapter provides a guide to the types of commonly consumed prescription and nonprescription substances that can interfere with a man's libido, erections, ejaculation, and fertility.
|1.||The medication may be more effective than any other available drug.|
|2.||The same medication that produces a sexual side effect in one patient may be benign in the majority of others. (Indeed, only a fraction of men taking the same medication will suffer some impairment in sexual function.)|