What drugs can cause erectile dysfunction?

There are many diverse types of drugs that can cause erectile dysfunction (ED) as a side effect. Some common categories of drugs that can cause ED include:

  1. Cardiovascular drugs: These drugs, such as blood pressure medications and beta-blockers, can affect blood flow to the penis and cause ED.
  2. Hormone therapy: Medications that affect levels of hormones in the body, such as testosterone replacement therapy, can cause ED.
  3. Antidepressants: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a type of antidepressant that can cause ED.
  4. Opioid painkillers: These drugs can affect blood flow to the penis and cause ED.
  5. Antihistamines: These drugs can cause dryness in the mucous membranes and affect sexual function.
  6. Diuretics: These medications can affect hormonal balance and blood flow to the penis, causing ED.
  7. Alcohol and recreational drugs: Excessive use of alcohol or illegal drugs can cause ED.

It's important to consult with a healthcare professional if you have concerns about ED and the medications you are taking. It may be possible to switch to a different medication or adjust the dosage to reduce the risk of ED.

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