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Causes of Erectile Dysfunction (cont.)

What Medications May Cause Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Medications used in the treatment of other medical disorders may cause erectile dysfunction. If you think erectile dysfunction is caused by a medication, talk with your doctor about drugs that might not cause this side effect. Do not just stop taking a prescribed medication before talking with your health care provider. Common medications associated with erectile dysfunction are:

  • Antidepressants (medication for depression) can cause ED. You should discuss with your doctor the different antidepressant choices, your response to them, and their risk of causing ED.
  • Antipsychotics (for psychological illness)
  • Medications used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), including diuretics and beta-blockers, may cause ED. Not all blood pressure medications are associated with ED; alpha-blockers, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, and angiotensin II receptor blockers don't appear to cause ED. If you are on a blood pressure medication, have an ED talk with your doctor about whether or not your medication may be contributing to your ED and if there is an alternative blood pressure medication that is safe for you to try.
  • Antiulcer drugs, such as cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • Medications to treat prostate cancer, such as goserelin (Zoladex) and leuprolide (Lupron), and medications to treat benign enlargement of the prostate, such as finasteride (Proscar) and dutasteride (Avodart)
  • Drugs that lower cholesterol, such as statins (for example, atorvastatin [Lipitor]), may lower testosterone levels. Whether or not this effect can cause ED requires further evaluation.
  • Alcohol abuse: Alcohol in large amounts can cause sedation, decreased sex drive (libido), and transient ED. Chronic abuse of alcohol can lead to liver damage, low testosterone levels, high estrogen levels, and nerve damage that can affect the penile nerves.
  • Recreational drugs such as marijuana and cocaine
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/5/2017
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