Font Size
A
A
A

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction (cont.)

Medications

Medications used to treat 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 doctor. Common medications associated with erectile dysfunction are: 

  • Antidepressants (for depression)

  • Antipsychotics (for psychological illness)

  • Antihypertensives (for high blood pressure)

  • 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 (More studies are needed to determine if erectile dysfunction is actually due to the high cholesterol in the blood vessels or the drugs to lower the high cholesterol.)

  • Alcohol abuse

  • Mind-altering agents, such as marijuana and cocaine

Medical Author:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:

Must Read Articles Related to Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Diagnosing Erectile Dysfunction
Diagnosing Erectile Dysfunction Men are frequently reluctant to discuss their sexual problems, particularly erectile dysfunction or ED, and often need to be specifically asked. You can assist ...learn more >>
Erectile Dysfunction
Impotence/Erectile Dysfunction Erectile dysfunction (ED) or male impotence is defined as the inability of a man to achieve and maintain an erection sufficient for mutually satisfactory interc...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Causes of Erectile Dysfunction:

Erectile Dysfunction - Causes

Please describe the cause of your ED.





Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Erectile Dysfuncton »

Sexual health and function are important determinants of quality of life.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Find Your Best Self: Discover new ways to live an inspiring life through beauty, diet, and fitness ideas.

Medical Dictionary