If you suspect your low libido might be related to your medication, talk to your doctor. He or she will probably be able to suggest an alternative. Depression is a well known libido killer, but so are some antidepressants. Prozac, Zoloft, and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors SSRIs improve mood by raising serotonin. You have options.
Medications That Can Affect Sexual Desire and Pleasure
Medications That Can Affect Sexual Desire and Pleasure - Our Bodies Ourselves
Many medicines and recreational drugs can affect a man's sexual arousal and sexual performance. What causes erection problems in one man may not affect another man. Talk to your health care provider if you think that a drug is having a negative effect on your sexual performance. Never stop taking any medicine without first talking to your provider.
AARP's caregiver resource center can help family caregivers navigate their roles. Visit today. Indeed, studies show that prescription medications are responsible for as many as one of every four cases of sexual dysfunction — and this figure may understate the extent of the problem. How they can cause sexual dysfunction: Researchers say that by limiting the availability of cholesterol, a building block of hormones, these drugs likely interfere with the production of testosterone, estrogen and other sex hormones. Additionally, statins can cause rhabdomyolysis, a breakdown of muscle tissue, leading to joint pain and fatigue.
Medication side effects are a common cause of sexual problems. And, the more drugs you take, the greater your odds are of experiencing an issue. For example, in a recent study of men ages 45 to 69, those who took three to five drugs were 15 percent more likely to have erectile dysfunction than men taking two or fewer. Men who took six to nine drugs were 51 percent more likely to have erection problems. Common culprits are high blood pressure drugs such as beta blockers, including atenolol Tenormin , clonidine Catapres , metoprolol Lopressor , and methyldopa Aldomet , and diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide Hydrodiuril.