Male impotence with medication: risks and treatment options

Male impotence with medication: risks and treatment options

Although impotence is not the most dangerous side effect that comes with taking certain medications, the condition can significantly affect your well-being.

Many anti-anxiety and sleep-aid medications are known to cause impotence in men, which can often interfere with the overall purpose of the drug. Other types of drugs that may cause impotence in men include:

  • Antihistamines
  • High blood pressure medicine
  • Diuretics
  • Parkinson's disease medications
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormonal medicines

In addition to these prescribed drugs, the use of recreational drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, nicotine and amphetamines, can also cause male impotence.

Although male impotence can be a problem when using these substances, every man responds differently. Some may not encounter this side effect at all. In the event that you have experienced male impotence, there are many drugs available that can help combat this side effect.

Despite the availability of drugs that treat impotence, your urologist will likely try switching the medication that caused impotence first. If switching doesn't solve the problem, you can look into several alternative treatment options.

According to the Mayo Clinic, oral medications, such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, all work to treat impotence by enhancing the effects of nitric oxide. This is a natural chemical that the body produces which relaxes muscles in the penis. As a result, blood flow is increased and the ability to get an erection upon sexual stimulation is restored. 

In the event that oral medications do not effectively treat the problem, other forms of treatment include Alprostadil self-injection, testosterone replacement, penis pumps, and psychological counseling. It's always best to talk to your doctor before undergoing any treatment for male impotence, since some treatments may not be appropriate for your condition.


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