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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredDo you really want to risk your life for an erection? Never stop a drug unless you get your doctor's okay. There are some drugs, including antihypertensives, that contribute to or cause erectile dysfunction (ED). You may be able to switch to another drug or another dosage that will keep your blood pressure under control without affecting your sex life. Hypertension itself can lead to ED and another drug may actually help prevent ED. You also may be able to take ED drugs such as Viagra, Levitra or Cialis along with your high blood pressure medications to counteract the side effect.
Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredIf you think your high blood pressure medication is causing ED, don’t stop taking it without talking to your doctor first. It is dangerous to stop taking blood pressure medication suddenly, as it can cause a sudden rise in blood pressure which can lead to a stroke. You may be given a different dose or switched to another medication. If erection problems persist, your doctor can prescribe treatments that can help you get and maintain an erection.
You should never stop your blood pressure medications before discussing your concerns with your healthcare provider! Your healthcare provider can prescribe alternative or additional interventions that will help manage your blood pressure and treat ED.
It is also important to review all your medications with your healthcare provider. It is possible for a combination of medications to cause ED. Share your concerns with your healthcare provider as soon as you notice them. It is recommended that you keep a journal to document any side effects or adverse reactions you have to your blood pressure medication.
Contact your healthcare provider before you stop your blood pressure medication. They will assist in finding the best interventions that work for you!