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Can acid reflux medications cause erectile dysfunction?

Both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications to treat acid reflux and heartburn can cause erectile dysfunction (ED). OTC H2 (histamine) blockers that can cause problems getting and keeping an erection include cimetidine (Tagamet) and ranitidine (Zantac). The prescription drug metoclopramide (Maxolon and Reglan) can also cause ED.

If think your medication is causing ED or has lowered your sex drive, don’t stop taking it without talking to your doctor first. You may be given a different dose or switched to another medication.

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