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Can tranquilizers cause erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Yes, you can relax your way into erectile dysfunction (ED). A long list of medications can cause sexual problems, including ED. That includes tranquilizers such as diazepam (Valium) and chlordiazepoxide (Librium). Many tranquilizers are for short-term use only. Your doc may prescribe a tranquilizer to help you deal with overwhelming anxiety while you get psychological help to learn coping skills. Work with your doc to get over your immediate anxiety. You do not want to rely on tranquilizers for the long term, anyway. Especially when they can interfere with your ability to have a satisfying sex life, the best way ever discovered to reduce anxiety.
 Dr. Cathy Provins-Churbock, PhD
Critical Care Medicine
Yes, medications, including tranquilizers, are a common cause of erectile dysfunction. Do not stop taking medication without consulting your physician.

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