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Can medications cause sexual side effects?

Bonnie Lynn Wright, PhD
Geriatrics Nursing
Yes. Particularly blood pressure medication. This can interfere with getting or maintaining an erection for men. Since treatment for hypertension is common for diabetics and diabetes is so common, erectile disfunction due to blood pressure medication must also be a common side effect. If this is your experience, discuss it with your physician. He or she may be able to adjust your medications to lessen the problem.
Madeleine M. Castellanos, MD
Psychiatry
Sexual side effects from medications are quite common in both men and women. For guys, those side effects usually manifest as erectile problems, delayed ejaculation, and a lower libido. Studies suggest that an estimated 75 percent of people who experience sexual side effects from prescribed medications don't tell their doctors. But disclosure is important: If your guy is having sexual dysfunction and is on any kind of medication, it's worth him talking to his physician about possible substitutes or alternatives.

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