Erection Weakening Drugs and Erectile Dysfunction
Prescription medications are sometimes unavoidable. Unfortunately, many of them have negative side effects, which may weaken an erection or cause erectile dysfunction. Which drugs weaken erection the most? Why do these drugs have adverse effects and is it possible to mitigate or completely eliminate their negative effects on erection?
Statistically, it can be said that older men are more likely to have erection problems due to use of medication. It is due to statistically more frequent occurence of diseases and use of prescription drugs in inappropriate combinations. The probability of erection problems asociated with use of a drug can be found in the package leaflet. On the positive side, however, the negative effects of the medication often disappear once the body adjusts to the use of a medicine or it may not affect you at all!
Prescription Drugs That Weaken Erection The Most
Certainly the most commonly prescribed drugs that can weaken erection and cause erectile dysfunction are antihistamines (Cimetidine (Tagamet), Diphenhydramine (Benadryl), Meclizine (Antivert), Promethazine (Phenergan), Dimenhydrinate (dramamine), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Nizatidine (Axid), Ranitidine (Zantac) ) and analgesics and opiates for pain (Codeine, Meperidine (Demerol), Oxycodon (Oxycontin Percodan), Fentanyl (Innovar), Methadone, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Morphine) .
In addition, the following groups of drugs can cause temporary erectile dysfunction:
Antidepressants And Other Psychiatric Drugs
It is important to have a balanced hormon levels in order to achieve a firm erection. Antidepressants often alter dopamine, prolactin or serotonin levels, which also affects the subsequent ability to get an erection.
The most commonly prescribed antidepressants that may affect erectile dysfunction are:
- Amitriptyline (Elavil)
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Phenytoin (Dilantin)
- Amoxapine (Asendin)
- Fluphenazine (Prolixin)
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Buspirone (Buspar)
- Imipramine (Tofranil)
- Thioridazine (Mellaril)
- Chlorodiazepoxide (Librium)
- Isocarboxazid (Marplan)
- Thiothixen (Navane)
- Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Tranylcypromine (Parnate)
- Clomipramine (Anafranil)
- Meprobamate (Equanil)
- Trifluoperazine (Stelazine)
- Clorazepate (Tranxen)
- Mesoridazine (Serentil)
- Desipramine (Norpramine)
- Nortriptyline (Pamelor)
- Diazepam (Valium)
- Oxazepam (Serax)
- Doxepin (Sinequan)
- Phenelzine (Nardil)
High Blood Pressure Medication And Excretory Drugs (Diuretics)
These drugs prevent the relaxation of smooth muscle, which prevents enough blood from flowing into the penis and the ability to get an erection decreases or completely disappears. In this respect, the statistics are also relentless - up to 25% of all cases of erectile dysfunction are caused by high blood pressure medication!
- Atenolol (tenormin)
- Guanabenz (Wytensin)
- Nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia)
- Bethanidin Guanethidin (Ismelin)
- Phenoxybenzamine (dibenzyline)
- Bumexide (Bumex)
- Guanfacin (Tenex)
- Phentolamine (regitin)
- Captopril (Capoten)
- Haloperidol (Haldol)
- Prazosin (Minipress)
- Chlorothiazide (Diuril)
- Hydralazine (Apresoline)
- Propranolol (inderal)
- Chlorthalidone (Hygroton)
- Hydrochlorothiazide (Esidrix)
- Reserpine (Serpasil)
- Clonidin (Catapres)
- Labetalol (Normodyne)
- Spironolactone (Aldacton)
- Enalapril (Vasotec)
- Methyldopa (Aldomet)
- Triamteren (Maxzide)
- Furosemide (Lasix)
- Metoprolol (Lopressor)
- Verapamil (Calan)
Chemotherapy can damage parts of the nervous system that transmit erotic arousal from the body to the brain. If this communication is disrupted, the brain may not send the correct signal to induce an erection.
These are mainly the following drugs:
- Antiandrogens (Casodex, Flutamide, Nilutamide)
- Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan)
- LHRH agonists (Lupron, Zoladex)
- Busulfan (Myleran)
- LHRH Agonists (Firmagon)
Testosterone Production Reducing Medication
Testosterone is the most important androgen for both sexual libido and erection. Drugs that block testosterone production are most often used to treat prostate cancer and can be discontinued in a few months or years.
The following groups of drugs have a negative effect on natural testosterone production:
- antihistamines (diphenhydramine, dimenhydrinate)
- heart medicines (digoxin, spironolactone)
- corticosteroids (prednisone, methylprednisolone)
- antiandrogens (cyproterone, flutamide, bicalutamide)
- opioids (oxycodone, morphine)
- antipsychotics (chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, haloperidol)
Parkinson's Disease Medication
Parkinson's disease medications can also have a negative effect on achieving an erection:
- Benztropin (Cogentin)
- Bromocriptine (Parlodel)
- Procyclidine (Kemadrin)
- Biperiden (Akineton)
- Levodopa (Sinemet)
- Trihexyphenidyl (Artane)
How Can You Treat Erection Problems And Which Drugs Are Best For Erectile Dysfunction?
If you have an erection problem caused by medication, try talking to your doctor to change or reduce the dose. However, never discontinue the medication yourself!
In other cases, after detecting erectile dysfunction it is most effective to use Sildenafil, Levitra with Vardenafil, Stendra with Avanafil or Cialis with Taladafil.
Firmness of erection can be achieved by improving the passage of blood vessels, which you can achieved by following a healthy diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, legumes and low-fat meat.