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5 medicines that can cause erectile dysfunction

Are you on medicines to control your blood cholesterol levels? That could be a reason for your erectile dysfunction.

Written by Poorva Chavan | Updated : May 24, 2017 7:12 PM IST


Erectile Dysfunction

Stress, anxiety, nervousness and low testosterone level are a few common causes of erectile dysfunction which mostly people are aware of. But did you know your regular medicines could also affect your ability to get an erection? Here are a few medicines that could cause erectile dysfunction.



Diuretics, beta and alpha blockers—These medicines are prescribed to help you control your blood pressure and one of the side effects is erectile dysfunction [2]. Alpha blockers decrease the nitric oxide /nitric oxide synthase levels in prostate and smooth muscles of the penis leading to erectile dysfunction. [3] So it is best to control your blood pressure with dietary control over depending on medicines.


Anti Depressants

Antidepressants—They are often prescribed to treat depression, anxiety disorder, eating disorder, chronic pain and severe menstrual cramps. These medicines are known to affect the serotonin-uptake-inhibitor which causes erectile dysfunction. [4] Also Read - 5 Superfoods For Full Body Detox



Antipsychotics—Used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric disorders these medicines can also cause erectile dysfunction. Antipsychotics are known to have an antagonistic effect on certain receptors like the histamine receptor, dopamine receptor, chlolinergic receptor and alpha adrenergic receptor which have been lined to erectile dysfunction.[5]