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7 OTC medicines that affect your sex life

All of these can dampen your libido.

The reasons for loss of sex drive are many. One such reason could be the pills in your medicine cabinet! All drugs come with one or many side effects. And the side effects could include loss of libido too. Here are a few medications that could be ruining your sexual appetite according to Dr Ajay Gupta, Hope Clinic, Delhi.

1. Aspirin: Non-prescription pain killers like aspirin can alter your hormones and reduce sexual desire. These medications can have an impact on the hormones responsible for getting you into the mood.

2. Antihistamines: Antihistamines, the over-the-counter cold and flu remedy, are also well-known libido dampeners. They help alleviate your allergies but are not so helpful with your love life. They can cause a temporary decrease in your sex drive.

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3. Decongestants: The decongestants can cause drowsiness. And while you might get relief when you can finally breathe after taking a cold medication, the pseudoephedrine in it can lead to vaginal dryness.

4. Anti-diarrheal medications: Medications that put a stop to unfortunate bathroom issues can also decrease libido by affecting the brain-gut axis. Here are 7 surefire ways to get your libido racing.

5. Anti-depressants: While antidepressants help uplift your mood and alleviate the symptoms of depression, it can send your sex life to a toss. Some studies have indicated that people who take antidepressants have lower libido due to less production of testosterone.

6. Contraceptive pills: Contraceptive pills alter women s hormonal balance by lowering the secretion of hormones called androgens (which includes testosterone). Testosterone is responsible for libido in both sexes and directly impacts the level of pleasure one experiences during intercourse. Here we clear a few misconceptions about libido.

7. Medications for hair loss: If you are taking medications for hair loss, beware it can kill your sex drive! Certain drugs used to treat male pattern baldness hurt the sexual health and also impacted the overall health of the person.

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