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Medications that Cause Erectile Dysfunction or Impotence

Medications Causing Impotence

There are many prescription and over the counter medications that can cause erectile dysfunction. Below is a sample list of prescription medications that may contribute to ED and/or a decrease in libido (sex drive).

If you are on one or more of these medications, they may be responsible for making it difficult for you to get an erection. Fixing the problem will require to you discuss this situation with your doctor and having your medication changed.

Some Examples
antidepressants and antipsychotics Paxil (paroxetine)
Effexor (venlafaxine)
Prozac (fluoxetine)
Celexa (citalopram)
Cipralex/Lexapro (escitalopram)
Remeron (mirtazapine)
Elavil (amtriyptyline)
Zoloft (sertraline)
Anafranil (clomipramine)
Norpramin (desipramine)
Buspar (buspirone)
Tofranil (imipramine)
Aventyl (nortriptyline)
Wellbutrin/Zyban (bupropion)
antianxiety Ativan (lorazepam)
Serax (oxazepam)
Valium (diazepam)
Librium (chlordiazepoxide)
Restoril (temazepam)
antihistamines Zyrtec/Reactine (cetirizine)
Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
Atarax/Vistaril (hydroxyzine)
Gravol/Dramamine (dimenhydrinate)
(beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, etc...)
Norvasc (amlopidine)
Cardizem/Tiazac (diltiazem)
Procardia/Toprol/Lopressor/Betaloc (metoprolol)
Inderal (propranolol)
Tenormin (atenolol)
Catapres (clonidine)
Trandate (labetalol)
Aldomet (methyldopa)
Isoptin/Verelan (verapamil)
Adalat/Procardia (nifedipine)
Vasotec (enalapril)
Apresoline (hydralazine)
Capoten (captopril)
Hytrin (terazosin)
antiarrythmics Norpace (disopyramide)
Rythmol (propafernone)
Cordarone (amiodarone)
high cholesterol medications Lipitor (atorvastatin)
Zocor (simvastatin)
Mevacor (lovastatin)
Pravachol (pravastatin)
Lescol (fluvastatin)
Crestor (rosuvastatin)
Lipidil (fenofibrate)
antiepileptics Dilantin (phenytoin)
Tegretol (carbamazepine)
acid reducers Tagamet (cimetidine)
Zantac (rantidine)
Axid (nizatidine)
diuretics (water pill)
Lasix (furosemide)
Aldactone (spironolactone)
HydroDIURIL/Hydropress (hydrochlorothiazide/HCTZ)
Dyazide (triamterene/hydrochlorothiazide)
drugs of abuse marijuana
opiods and narcotics Tylenol #1, #2, #3, #4
Vicodin, Percocet, Percodan
antiinflammatories Naprosyn/Anaprox (naproxen)
Indocid/Indocin (indomethacin)
hair loss medication Propecia (finasteride)
muscle relaxants Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine)
Norflex (orphenadrine)
nicotine (tobacco)
prostate medications Lupron (leuprolide)
Euflex/Eulexin (flutamide)
Proscar (finasteride)
Chemotherapy Neoral (cyclosporine)
Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide)
Others Maxeran (metoclopramide)

Medication use can lead to ED by interfering with blood flow the penis, brain activities, hormonal levels and nerve sensation and transmissions.

Some drugs that are abused such as cocaine and marijuana can lead to permanent ED as they damage blood vessels and nerves.

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Revised: August 27, 2019

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