Archive for December 2011
The antihypertensive medications often cause sexual dysfunctions in males. There are different classes of antihypertensives such as beta-blockers, diuretics, calcium channel blockers, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors), and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). The lowering blood pressure medications are often used in combination with other drugs to manage blood pressure. Each class of blood lowering medications has different effects on male sexual function. Some of them such as calcium channel blockers and ACE inhibitors do not affect male abilities, while others beta blockers and diuretics cause erectile dysfunction. It is necessary to discuss with your doctor possible side effects of antihypertensive medications and their combinations.
You should also tell your doctor about other medications which you take on a regular basis. These drugs may include antidepressants and other psychiatric medications, Parkinson’s disease medications, hormonal medications, opiate analgesics, recreational drugs such as alcohol, amphetamines, nicotine, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, barbiturates.