Impotence or erectile dysfunction is the most common sexual disorder found in men. Generally it may be caused by physical or psychological factors including certain disorders (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases), smoking, alcohol consumption, stress, depression, anxiety etc. However some cases are reported to have erectile dysfunction caused due to drug abuse or certain medications
The medications which are generally used to cure other ailments or diseases sometimes lead to erectile dysfunction. These medications can trigger a change in testosterone level, damage nerves and hamper blood circulation. Given below are some of the medications that may increase the risk of erectile dysfunction:
Antihypertensive Drugs: They are used to treat mild hypertension. However these drugs are reported to cause low libido level among men and women. Antihypertensive drugs may results in decreased testosterone level which may adversely affects erection process.
Diuretic drugs: Diuretics drugs are mainly used to lower blood pressure. These drugs are responsible for decreasing the flow of blood throughout the body causing erectile dysfunction.
Antidepressant & anxiety drugs: These drugs are used for maintaining the normal functions of the brain and its neurotransmitters. However they are reported to have negative effects on sexual functions of a person. Some of these drugs are Prozac, antiepileptic medicines etc
Antihistamine medications: These include vistaril, antivert, benadryl and phenergan. This category of medications may increase the risk of erectile dysfunction in men causing painful sexual activity.
Anticonvulsant drugs: These drugs may alter the level of testosterone and thus decrease the sexual desire and libido among men thereby causing impotence. It includes dilantin, tegretol, mysoline and luminal.
Furthermore there are certain other drugs also which can cause erectile dysfunction when taken improperly such as barbiturates, methadone, nicotine, amphetamines as well as potent drugs that consist of opiates and cocaine. The improper usage of these drugs not only hampers the central nervous system but also damages the blood vessels carrying blood to important regions of the body causing permanent damage.