I know that erectile dysfunction can be a common side effect of blood pressure medications, but can they also lower my sex drive? Sexual issues are a side effect of many medications, including ones prescribed to lower blood pressure. You're correct that erectile dysfunction ED is mentioned most frequently. But blood pressure medicines also can decrease sexual drive or make it more difficult to reach orgasm.
Sexual function in hypertensive males treated with lisinopril or atenolol: a cross-over study.
Prescription Medications Can Cause Sexual Dysfunction
Treatment for high blood pressure and satisfaction with sex can go hand in hand — if you're open about the problem and work closely with your doctor. High blood pressure often has no signs or symptoms. But the impact on your sex life may be obvious. Although sexual activity is unlikely to pose an immediate threat to your health — such as a heart attack — high blood pressure can affect your overall satisfaction with sex. A link between high blood pressure and sexual problems is proved in men.
Are your medicines disrupting your sex life?
Try it today! Indeed, studies show that prescription medications are responsible for as many as one of every four cases of sexual dysfunction — and this figure may understate the extent of the problem. How they can cause sexual dysfunction: Researchers say that by limiting the availability of cholesterol, a building block of hormones, these drugs likely interfere with the production of testosterone, estrogen and other sex hormones. Additionally, statins can cause rhabdomyolysis, a breakdown of muscle tissue, leading to joint pain and fatigue. A review of studies of statins and fibrates, published in , concluded that both classes of drugs may cause erectile dysfunction ED.
Rae Uddin has worked as a freelance writer and editor since She specializes in scientific journalism and medical and technical writing. Her work has appeared in various online publications. Uddin earned her Master of Science in integrated biomedical sciences with an emphasis in molecular and cellular biochemistry from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.