Specialists in the treatment of male sexual problems claim that about 25% of all cases of erectile dysfunction are caused with taking certain medications. Scientific findings have proved this fact. Basically, it is subject to middle-aged and elderly men. However, there are lots of rather young representatives of the sterner sex who take the medications leading to erectile disorders. This often causes disappointment and the desire to discontinue the treatment, which is often, unfortunately, impossible.
Lots of representatives of the stronger sex especially in the old age suffer from arterial hypertension. Few are aware that potency and hypertension are highly correlated. For a full-fledged erection it’s necessary to have blood flow into the cavernous penis bodies during the coitus and blood outflow after it. The mechanism works well only with healthy elastic vessels, which is not possible in the case of hypertension. But for a part of men, the erection is weakened not only by the disease itself, but also by the drugs taken from hypertension.
For hypertension treatment, beta-andrenoblockers are prescribes. Their key actions are:
- Decrease the heart’s oxygen demand;
- Make vessels more elastic;
- Decrease blood turnover rate;
- Reduce the permeability of impulses of the heart muscle.
As a result, blood pressure is normalized and heart hurry accessions drop off. But a patient gets some unpleasant and unwanted side-effects:
- Drowse or increased fatigability;
- Decrease in the intensity of the endocrine system, including the sex glands;
- The reaction of penis to sexual excitation weakens;
- Anxiety and depression.
Besides, it’s scientifically proved that most antihypertensive drugs inhibit testosterone production that has a detrimental effect on erectile function. But specialists’ opinions about the effect of beta-blockers and hypertension on potency are still ambiguous: some believe that the matter is in the disease itself, others believe that the side effects of drugs are to blame.
But for those who don’t want to take antihypertensive drugs because of their increasing effect on sexual functions, we’d like to remind that hypertension has a much more dangerous impact on potency than the drugs for its treatment.
Some diseases (for example, prostate tumor) are cured with hormonal drugs, which suppress the action of male hormones on male genitals. Usually such kinds of medicinal preparations inhibit the testicles function leading to weakening of potency. However, doctors usually caution their patients that these drugs have a temporary effect, which lasts only while medication intake. As soon as the treatment with hormonal drugs is finished, normal range of sperm formation is recovered and problems with potency disappear.
Besides, most specialists warn about taking anabolic steroids, which are widely used in professional bodybuilding and strength sports. First of all, these should be taken only under the supervision of a doctor in sports medicine, who may prescribe the safest preparations for male potency, appoint the whole therapy and a maximum possible daily dose. Moreover, steroids shouldn’t be taken regularly, protracted treatment is preferable.
Men can have erectile dysfunction as a side effect of depression or as an after effect of taking antidepressant drugs. These medications usually affect central nervous system causing the depression of sexual function. The most frequently problems with an erection occurs after the intake of double-action antidepressants, or specific serotonin Re-uptake inhibitors (ISRS).
Erectile disorder during ISRS intake has the following features:
- Low sperm count;
- The quality weakness of erection.
These signs appear after 3 months of medication intake. To decrease the intensity of them, a doctor may administer an underdose or medication to support potency, like Sildenafil, Viagra, Levitra and the like.
Besides, erectile dysfunction is observed in patients who have:
- Involuntary urination (Oxybotinin and Tolterodinone );
- Rhinitis (Norephedrine);
- Gastrointestinal diseases (Cinamet and Ranitidine);
- Prostatic hypertrophy (Finasteride);
- Prostate cancer.