Sexual Health Overview (cont.)
Which medications commonly cause sex problems for men or women?
The most well-known medications are antidepressant drugs such as
Prozac, or tranquilizers, such as
Valium, both of which can impact sex drive in both men and women. For women, certain
birth control pills can put a damper on desire, as can some formulations of HRT used to treat
menopause symptoms. Drugs known to increase the risk of impotency in men include certain high blood pressure drugs, antihistamines used for colds or allergies, some
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (like ibuprofen), heartburn drugs such as
Pepcid, some lipid-lowering drugs for
cholesterol, and certain medications used to treat
Parkinson's disease or cancer.