Drugs that may cause impotence

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Many different medicines and recreational drugs can have a man’s sexual arousal and sexual performance. What causes impotence in one man may not affect another man.If you think that a medication is having a negative effect on your sexual performance, talk to your health care provider. Never stop taking any medication without first talking to your doctor. Some medications may lead to life-threatening reactions if they are not carefully and slowly stopped or changed.

The following is a list of medications and nonprescription drugs that may cause impotence in men:

Antidepressants and other psychiatric medications:

Amitriptyline (Elavil)
Amoxapine (Asendin)
Buspirone (Buspar)
Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)
Clomipramine (Anafranil)
Clorazepate (Tranxene)
Desipramine (Norpramin)
Diazepam (Valium)
Doxepin (Sinequan)
Fluoxetine (Prozac)
Fluphenazine (Prolixin)
Imipramine (Tofranil)
Isocarboxazid (Marplan)
Lorazepam (Ativan)
Meprobamate (Equanil)
Mesoridazine (Serentil)
Nortriptyline (Pamelor)
Oxazepam (Serax)
Phenelzine (Nardil)
Phenytoin (Dilantin)
Sertraline (Zoloft)
Thioridazine (Mellaril)
Thiothixene (Navane)
Tranylcypromine (Parnate)
Trifluoperazine (Stelazine)

Antihistamine medications (certain classes of antihistamines are also used to treat heartburn):

Cimetidine (Tagamet)
Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine)
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril)
Meclizine (Antivert)
Nizatidine (Axid)
Promethazine (Phenergan)
Ranitidine (Zantac)

High blood pressure medicines and diuretics (“water pills”):

Atenolol (Tenormin)
Bethanidine
Bumetanide (Bumex)
Captopril (Capoten)
Chlorothiazide (Diuril)
Chlorthalidone (Hygroton)
Clonidine (Catapres)
Enalapril (Vasotec)
Furosemide (Lasix)
Guanabenz (Wytensin)
Guanethidine (Ismelin)
Guanfacine (Tenex)
Haloperidol (Haldol)
Hydralazine (Apresoline)
Hydrochlorothiazide (Esidrix)
Labetalol (Normodyne)
Methyldopa (Aldomet)
Metoprolol (Lopressor)
Nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia)
Phenoxybenzamine (Dibenzyline)
Phentolamine (Regitine)
Prazosin (Minipress)
Propranolol (Inderal)
Reserpine (Serpasil)
Spironolactone (Aldactone)
Triamterene (Maxzide)
Verapamil (Calan)

Among the antihypertensive medications, thiazides are the most common cause of ED, followed by beta-blockers. Alpha-blockers are, in general, less likely to cause this problem.

Parkinson’s disease medications:

Benztropine (Cogentin)
Biperiden (Akineton)
Bromocriptine (Parlodel)
Levodopa (Sinemet)
Procyclidine (Kemadrin)
Trihexyphenidyl (Artane)

Chemotherapy and hormonal medications:

Antiandrogens (Casodex, Flutamide, Nilutamide)
Busulfan (Myleran)
Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan)
Ketoconazole
LHRH agonists (Lupron, Zoladex)

Other medications:

Aminocaproic acid (Amicar)
Atropine
Clofibrate (Atromid-S)
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril)
Cyproterone
Digoxin (Lanoxin)
Disopyramide (Norpace)
Estrogen
Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar, Avodart)
Furazolidone (Furoxone)
H2 blockers (Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid)
Indomethacin (Indocin)
Lipid-lowering agents
Licorice
Metoclopramide (Reglan)
NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, etc.)
Orphenadrine (Norflex)
Prochlorperazine (Compazine)
Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)

Opiate analgesics (painkillers)

Codeine
Fentanyl (Innovar)
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
Meperidine (Demerol)
Methadone
Morphine
Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percodan)

Recreational drugs:

Alcohol
Amphetamines
Barbiturates
Cocaine
Marijuana
Heroin
Nicotine

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