Thursday, September 3, 2009

Impotence and High Blood Pressure Drugs!!

Impotence or erectile dysfunction is referred to as “weak or NO erections”. It is the inability of an individual to sustain erection during sexual intercourse. It may be caused by numerous factors including birth defects, stress, anxiety, depression, post surgical effects, low sexual desire, relationship problems, obesity and drug abuse.

Drugs which are causing impotence are high blood pressure drugs, sedatives, antidepressants, antihypertensive medicines, gastric disorder medicines, antihistamines, cancer medications, Dyslipidemia drugs, and Anti-Parkinson medicines.

It is a well known fact that strong erections need proper supply of blood to the penile region. High blood pressure medicines like diuretics lower blood pressure by decreasing blood volume. As a result the flow of blood to the penis gets reduced considerably. Beta blockers are also known to decrease blood flow to the penis. Impotence is one of the side-effect of high blood pressure drugs.

However not all blood pressure drugs leads to impotence. Angiostensin receptor blockers, calcium channel blockers, Alpha blockers and ace inhibitors do not decrease the supply of blood to the penis and thus do not cause impotence.

Angiotensin receptor blockers are Avalide, Cozaar, Diovan, Vasotec, Prinivil, Accupril, Aceon, Capoten, Mavic, Monopril, Micardis, Atacand, Teveten, Tarka, Lotensin etc. Thus it is advisable to consult doctor before opting for any medications so as to minimize the chances of impotence.

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