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Hypertension Drugs Men Use Can Cause Erectile Dysfunction
Hypertension medications are one cause of erectile dysfunction- but not every hypertension drug causes this side effect. Before telling you which hypertension drugs cause ED, let me remind you that hypertension is a heart health condition that also causes Erectile dysfunction. But there is hope for many men to find safe solutions for sexual health and ED caused by hypertension, atherosclerosis, and blood pressure medications.
Concerned About Hypertension Drug Side Effects And Erectile Dysfunction
What Questions Should You Ask Your Doctor
Prepare to ask your doctor the right questions at your next Men’s Health Appointment by writing down your vital Men’s Health questions, such as:
- Do you need to keep taking the prescription hypertension medicine?
- Does my hypertension medication cause Erectile Dysfunction?
- Would another prescription like Viagra® (sildenafil) or Cialis® (tadalafil) counteract the ED side effects of my hypertension drugs?
- Which natural ED supplements or medications for Erectile Dysfunction can I take with my hypertension prescription safely?
- Can you switch to another medication that doesn’t cause ED?
Talk to your doctor about your concerns. ED is more common than you think and you definitely won’t be the first person to mention it. To see what ED Medications are available by prescription at Florida Medical Group in Boca Raton, hit the button below.
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HYPERTENSION INDUCED ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION
Is it my medicine or is it just me? The same things that cause blood pressure problems for men, like hypertension and high cholesterol, can also cause erectile dysfunction. Most people with heart disease take blood pressure-lowering medicine. And if you are taking blood pressure medicine, I’d bet good money you have erectile dysfunction as well. But why me? And What now? Keep reading to find out how to fix ED for yourself (for good).
MOST MEN WITH HYPERTENSION SUFFER FROM ED.
MANY OF THESE SAME MEDICATIONS THAT TREAT HYPERTENSION ALSO CAUSE ED.
What is the link between high blood pressure and Erectile dysfunction?
A classification of ED, called Vascular Erectile Dysfunction- or Organic ED.
“Organic impotence refers to the inability to obtain an erection firm enough for vaginal penetration, or the inability to sustain the erection until completion of intercourse.”
The most frequent cause of ED, particularly in older men, is organic ED, which is characterized by anomalies in the penile arteries, veins, or both. When there is an arterial issue, the arteries’ stiffening, or arteriosclerosis, is typically to blame.
According to many experts, atrophy creates problems with maintaining a solid erection. The issue often goes unnoticed by many men until it is mild to severe. Asking yourself when you last had morning wood, also known as Nocturnal Tumescence or Morning Erections, is a quick self-check you can perform right now.
If you no longer pitch a little tent under your sheets every morning, I’m sorry to say that you likely have Erectile dysfunction.
Problems maintaining an erection are early symptoms of erectile dysfunction. The real problem is not with the veins but malfunction of the smooth muscle that surrounds the veins and arteries of your penis- a very common manifestation of atherosclerosis and vascular disease.
Degenerative wasting away of erectile tissues in the corpus cavernosum, the body of the penis, is known as penile atrophy. It is brought on by the penis not receiving enough fresh, oxygenated blood, and it advances swiftly if lactic acid is not removed from the penis.
WHAT CLASS OF ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION DO I HAVE?
Erectile dysfunction can result from any disease process that affects the tunica albuginea, penile arteries, nerves, hormone levels, smooth muscle tissue, or corporal endothelium. It is widely accepted that erectile dysfunction is intimately linked to conditions including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
If you are taking hypertension drugs and suffer from Erectile Dysfunction, it is likely that you have either or birth of these ED classifications.
A great variety of prescription drugs, such as blood pressure medications, antianxiety and antidepressant medications, glaucoma eye drops, and cancer chemotherapy agents are associated with ED.
Organic ED involves abnormalities in the penile arteries – atherosclerosis – and veins. This is the most common cause of ED in men- especially common as men become 40 years of age or older.
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DO ALL BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATIONS CAUSE ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION?
All blood pressure medications can cause erectile dysfunction, but “diuretics” (or “water pills”) are the most likely to do so.
Here are some hypertension blood pressure medications that commonly cause ED:
- Thiazide diuretics like chlorothiazide, chlorthalidone and hydrochlorothiazide
- Loop diuretics like furosemide and ethacrynic acid
Other heart medicines called beta-blockers have a small risk of ED. These include drugs like:
- metoprolol (Lopressor)
- atenolol (Tenormin)
- propranolol (Inderal)
- Bisoprolol (Zebeta).
If you’re having ED and take one of these medications, it’s not all bad news. Here is a list of the blood pressure medications that do not often cause ED. Contact your doctor today to discuss if a prescription change could help you.
angiotensin II receptor blocker
WHAT ABOUT MY CHOLESTEROL PILLS?
Contrary to popular belief, statins (drugs used to decrease cholesterol) such as atorvastatin, simvastatin, and rosuvastatin do not result in ED. Self-reported erectile function for men with ED who take statins for elevated cholesterol really improves by 25%. It’s a win-win situation because the statin also promotes heart and brain health.
WHAT OTHER DRUGS CAUSE ED?
Here are some additional medications that are commonly blame for causing ED:
- Some drugs for acid reflux
WHAT CAN I DO? HELP!
- Try cutting down the dose of the medicine* (NOT A SAFE OPTION)
- Try switching to a different type*(AGREED)
- Treat the erectile dysfunction for good at FLORIDA MEDICAL GROUP (100% BEST)
What other Medications Cause ED?
Antihistamines like Benadryl, Dramamine, and Phenergan can also cause erectile dysfunction. Antihistamines block the action of histamine, a chemical in the body that is involved in allergic reactions but also healthy erections.
Acid reflux medications
Like antihistamines, certain acid reflux drugs known as H2 blockers can also affect histamine and cause erectile dysfunction. In this class of drugs, cimetidine (Tagamet) has the highest risk for ED, while others like ranitidine (Zantac) and famotidine (Pepcid) have a lower risk.
Opioid pain medications
Opioids and ED also go together. If you use opioids long term, you can get low testosterone levels and erectile dysfunction. Examples of opioid medications are hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine.
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Many common medications, including blood pressure drugs and antidepressants, can cause ED as a side effect. Antidepressants, anti-ulcer medications, tranquilizers, and diuretics are the most typical prescription types associated with ED. For a list of what drugs can cause Erectile dysfunction, see our men’s health blog post titled:
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Your doctor might recommend the drug metoprolol to you if you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure, the cause of hypertension and angina in men. If you have a cardiovascular health problem, using drugs like metoprolol as directed will protect your general health and quality of life but could hurt your vitality. Metoprolol is safe and works for most men, but it can have some undesirable side effects, such as erectile dysfunction.
Studies show that men who use metoprolol often report difficulties achieving and maintaining good erections.
This report published in Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, as just one example, showed that men with high blood pressure who used metoprolol had lower average ratings on an erectile function than men who used alternative health options. Another prescription hypertension pill to ask your Men’s health doctor about is Losartan - because Losartan can actually benefit some men with ED, according to a study published by the American Journal of Medical Science.
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High cholesterol increases the chance of developing chronic health problems for men, including heart disease and Erectile dysfunction - ED. Because of this connection, men with high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease are more likely to have ED. The statin class of drugs, which are frequently prescribed to treat men with high cholesterol levels by lowering their cholesterol levels, may either cause ED or help to treat it, depending on the drug and your own biological response.
If you are concerned about high cholesterol or have a family history of heart disease, it is imperative that you see your Men’s health provider annually for a Men’s health checkup. Looking for the right Men’s Health provider in Boca Raton? Consider joining Florida Medical Group.
For most men asking themselves what causes Erectile dysfunction in Boca Raton, the answer is simple: atherosclerosis
The majority of men have atherosclerosis as they age, which causes our arteries to stiffen and lose their flexibility as plaque accumulates on the interior of the arteries that transport blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout our bodies. Atherosclerosis is the top cause of death in the US, closely followed by prostate cancer in men.
“About half of Americans between ages 45 and 84 have atherosclerosis and don’t know it.” (NIH, 2022)
Atherosclerosis steadily takes hold when plaque is formed in your blood by cholesterol, fat, blood cells, and other elements. Your arteries narrow as a result of plaque buildup. As a result, the body's essential organs suffocate over time as less oxygen-rich blood reaches certain parts of the body- including a man’s penis. The result of depriving the penis of oxygen over time is cell death and Erectile Dysfunction.
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