4 libido killing meds
It's a known fact that medications can cause some side effects. Whileexperiencing nausea, dry mouth or sleeplessness isn't anybody's idea of a goodtime, most side effects are categorized as mere inconveniences. But certainmedications can elbow their way into your sex life and cause unpleasant effects,such as a lack of desire, impotence and difficulty reaching orgasm. When youneed the medication to deal with a serious health problem, it can feel likeyou're stuck between a rock and a. well, not-so-hard place.
Luckily, in many cases, there are steps you can take that will decrease theseverity of the symptoms — if not erase them altogether. That way, you canbe at peace knowing your underlying condition is still being treated with nohindrance to your mojo. Here are some of the most common libido downers and tipsto help you cope.
Description: Loss of desire, delayed orgasm and impotence are commonly reportedamong men taking Prozac and many other forms of antidepressants.
Counteractive measures: It may be frustrating that the medication treating yourdepression is causing you to lose interest in an activity that makes you smile,but it's a relatively common side effect with many antidepressants. Sometimesall you need is a little bit of patience, as the sexual side effects associatedwith Prozac may go away after a few months. You can also try scheduling sexualactivity before your daily dose of medication, or skipping a dose one day a week(but only after you talk to your doctor first). If you still get no relief, adifferent form of antidepressant may resolve your libido problems.
Condition it treats: Peptic ulcers, acid reflux disease, hyperactivity
Description: Along with being known to cause male breast enlargement in rarenumbers, Zantac can cause impotence and a lack of interest in sex.
Counteractive measures: While most ulcers can be cured by antibiotics,physicians still prescribe Zantac, or a similar drug like Pepcid or Tagamet, totreat acid reflux disease. Unfortunately, many of these alternativeprescriptions have similar side effects.
Some men have had luck with adopting lifestyle modifications, which may cancelout the need for medication. Some things you can do to ease heartburn and acidreflux include not eating within three hours before bedtime, stop smoking, eatsmaller portions, and lose weight.
Condition it treats: Hair loss due to male pattern baldness, enlarged prostate
Description: In less than 1% of the population, Propecia has been known tocause decreased sex drive, decreased amount of ejaculate, difficult orgasms, andtrouble getting and maintaining an erection.
Counteractive measures: Losing hair may be one of a man's greatest fears, butunfortunately, treating male pattern baldness can mean choosing between a fullhead of hair or a sex life. If your libido is affected by Propecia, there areother hair loss treatments that may do the trick. Rogaine, a topical solution,can be used to promote hair growth, and hair transplants have also proveneffective for many men. Since sexual side effects due to Propecia use arepurported to be rare, many physicians advise their patients to look for anunderlying psychological cause of their sexual problems before blaming themedication.
Condition it treats: Hypertension and diabetes
Description: Zestril, along with other angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors,doesn't have as much of a reputation as beta blockers for harming libido, butthat doesn't nullify its potential. Those who experience a change in their sexlives may have trouble reaching orgasm, changes in ejaculationvolume, impotence, and a lack of sexual desire.
Counteractive measures: Libido effects in connection with Zestril are touted asrare, so first make sure the changes in your sexual performance or desire don'tstem from psychological causes. But because many other anti-hypertensive drugsshare the potential to cause problems in the bedroom, your best bet may be tosimply not get high blood pressure in the first place. Exercising, eating welland avoiding nasty habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption may goa long way toward preventing or treating hypertension.
While the potential mojo effects of some of these medications can be daunting,it's worth noting that in all four of these drugs, sexual side effects are saidto be extremely rare. Some physicians may argue that any libido issues thatarise shortly after taking the drugs are a result of the power of suggestion— because you've heard the sexual horror stories, you're expecting, andwaiting for, the same thing to happen to you. If you experience these sideeffects, and you don't think it's a simple case of mind over matter, take heart.
For each condition you need medication to treat, there are usually dozens ofalternate drugs you can take that may not affect your sex life in the same way.
In most cases, you and your doctor can work together to find a treatment thatkeeps itself out of the bedroom.
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