Jack Bruder, MD.

Medications That Cause Erectile Dysfunction

February 23, 2021

Erectile depression is something that affects men all over the world.  It’s common because it can be caused by a variety of factors such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, relationship problems, stress, high cholesterol, and much more.  If you’re struggling with ED and you have crossed off most of the possibilities as to why it could be happening, you may be forgetting about one thing: what medications you’re taking.
This is an important factor to consider, as medications are a common reason why men struggle with this.  For that reason, our erectile dysfunction doctor in New York City has identified 3 of the medications that can cause ED.

Blood Pressure Medications

There are two types of blood pressure medications.  The first one, beta blockers, affect the same part of the nervous system responsible for causing erections.  Since they block blood flow to the penis, they can prevent you from getting an erection.  The second type of medication is called diuretics or “water pills.”  Not only can they affect the blood flow to the penis, but they cause your levels of zinc to decrease, therefore reducing your sex drive.


To start, depression is already a factor of erectile dysfunction, but the medication to treat depression can make the situation even worse.  This is because antidepressants cause block nerve impulses to the penis; this makes it hard to maintain an erection.  This type of medication can also decrease a man’s sex drive, which also contributes to the problem.


Antihistamines are used to treat common allergy symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, and runny nose.  Although this is a common medication, it can actually cause ED because it blocks the action of histamine.  Since histamine is a chemical in the body that’s involved in creating an erection, it can affect a man’s ability to get or maintain one.
These are 3 common medications that cause erectile dysfunction.  If you’re experiencing ED, talk to our erectile dysfunction doctor in New York City about what medications you’re taking and how to resolve the issue.

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