How drugs affect libido
It is still unknown how sexual desire arises. Libido depends on a complex concerted action of hormones and chemical agents affecting the brain and sexual organs. We are talking about such neurotransmitters as dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine increases sexual arousal, whereas serotonin diminishes sexual function. Also to achieve erection in men is important hormone testosterone. Accordingly, drugs that reduce testosterone levels in the blood can reduce libido.
Libido is largely dependent on emotional and physical health. Drugs affecting the General condition, i.e., causing drowsiness and weight gain, are also potentially aimed at changing sexual function. Medications that affect blood vessels in the penis and also the brain or nervous system, can cause erectile dysfunction.
Even if the medicine gave side effect of reducing libido, do not stop taking it without speaking with your doctor.
Drugs that reduce libido
Most often the likelihood of the side effect of reducing libido occurs when taking antidepressants. These drugs regulate the level of chemicals in the brain. In particular, medicines for depression, among the active substances which includes amitriptyline, fluoxetine, moclobemide or phenelzine, can cause sexual dysfunction, impotence, absence of ejaculation.
Drugs, lowering blood pressure, in particular enalapril, lisinopril, Doxazosin, Atenolol, Propranolol, Timolol, Verapamil, Nifedipine, can cause side effects such as impotence and decreased libido. An important role plays the fact that the tablets of this category are mostly elderly people, therefore, taking into account age-related changes, it is impossible to say what exactly is can cause sexual dysfunction.
Do not hide from the doctor information tell us about the problems in sexual life. This can be a signal of the need to adjust treatment or a new symptom of the disease.
Antipsychotics, in particular Toril, Chlorpromazine, Risperidone can affect erection, a reduction in sexual desire.
Among other substances having side effects in the form of reduced libido, you can call the following: Benzodiazepines, Cimetidine, Disulfiram, Finasteride, Metoclopramide, Omeprazole, Propantheline, Spironolactone, and opioid painkillers.
Remember that side effects do not manifest in all cases. Maybe your sex life won't suffer even if you find your medication in the above list.